The Toe Tag Quintet: Five Novellas of Murder and Mayhem by Matthew Condon

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February 2013, no. 348
Simon Collinson reviews 'The Toe Tag Quintet' by Matthew Condon

The Toe Tag Quintet: Five Novellas of Murder and Mayhem

by Matthew Condon

Vintage, $27.95 pb, 352 pp, 9781742756691

The Toe Tag Quintet: Five Novellas of Murder and Mayhem by Matthew Condon

Reviewed by
February 2013, no. 348

Matthew Condon is a writer who confounds expectations. He followed his prize-winning epic novel The Trout Opera (2007) with Brisbane (2010), a meditative exploration of the city’s rich history. In The Toe Tag Quintet, he turns his hand to crime. This is not a novel but a series of novellas about a detective’s exploits following his retirement to the Gold Coast. The stories are consecutive but distinct, a mosaic structure not unlike the one Condon used to great effect in his début collection, The Motorcycle Cafe (1988).

Simon Collinson reviews 'The Toe Tag Quintet' by Matthew Condon

The Toe Tag Quintet: Five Novellas of Murder and Mayhem

by Matthew Condon

Vintage, $27.95 pb, 352 pp, 9781742756691

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