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A missing teenager, drugs, yachts, the sex trade and a cold trail that leads from Sydney to Norfolk Island, Byron Bay and Coolangatta. Can Cliff Hardy find out what's really going on? Will one man's loss be Hardy's gain? 'I'd read about it in the papers, heard the radio reports and seen the TV coverage and then forgotten about it, the way you do with news stories.' A missing A missing teenager, drugs, yachts, the sex trade and a cold trail that leads from Sydney to Norfolk Island, Byron Bay and Coolangatta. Can Cliff Hardy find out what's really going on? Will one man's loss be Hardy's gain? 'I'd read about it in the papers, heard the radio reports and seen the TV coverage and then forgotten about it, the way you do with news stories.' A missing girl, drugs, yachts, the sex trade and a cold trail that leads from Sydney to Norfolk Island, Byron Bay and Coolangatta. The police suspect the father, Gerard Fonteyn OA, a wealthy businessman. But he's hired Cliff to find her, given him unlimited expenses and posted a $250,000 reward for information. Finally there's a break - an unconfirmed sighting of Juliana Fonteyn, alive and well. But as usual, nothing is straightforward. Various other players are in the game - and Cliff doesn't know the rules, or even what the game might be. He's determined to find out, and as the bodies mount up the danger to himself and to Juliana increases.


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A missing teenager, drugs, yachts, the sex trade and a cold trail that leads from Sydney to Norfolk Island, Byron Bay and Coolangatta. Can Cliff Hardy find out what's really going on? Will one man's loss be Hardy's gain? 'I'd read about it in the papers, heard the radio reports and seen the TV coverage and then forgotten about it, the way you do with news stories.' A missing A missing teenager, drugs, yachts, the sex trade and a cold trail that leads from Sydney to Norfolk Island, Byron Bay and Coolangatta. Can Cliff Hardy find out what's really going on? Will one man's loss be Hardy's gain? 'I'd read about it in the papers, heard the radio reports and seen the TV coverage and then forgotten about it, the way you do with news stories.' A missing girl, drugs, yachts, the sex trade and a cold trail that leads from Sydney to Norfolk Island, Byron Bay and Coolangatta. The police suspect the father, Gerard Fonteyn OA, a wealthy businessman. But he's hired Cliff to find her, given him unlimited expenses and posted a $250,000 reward for information. Finally there's a break - an unconfirmed sighting of Juliana Fonteyn, alive and well. But as usual, nothing is straightforward. Various other players are in the game - and Cliff doesn't know the rules, or even what the game might be. He's determined to find out, and as the bodies mount up the danger to himself and to Juliana increases.

30 review for Win, Lose or Draw

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Win, Lose or Draw is another great book by Peter Corris. Readers of Win, Lose or Draw, will enjoy the twist and turns of the story and the conclusion. Win, Lose or Draw is about trying to find Juliana, daughter of wealthy Sydney businessman. However, the investigation highlighted other issues that devastated everyone. Readers will start to think about the problems and consequences of drug abuse for the family and the community. I love the way Peter Corris made his main character Cliff Hardy not Win, Lose or Draw is another great book by Peter Corris. Readers of Win, Lose or Draw, will enjoy the twist and turns of the story and the conclusion. Win, Lose or Draw is about trying to find Juliana, daughter of wealthy Sydney businessman. However, the investigation highlighted other issues that devastated everyone. Readers will start to think about the problems and consequences of drug abuse for the family and the community. I love the way Peter Corris made his main character Cliff Hardy not to be perfect or sexy. I recommend this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Blair

    So much to like about this book. The protagonist, Cliff Hardy is relatable, the rogue's gallery of characters enthralling, and the settings real and tangible. The dialogue is lively and the narrative romps along at a breathless pace. But the thing that ruined it for me was the rushed ending. I felt like I'd invested so much in the foregoing story line, that when the end came, it was a damp squib unworthy of the rest of the novel. This was my first experience with Coriss's renowned Cliff Hardy. I p So much to like about this book. The protagonist, Cliff Hardy is relatable, the rogue's gallery of characters enthralling, and the settings real and tangible. The dialogue is lively and the narrative romps along at a breathless pace. But the thing that ruined it for me was the rushed ending. I felt like I'd invested so much in the foregoing story line, that when the end came, it was a damp squib unworthy of the rest of the novel. This was my first experience with Coriss's renowned Cliff Hardy. I picked it up from the "recent returns" pile at the library. There's enough good stuff in there to make me want to return to this author and see what else he's got up his sleeve.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sally Edsall

