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  • Once again, an excellent Aussie crime thriller.

    Trust is the third book in the Martin Scarsden series by award-winning Australian author Chris Hammer. Five years ago, before Mandalay Blonde had met Martin Scarsden, she was engaged to a lawyer, Tarquin Molloy. He’d got her a job as a clerk at Mollisons Investment Bank, a job she lost when he disappeared overseas with a lot of the bank’s money. She’s avoided thinking about the whole awful thing since. Martin is unaware. Then a voicemail scream sends him rushing back to their Port Silver house, to find Mandy abducted and an unconscious police detective lying on their loungeroom floor. With that, he and Mandy are both thrown into the aftermath of past events. Homicide cop Morris Montifore arrives with questions, and some answers: apparently the embezzler’s remains have recently been found in the foundations of a five-year-old Parramatta apartment building. He also reveals that Molloy was an undercover cop. By the time he and Mandy have been reunited in Sydney, Martin learns that his closest friend, a journalist with an explosive story in the works, has been killed. Their plan to return to the safety of Port Silver is delayed: Martin feels duty-bound to find out why his good friend and mentor was murdered; and, out of a misplaced sense of guilt, Mandy wants to know what really happened to Tarquin. From there, it’s a roller-coaster ride: Martin’s Sydney apartment is trashed and burgled; he and Mandy find themselves dealing with infected phones, and navigating, thanks to a very cluey computer geek, the deep web and the cloud; they encounter petty crooks, crooked cops and a Chicago mobster; there’s an exclusive dinner club that indulges in more than meals, a gun battle in Sydney street, and, within mere pages, three crooks express a desire for Martin to clear their names. The narratives alternate between Martin and Mandy, and describe a tangled web that involves lies, secrets, a seemingly universal lack of trust, murder, blackmail, corruption, and nepotism. ASIO gets involved and by the end of the novel, there’s a very blood-thirsty scene and, ultimately, quite a high body count of innocents, the less-than-innocent and the definitely guilty. Mandy proves she has been singularly bad at judging who to trust; maybe she’s finally got it right with Martin? The setting Hammer has chosen for this third installment, with its plentiful mentions of Sydney locations, will certainly appeal to those who know the city. Once again, an excellent Aussie crime thriller. This unbiased review from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Allen&Unwin.

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  • Trust

    Another fantastic read from Chris Hammer. Love the grittiness of Australia under the masterful story telling by such an accomplished writer. Chris Hammer brings the characters to life so well, you become so invested in the story and don't want it to end but at the same time he ties everything together so beautifully.

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  • Trust

    Was a great read loved it.i couln't put it down a real page turner.

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  • Great read

    Another great read in this series. I love these books, not only for the suspense and great writing but also for the descriptions of the Australian settings

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  • Average read

    Too many characters too hard to keep up with the storyline and remembering who is who. Story ok but not edge of your seat read.

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