A young woman is murdered by a sniper's bullet in a Sydney apartment building. The killing is apparently motiveless, until it is discovered that the flat is owned by Boru O'Brien, a wealthy businessman with underworld connections - and connections of another kind with the Prime Minister's wife. The gunman seems to have mistaken Mardi Jack's shadowy silhouette against the window for Boru O'Brien's.
Twenty-three years before, he and Scobie Malone had been cadets together at the police academy. When Jim Knoble, another of their classmates, meets his death via a high-velocity bullet, Malone begins to see a pattern. Can there be a hit list, with Scobie's own name on it? And who is the assassin?
Fearing for his family's safety and forced into hiding with O'Brien, Scobie Malone faces one of the toughest assignments of his career. The psychopathic killer must be identified, tracked down and stopped - before he picks off any more targets of his long-nurtured and paranoid revenge.
Told with Cleary's habitual pace, tension and meticulous attention to detail, Murder Song is a compelling cat-and-mouse game of killer and victim. Using Scobie Malone, a decent cop in a dirty world, as a lens through which to examine the corruption in Australian society, Jon Cleary has written another first-class novel of excitement and suspense.