    Peter Corris is going blind (diabetic retinopathy) and so has drawn the curtain on his 30 year crime series featuring private gumshoe Cliff Hardy. I've enjoyed them over the years, especially summer holiday reading. And this proved a great way to top and tail a rainy day - intensive couch work. Completely undemanding, a good page turner, nicely plotted. No cloying farewells, just the satisfactory close of another case. I enjoyed it. Peter Corris is going blind (diabetic retinopathy) and so has drawn the curtain on his 30 year crime series featuring private gumshoe Cliff Hardy. I've enjoyed them over the years, especially summer holiday reading. And this proved a great way to top and tail a rainy day - intensive couch work. Completely undemanding, a good page turner, nicely plotted. No cloying farewells, just the satisfactory close of another case. I enjoyed it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Don

    Win, Lose or Draw by Peter Corris (Cliff Hardy series #42) Win, Lose or Draw is the 42nd novel in Peter Corris’ easy listening Cliff Hardy series. Set in Sydney, Coolangatta, Norfolk Island and Byron Bay, Cliff finds himself working for a client who not only trusts and thinks highly of Cliff, but also has a seemingly bottomless bank account. This is something which Hardy finds novel and almost embarrassing to have not hundreds, but thousands of dollars for expenses. A missing daughter, drugs and the Win, Lose or Draw by Peter Corris (Cliff Hardy series #42) Win, Lose or Draw is the 42nd novel in Peter Corris’ easy listening Cliff Hardy series. Set in Sydney, Coolangatta, Norfolk Island and Byron Bay, Cliff finds himself working for a client who not only trusts and thinks highly of Cliff, but also has a seemingly bottomless bank account. This is something which Hardy finds novel and almost embarrassing to have not hundreds, but thousands of dollars for expenses. A missing daughter, drugs and the sex trade are all interwoven to make Win, Lose or Draw a fast paced enjoyable story, with a wide range of enjoyable, and colourful, characters included as one would expected in scenarios such as this. Mention must also be made of Dino Marnika, the third narrator of the Cliff Hardy series. His gravelly voice is certainly different and suits the Cliff Hardy series. I will rate Win, Lose or Draw as a three star book. They are enjoyable stories, but very predictable. Other Goodreads readers have rated Win, Lose or Draw an average of 3.84 stars, from 234 ratings and 21 reviews.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Balthazar Lawson

    This is the 42nd and last book in the Cliff Hardy series and it was, mostly, one of the more enjoyable ones. Although it was the last it doesn't read as if it's the end, but as the author has died there won't be anymore. Cliff is hired to find a missing girl, just one more investigator in a long line of them. It's a job that goes no where for months until a photograph turns up. Things then start happening and he is on the hunt that brings him into contact with the usual lowlifes of society and th This is the 42nd and last book in the Cliff Hardy series and it was, mostly, one of the more enjoyable ones. Although it was the last it doesn't read as if it's the end, but as the author has died there won't be anymore. Cliff is hired to find a missing girl, just one more investigator in a long line of them. It's a job that goes no where for months until a photograph turns up. Things then start happening and he is on the hunt that brings him into contact with the usual lowlifes of society and threats to his well being. But towards the end it got a bit convoluted and kind of lost it's way a bit. It's well worth the read though.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Richard Marman

    Peter Corris has been around for ages, yet this is the first time I've read one of his books. It's the last Cliff Hardy story after forty-one previous outings. The plot's a good solid PI procedural set on the Australian Eastern Seaboard with a missing teenage girl, crooked cops, gangsters, good and bad tough guys,murder, sex trade and drug users to keep the story rolling along. I enjoyed the book. It's written in a pacy, easy-to-read style. So I'll be looking out for some of the earlier Cliff Har Peter Corris has been around for ages, yet this is the first time I've read one of his books. It's the last Cliff Hardy story after forty-one previous outings. The plot's a good solid PI procedural set on the Australian Eastern Seaboard with a missing teenage girl, crooked cops, gangsters, good and bad tough guys,murder, sex trade and drug users to keep the story rolling along. I enjoyed the book. It's written in a pacy, easy-to-read style. So I'll be looking out for some of the earlier Cliff Hardy mysteries.

