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A federal election campaign is thrown into chaos when a popular government minister goes missing and then turns up dead on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.With Detective Darren Glass on the case, the investigation into the minister’s murder quickly becomes entangled in a game of high-stakes politics. All the while, the body count mounts.Glass’s suspects include some of tA federal election campaign is thrown into chaos when a popular government minister goes missing and then turns up dead on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.With Detective Darren Glass on the case, the investigation into the minister’s murder quickly becomes entangled in a game of high-stakes politics. All the while, the body count mounts.Glass’s suspects include some of the most powerful people in the land, and the press-gallery journalists who cover their every move. It’s a murky world of shifting allegiances, half-truths, and finger pointing, where everyone has a motive for murder.As election day nears, Glass risks everything for a breakthrough in the case, and his life is soon hanging by a thread. But if he thought he’d hit rock bottom, he was wrong …...

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  • Tracey
    2019-03-12 21:15

    I won this book through Goodreads firstreads. I must say straight up this was an excellent book and I can say nothing bad about it at all. It started straight into the story and went straight to the end of the book and kept me intrigued all the way. It was a very knowledgeable book of how crime can work in government and how a murder mystery is played out. Peter Cotton definitely did his background on the way the government work and has a lot of great information on it, he is a great writer I actually can't believe this is his first book as it was written so well and I extremely enjoyed it. I thought the way media reports was written into the story was very interesting and was different to other books I've read. Detective Darren Glass was a very good detective and I liked is character and the romance that happened for him he so much deserved. The book had kidnapping, murder, conspiracy, action, government election,romance and crime what more would you want in a book. You even try guessing all the way through it who is the kidnappers and the end result well I didn't guess it and it was a great finish to a great book. I don't know much about how Elections and parliament work but after reading this book I have a bit more insight into it and I found the story to be so real like it was actually happening in a real world at that time. It got my heart pumping at times and I just could not put it down and it is up there with one of the best books I've read for a while. I'll will be definitely looking out for Peter Cotton work in future I believe he will be a great success and I privileged to have read his book. Highly recommended and you will get a great read out of this story.

  • Bree T
    2019-02-25 23:23

    The capital of Australia is abuzz as the country is just weeks out from a federal election. The campaign is thrown into chaos when a cabinet minister goes missing. When her body is found on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, several things strike the investigative team as unusual. It has the trademarks of a certain type of suicide but the location does not work. This was clearly a murder – but why? And how do you dig up a motive when it’s rooted in federal politics and pretty much everyone hates everybody else and stands to profit from a death?Detective Darren Glass is part of the team investigating the death of the minister but the further he gets, the more confusing it becomes. Interviewing people of interest becomes all the more difficult when one of them disappears. A man from the Prime Minister’s Office disappears in the same circumstances as the first minister and their body turns up in almost the same place. The cause of death is clearly the same. Darren has some leads but looking into them without creating a fuss and earning himself the ire of the Prime Minster of the country is going to be extraordinarily difficult.The country wants answers fast and at the moment, Darren and his colleagues don’t have much to give them. Darren is also concerned about a female journalist – she’s been contacted by a person who is in all probability, the killer. They gave her some information which she broke as a huge political story and now Darren fears for her safety as well. He wants to get her some protection but his superiors don’t agree and so he takes it upon himself to keep an eye on her, just in case anything happens. And it’s a good thing too because when it comes to getting out of the perfect murder, two people are going to desperately need his help if they are to survive.No one is safe from this killer, not even the man who holds the highest office in the country. And if Darren thought things were bad when it was his life on the line….it’s even worse now.Dead Cat Bounce is the first novel from a former media adviser to three federal cabinet ministers, Peter Cotton. He picks the tricky time of several weeks out from a federal election to begin his story, with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of popular Environment Minister Susan Wright. Detective Darren Glass (who shares a name with the captain of one of my least favourite AFL teams, the West Coast Eagles) is one of the investigators although he doesn’t exactly begin in a good way when he puts the Prime Minister offside in a telephone call and almost gets himself pulled off the case. He escapes just barely and becomes a crucial part of the investigation – and almost a victim more than once.I have to admit, I chose this book to read because of the name – dead cat bounce is a stockbroking term that crudely describes a pattern of catastrophic fall/loss and then a small rebound, ie like dropping a dead cat off a building. It falls a long way and it’ll bounce…just a little. And then when it hits the ground again, it’ll be even more devastating. It was also the name of a racehorse that raced in Queensland for some time and I used to hear it go around every week although at the time I didn’t actually know where the name came from. When I saw this book on my library shelves I had to snatch it up.My degree is in politics and I still take a pretty strong interest in what’s happening so I found that the setting of Canberra in and around the politicians really worked for me. I think there’s a strong fascination with political figures at times, even more so when they’ve been tinged with drama. I’m picturing Tony Abbott being kidnapped and I suspect my first reaction to that scenario is probably not what it should be. I think a lot of the time they come off as untouchable to to read this book and observe people in power being taken so effortlessly and murdered in such a way, it does create a sense of panic – if the people who run the country aren’t safe with all their protection, who is? What could they possibly have done that would drive someone -or someones- to this sort of thing? There has to be something there and the more people that go missing, the more it looks like being something big.I really enjoyed the fledgling romance between Darren and the political reporter Jean although it’s probably not explored quite as deeply as it could’ve been – a lot of the moral dilemmas on a political reporter dating a detective in charge of an investigation centered around politics is glossed over and mostly left up to the reader. Both of them do conduct themselves well and when something does go wrong it’s not Darren’s fault but more his superior’s and although Jean is understandably upset and angry she really doesn’t take it out on Darren for any more than about five minutes which was refreshing. You might look at Darren’s looking after Jean as stalking and I suppose on some level it is – it’s like friendly stalking. He doesn’t mean her any harm and he doesn’t watch her all the time, he just wants to make sure she doesn’t become a victim when she’s no longer of use to the killer. The fact that Jean likes him softens it a little. Darren is still youngish and not totally jaded yet. I think he thinks he’s trying to do the best he can and look after her. The dramas surrounding several things could’ve been spun out into some big conflict but this isn’t a long book and so nobody has time for that. It’s all information and progression in the case, there are no tangents here.I’m not sure if this is a series or not – I haven’t found anything to suggest that it is and the end is pretty neat with nothing really left unsolved but I certainly wouldn’t mind reading about Darren investigating something else in the future.

