The Soft Touch

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A gripping short crime story featuring Darian Richards by Australia's bestselling debut crime writer Tony Cavanaugh. Includes previews of his first two full-length novels.


[Cavanaugh's debut is] 'as good as Harlan Coben' - Weekend Australian.


Darian Richards is a retired homicide investigator. He was one of the best. But chasing monsters eventually took its toll and he quit the force to sit on a jetty on the Noosa River. Or so he planned.

After years of service, witnessing the best and the worst of policing, Darian has made up his own mind about justice. Whenever a horrific crime is committed debate rages about the nature of punishment. As far as the law is concerned justice doesn't condone revenge, but tell that to the family of a murder victim or to the woman you can't protect. Darian Richards knows that in the real world, when your hands are tied, sometimes revenge is the only justice.

The Soft Touch takes you deep into Darian's past, to the life lessons that made him who he is. He is a man you want looking out for you not looking for you.


The Darian Richards Series

Promise
Dead Girl Sing
The Soft Touch (Short Story)
The Train Rider
Kingdom of the Strong
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About the author

Tony Cavanaugh is an Australian writer and producer for film and television. He has written for The Sullivans, Carson's Law, The Flying Doctors, Fire, Adrenalin Junkies and Clowning Around. He was nominated for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for the screenplay Through My Eyes. His first novel, PROMISE, was critically acclaimed. DEAD GIRL SING is his second novel.
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Publisher
Hachette Australia
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Published on
Jan 29, 2013
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Pages
40
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ISBN
9780733630064
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Traditional
Fiction / Noir
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Literary Collections / Australian & Oceanian
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Acclaimed crime writer Tony Cavanaugh is back with a gripping new novel featuring Australia's answer to Michael Connelly's Hieronymus Bosch - Darian Richards.

Darian Richards is an ex-cop, a good one. He did whatever it took to solve a crime and stop the bad guy. Whatever it took! But after sixteen years as the head of Victoria's Homicide Squad, he'd had enough of promising victims' families he'd find the answers they needed. He had to walk away to save his sanity.

Now Police Commissioner Copeland Walsh has tracked Darian down. He needs him to help clear an old case. The death of Isobel Vine. The coroner gave an open finding. An open finding that never cleared the cloud of doubt that hovered over four young cops who were present the night Isobel died.

Twenty-five years later, one of those young cops is next in line to become police commissioner, so Copeland Walsh needs the case closed once and for all. In his mind there is only one man for the job. One man who would be completely independent. One man who has never bowed to political or police pressure. One man who knows how to get the job done - Darian Richards.

Darian is going back to stir a hornet's nest. But once Darian is on a case he won't back off tracking down evil, no matter who he has to take down.


'Cavanaugh has created a fascinating hero who is a law unto himself. Worthy of the world stage' - West Australian

'Cavanaugh's best novel to date' - Sunday Canberra Times

'Dark and powerful, this is Cavanaugh's best novel to date' - Newcastle Herald

'This is the Cavanaugh's fourth novel, and like the others is outstanding' - Illawarra Mercury


The Darian Richards Series

Promise
Dead Girl Sing
The Soft Touch (Short Story)
The Train Rider
Kingdom of the Strong

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Acclaimed crime writer Tony Cavanaugh is back with a gripping new novel featuring Australia's answer to Michael Connelly's Hieronymus Bosch - Darian Richards.

Darian Richards is an ex-cop, a good one. He did whatever it took to solve a crime and stop the bad guy. Whatever it took! But after sixteen years as the head of Victoria's Homicide Squad, he'd had enough of promising victims' families he'd find the answers they needed. He had to walk away to save his sanity.

Now Police Commissioner Copeland Walsh has tracked Darian down. He needs him to help clear an old case. The death of Isobel Vine. The coroner gave an open finding. An open finding that never cleared the cloud of doubt that hovered over four young cops who were present the night Isobel died.

Twenty-five years later, one of those young cops is next in line to become police commissioner, so Copeland Walsh needs the case closed once and for all. In his mind there is only one man for the job. One man who would be completely independent. One man who has never bowed to political or police pressure. One man who knows how to get the job done - Darian Richards.

Darian is going back to stir a hornet's nest. But once Darian is on a case he won't back off tracking down evil, no matter who he has to take down.


'Cavanaugh has created a fascinating hero who is a law unto himself. Worthy of the world stage' - West Australian

'Cavanaugh's best novel to date' - Sunday Canberra Times

'Dark and powerful, this is Cavanaugh's best novel to date' - Newcastle Herald

'This is the Cavanaugh's fourth novel, and like the others is outstanding' - Illawarra Mercury


The Darian Richards Series

Promise
Dead Girl Sing
The Soft Touch (Short Story)
The Train Rider
Kingdom of the Strong

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