  7. 4 out of 5

    CriminalRepurcussions

    What a shame people have to retire !! This is a fantastic ending to a brilliant series and a fantastic way to retire from a brilliant career entertaining the multitudes with wonderful works and stories. Congratulations on a wonderfully entertaining book, always told straightforwardly, no punches, no padding out, not a wasted word - it's perfect. We will miss Peter Corris' writing. Making our way through the entire series. Thankyou, Peter Corris. What a shame people have to retire !! This is a fantastic ending to a brilliant series and a fantastic way to retire from a brilliant career entertaining the multitudes with wonderful works and stories. Congratulations on a wonderfully entertaining book, always told straightforwardly, no punches, no padding out, not a wasted word - it's perfect. We will miss Peter Corris' writing. Making our way through the entire series. Thankyou, Peter Corris.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ann Tonks

    It's hard to imagine that this as book #42, this is the last Cliff Hardy story. It's a perfectly solid PI story with drugs, dysfunctional families, Italian-Australian gangsters. I'm probably giving it more stars than it actually deserves just because Hardy as a character is such an important part of Australian fiction. It's hard to imagine that this as book #42, this is the last Cliff Hardy story. It's a perfectly solid PI story with drugs, dysfunctional families, Italian-Australian gangsters. I'm probably giving it more stars than it actually deserves just because Hardy as a character is such an important part of Australian fiction.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gary Vassallo

    Another fantastic Cliff Hardy adventure. Unfortunately it is the last, as sadly Peter Corris is no longer with us. It was great to see that Corris was still at the top of his game with this novel which had the usual unexpected twists and turns. Highly recommended, as is every Peter Corris novel that I have read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Janie Gibson

    Fast paced. Easy to read. Hardy has classic hooks to keep our reading. His novel is set in places which many of us would be familiar with. His characters are varied and while sparsely drawn, are individual. The plot is clever. Events the reader is probably familiar with, are scattered through the novel giving it authenticity. It may mean that future readers will find it dated.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angela Zhou

    It's the first Cliff Hardy book I have ever read, don't think I will try a second one. To me, Cliff Hardy is a very kind and honest person, but can't say he is a great detective. Maybe I have read too many Sherlock Holmes and Poirot... It's the first Cliff Hardy book I have ever read, don't think I will try a second one. To me, Cliff Hardy is a very kind and honest person, but can't say he is a great detective. Maybe I have read too many Sherlock Holmes and Poirot...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mumbler

    Another good one. The ending is a nice moment for the series to go out on. Even though not planned as that, the author reports. Thank you, Mr. Corris. :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Another rollicking good yarn featuring Cliff Hardy, the likeable larrikin investigator. Always enjoy these stories.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michael Durkin

    Easy read, affable main character and good story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Any Length

    An ok read for a long flight or a lengthy train journey. I felt a bit lost toward the end when things got a bit complicated.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paul Grose

    One final case with Cliff Hardy.........a well deserved ending to a great Australian character.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liza

    There was a time when I would eagerly read a new Peter Corris novel. Cliff Hardy, the barely b grade private detective, strode the mean streets of Sydney and Bryan Brown played him in the cinema at the height of his career. Now both Corris and Hardy are getting on and have health issues so this is the final Cliff Hardy novel. It's a quick read. There was a time when I would eagerly read a new Peter Corris novel. Cliff Hardy, the barely b grade private detective, strode the mean streets of Sydney and Bryan Brown played him in the cinema at the height of his career. Now both Corris and Hardy are getting on and have health issues so this is the final Cliff Hardy novel. It's a quick read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ainslie