  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    2019-02-19 05:36

    ‘Like all terrible news, it made the past seem a simpler place.’There’s a federal election underway in Australia, and the campaign is thrown into chaos when the body of Susan Wright - a popular government minister – is found on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. A dead cat is also found nearby. Detective Darren Glass is one of the Australian Federal Police team assigned to the case, and his point of view provides most of the narrative. Glass manages to get both the Police Commissioner and the Prime Minister offside early in the investigation – he’s not the most tactful member of the force. Meanwhile, as the investigation into Susan Wright’s death gets underway, the body of an unpopular adviser from the Prime Minister’s office is found, together with another dead cat.‘I mean, I’d hate to see a dead cat bounce in our polling this close to Election Day.’Darren Glass’s voice is interspersed with snippets from Simon Rolfe, a political blogger, and a live feed from a local reporter, Jean Acheson. These additional points of view and comments provide a news and political context around the investigation. A missing file has the government nervous: no-one admits to knowing what it contains but as always knowledge is power.Darren Glass is keen to solve the case – and to get to know Jean Acheson - but in his haste makes a number of mistakes. Will he survive? This is a police investigation complicated by political intrigue and power struggles. Truth appears relative and is only shared sparingly. Perception is critical in the run up to the election, and some would prefer that certain events remained hidden – at any cost.I read this novel in one day as I was keen to find out whether I’d worked out who was the perpetrator, and what was their motivation. I found the story of political intrigue and machination was well grounded by the procedural detail. Darren Glass is a likeable character, and the description of Canberra (both in geographical terms and as a hothouse of political intrigue) was terrific.Jennifer Cameron-Smith

  • Tracey
    2019-03-14 23:18

    It is the eve of the Federal Election in Australia and one of the current Government’s star performing Ministers has just turned up dead in Lake Burley Griffin in the nation’s capital Canberra. Onto the scene comes Darren Glass, Australian Federal Police Officer who is committed to solving the crime and stopping any more deaths occurring. I do not know what is with Australian readers but having contemporary crime thrillers set in our own backyard just never seems to take off. Perhaps it is too close to home and a preference for more exotic locations. I tip my hat to Peter Cotton as I think it is brave to create a contemporary Australian crime novel. On the most part the novel works. The writing is sharp, engaging and there is good smattering of facts and fiction. Canberra is a backdrop and does not feature too much in the story compared to Kel Robertson’s novels where you can almost walk the streets due the descriptions. It works well as the focus is on trying to solve the crime. There are enough clues in the book to work out just where everything is heading and why. I was not sure about the protagonist Darren Glass as the story was told through his point of view he seem to be a mixture of a hard arse and a klutz. At the start of the tale he is all guns blazing, racing in making mistakes, going against protocol and towards the end. Well let’s just say he seemed to be making a few obvious mistakes. I am still not sure what I really thought about the character after I finished the book. The rest of the characters are fairly stock standard and while believable they just helped propel the story along. It would be interesting to see if a second novel is in the works as there was certainly the potential to make it a series of books. A really solid crime novel that is a good read

  • Mick
    2019-02-19 22:32

    The Australian federal election is just a week away, and the death spiral of the incumbent government and a highly unpopular Prime Minister should be the only news story on everyone's lips in Canberra. It should be, but isn't, because after days of searching the missing Environment Minister's body has just been fished out of Lake Burley Griffin. The immediate verdict is death by carbon monoxide poisoning, and the most public murder investigation in Australia's history falls to veteran AFP detective Darren Glass, who has to deal with a sensationalist press, self-serving politicians and staffers, and an uncooperative public service to identify the culprit even as he becomes a target for the killer. As a Canberran myself, I'm a sucker for quality crime fiction set in my hometown, so a huge part of my enjoyment of Dead Cat Bounce came from Peter Cotton' skilful and well-researched use of the city's locations and unique personality. Aside from that, this is a strong debut crime novel featuring a interesting cast of characters and an intriguing mystery, and while elements of the story (the murder of a female government minister, for example) will invite comparisons to Kel Robertson's Canberra-based Inspector Chen novels, but Cotton's voice - and that of its star detective - is distinctive enough that this novel manages to stand on its own. This is great Australian crime fiction.

