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

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

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).

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Published in February 2013, no. 348
Simon Collinson

Simon Collinson

Simon Collinson is a reviewer, bookseller, and editor. He was a Young Writing Ambassador for the SA Writers’ Centre and a 2013 editor of the Flinders University student magazine Empire Times. He lives in Adelaide, where he founded the city’s first Finnegans Wake reading group.

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