    A vintage Cliff Hardy to end the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Warren Gossett

    I heard Peter Corriss being interviewed recently by Phillip Adams on ABC Radio National. I had not read any of his books before. I was charmed by this private investigator Cliff Hardy #42. It is really a feel good crime story in the Sydney world of drugs and boats, with side trips to Queensland and Norfolk Island.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Zuzu Burford

    Typical Cliff Hardy, fast moving, interesting plot. The last book by Peter Corris had a few subtle comments on society tucked away here. Sad the series has ended. Although this series has had an exceptional shelf life. Well done.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Many years ago there was a specialist bookshop tucked away in Auburn Road, Hawthorn run by a crime fiction expert and massive enabler (I think his name was Malcolm Campbell). He was one of those real-life people that made me thankful I'd made the trek from the bush to the big city, and Peter Corris was another. Sure I probably would have eventually found his books, but arriving in the city, finding that shop, and eventually being introduced to Cliff Hardy, kind of reinforced at that time it had Many years ago there was a specialist bookshop tucked away in Auburn Road, Hawthorn run by a crime fiction expert and massive enabler (I think his name was Malcolm Campbell). He was one of those real-life people that made me thankful I'd made the trek from the bush to the big city, and Peter Corris was another. Sure I probably would have eventually found his books, but arriving in the city, finding that shop, and eventually being introduced to Cliff Hardy, kind of reinforced at that time it had been a good move all round. From the opening book in the Cliff Hardy series, here was something that was familiar, and yet slightly different about them. They are, as further study eventually revealed, straight out of the lone-wolf, private eye rule book, and yet quintessentially Australian. They are also very Sydney - with the mean streets that Hardy lived on never that far from the Harbour, yet there is something in the quick-fire delivery, and the quiet determination that reeks of the laconic Australian character. Put a hat on him, push it back on his head and roll up his sleeves and Hardy could have been a man from the bush. Stick him in a Ford, hand him a glass of wine, and have him haunt a few coffee shops and bars and he was city through and through. Part of the appeal of Cliff Hardy is that he has always been as hard to pin down - age / background / look and feel, as he has been instantly recognisable. But forty-two books later, Cliff is flagging a little, but game as always, and Peter Corris has pulled the plug, battling a few health problems of his own. So reading WIN, LOSE OR DRAW is one of those jarring moments no matter how you look at it. It's the last ever book of a series that's become as part of all fans January's as has a food hangover or the Test Cricket. It's certainly always been my Boxing Day Test tradition - flat out on a couch, test on in the background, Cliff Hardy book in hand. Glass of white wine beside me. It also appears that the decision to call it quits on the series happened after the book had been written - so there's no maudlin fare-the-well's, no tying up of any long-standing questions (not that there really are that many, expect maybe how bloody old is Cliff really!). What we have in WIN, LOSE OR DRAW is classic Hardy, hired by a wealthy businessman, Gerard Fonteyn, to find his teenage daughter. Julianna has been missing for over a year and despite a number of other granted half-hearted attempts there's never been a hint that she's dead or alive. Initially Hardy is inclined to agree with this assessment, but a photograph that eventually comes to light is just enough for him to get out, kick some rocks and see what crawls out. A nicely complicated plot is elegantly executed with plenty of opportunity for even a slightly cricket distracted reader to keep up, but as always at the heart of these books is the tough-guy, lone-wolf, rough-around-the-edges, good-bloke Cliff Hardy. Even exiting this way, on a high, solving the unsolvable, never looking back, never saying goodbye, no regrets, no apologies, kind of makes sense. It won't make fans feel any better come next January, but then there are 42 of these books that you can always re-read. That's a lot of January's. http://www.austcrimefiction.org/revie...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    ok

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andy Behrendt

    Perfect. From start to finish, this book is vintage Peter Corris and a fitting way to say farewell to Cliff Hardy. On the trail of the missing daughter of a wealthy business man, everything isn't as it seems. Tracing leads from Sydney to Norfolk Island, Coolangatta and back to Sydney, Hardy runs up against the usual assortment of thugs and underworld characters determined to beat him to the girl. He also has to deal with a photographic journalist determined to claim the reward for finding the gi Perfect. From start to finish, this book is vintage Peter Corris and a fitting way to say farewell to Cliff Hardy. On the trail of the missing daughter of a wealthy business man, everything isn't as it seems. Tracing leads from Sydney to Norfolk Island, Coolangatta and back to Sydney, Hardy runs up against the usual assortment of thugs and underworld characters determined to beat him to the girl. He also has to deal with a photographic journalist determined to claim the reward for finding the girl, over zealous Queensland coppers and another Private Investigator struggling to stay in the game. Hardy is older and wiser these days and Corris illustrates this brilliantly. In a recent blog post, he mentioned that he didn't realise he would be writing his last Cliff Hardy novel when he started, but it is hard to not feel like the character has reached a point where age is starting to weary him and where running headfirst into trouble isn't always the first option. These days Cliff is perhaps a little less edgey and a little more prone to thoughtful planning, however at his core he is still the same portrait of a private detective that he was way back when Corris first wrote The Dying Trade (published 1980). Anyone who is has read and enjoyed a Cliff Hardy novel over the years, will find this as comfortable as a pair of old slippers as Corris applies his tried and tested formula. For those who haven't discovered Cliff Hardy, chances are that you will be back for more.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rosalie

    Sadly this was the last book written by Peter Corris who died last year. I love his Cliff Hardy novels, his well structures stories, and his straightforward writing - the succinct descriptions and Sydney settings. He paints pictures by using familiar analogies and perceptions e.g ' the grooves on my dial were almost as deep as Mick Jagger's" and "with a few drinks inside I played some early Elvis -...- to put me in touch with my youth and it's simpler realities" and " A few kilometres inland fro Sadly this was the last book written by Peter Corris who died last year. I love his Cliff Hardy novels, his well structures stories, and his straightforward writing - the succinct descriptions and Sydney settings. He paints pictures by using familiar analogies and perceptions e.g ' the grooves on my dial were almost as deep as Mick Jagger's" and "with a few drinks inside I played some early Elvis -...- to put me in touch with my youth and it's simpler realities" and " A few kilometres inland from here there was bland suburbia but on the beach there was money and signs of it being spent - on big houses in bad taste with a penchant for pillars". In this book Cliff Hardy has aged well but has to take medications and is well aware of his limitations, he can still pack a punch and outplays most of his adversaries, but he can't save everyone.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kerrie

    When Juliana Fonteyn disappears she is an underage teenager. By the time her father hires Cliff Hardy to find her the case is already 18 months old, and other investigators have tried to find her and failed. In her father's estimation they have largely been concerned with how much they will be paid. In Cliff Hardy he hopes he has found someone who really cares. And there is new evidence that Juliana is still alive - a photograph taken on Norfolk Island. Even so the investigation doesn't go smoot When Juliana Fonteyn disappears she is an underage teenager. By the time her father hires Cliff Hardy to find her the case is already 18 months old, and other investigators have tried to find her and failed. In her father's estimation they have largely been concerned with how much they will be paid. In Cliff Hardy he hopes he has found someone who really cares. And there is new evidence that Juliana is still alive - a photograph taken on Norfolk Island. Even so the investigation doesn't go smoothly and after fruitless weeks Hardy tells Gerard Fonteyn that he is giving up. And then there is yet another breakthrough. This relatively easy read reflects the fact that the Australian author is most accomplished. This is #42 in a very popular series, although I have read very few of them before. Something I can see I should remedy in 2017.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Corinne Johnston

    Sad that this is the final outing for Cliff Hardy, but happy that he was back in his old haunts, doing what he does best. Much more emotionally charged than many previous Cliff Hardy books, but a great send off to the old dog. I particularly liked learning a little more about his relationship with his daughter, Hank and his grandsons.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

  28. 4 out of 5

    Malaika Jordan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Norman Piccoli

  30. 4 out of 5

    Peter Brice

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