  • Balthazar Lawson
    2019-03-14 01:38

    I come from Canberra so with the book being set in Canberra, and reading in the middle of an election campaign, this book had a bit of resonance with me. Of course the current election is no where near as deadly as the one featured in the book.I enjoyed this a lot as it moved along at a nice pace and didn't get too bogged down. There was a nice amount of action and suspense. One slight issue is with the opening as the setting of the book was not clearly defined. To say that a body was found by the lake is very unclear as the lake is quiet large and there are hundreds of places a body could be dumped. Especially when later in the book settings were very clearly defined.

  • Simone Brand
    2019-03-08 03:37

    I picked up a reading copy of this book through work, as I used to enjoy crime fiction when I wanted to be a criminal psychologist, and thought it looked intriguing. I am happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to fans of local crime fiction. The only reason I didn't give it 4 stars is I found the descriptions of the characters, in terms of physical appearance a little lack-lustre and certain elements of the story were a little far fetched. That being said, I did not see the twist in the end.. I had suspicions but I didn't know how the motive played in. Very sneaky Peter Cotton

  • Josh
    2019-03-03 05:38

    Murder and mayhem during the Australian electoral campaign see Detective Glass face adversity in ways he could only imagine. This blend of satire and murder mystery works well as Cotton thrusts the reader into the world of politics and crime. The balance of a light hearted, semi serious look at detective work and the media ensures DEAD CAT BOUNCE doesn’t take itself too seriously, rather focusing on a means to provide an entertaining form of escapism deep in the Australian capital.Full review can be found on Fair Dinkum Crime, a site dedicated to Australian crime fiction.

  • Josie
    2019-02-25 00:10

    If you're looking for crime fiction against a backdrop of an Australian election campaign and set in Canberra, this is the book for you.I'm not sure I would have been looking for that, but it's been a while since I read a good old-fashioned whodunit crime book and this one was ok. A bit transparent but entertaining and enough twists and turns to keep me reading. However, the 'romance' was awful and, like so many other books, I wished the author had skipped it altogether rather than spend pages on cringeworthy romantic dialogue. Nonetheless, that kind of stuff is pretty par for the course in crime paperbacks, so I should have known what I was getting myself into.

  • Karen
    2019-02-28 01:14

    The body of popular Environment Minister and leadership contender Susan Wright turns up on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in the company of a recently deceased cat likewise dumped in the mud. Then a particularly unpopular government head-kicker (aka ‘advisor’) is found in similar circumstances, followed by further disappearances. including the kidnapping of our central hero – Detective Darren Glass. Review at

  • Alistair
    2019-03-05 22:24

    Novels set in the tumultuous world of Australian politics are a rare breed. In Dead Cat Bounce conditions are unusually turbulent; the Environment Minister is found dead on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, soon followed by the body of the Prime Minister's right hand man. And the federal election is a week away. Detective Darren Glass must negotiate powerful political heavyweights to solve a case that gets murkier and more complex by the day.

  • Veronnica
    2019-03-10 01:32

    Reading it I heard the Aussie voice clearly. I enjoyed the book but the story halfway through seemed to be rushed and I was about to give up on it. But after the journey I persisted. Luckily the story returned to the much loved Aussie voice again. Great first novel by Peter Cotton. I've never been to Canberra but after reading this book it makes me curious for the city and the inhabitants, even the temporary inhabitants.

  • Sunnie
    2019-03-18 23:33

    fairly solid first novel from Peter Cotton about a popular federal minister found murdered just weeks from a federal election. I liked tge main character well enough and his budding relationship with a journalist. other oerioheral characters likeable enough and motive made sense. however I felt some of the other charactwrs could have been fleshed out a little more

  • John Bartlett
    2019-02-20 02:29

    I probably didn't give this book a fair go but finished after a couple of chapters.It read for me a bit like a thesis, accurate and complex but lacked some sort of energy. But maybe I was just a bit bored at the time so maybe I'm not being fair. Love to hear what others thought.

  • Renee
    2019-02-26 21:34

    A contemporary Australian crime novel complete with murder, corruption and dead cats. Lots of good scene setting narrative giving a real Aussie feel. I enjoyed reading about Australian politics as you don't come across this often.

  • Michele
    2019-03-01 02:18

    A great read! Set in Canberra with murder of a Cabinet Minister An insight into federal Police and Parliament house but basically a murder mystery

  • Dale
    2019-03-11 00:20

    Dead Cat Bounce is an excellent, entertaining contemporary Australian whodunnit. Well written, clever story, and it raises the question: is the country immune from a similar scenario?

  • Sue
    2019-03-13 00:25

    Quick, appropriate and gripping murder set in Canberra in the last week of an election campaign. Good read

  • Kristine
    2019-03-08 22:15

    The Canberra setting and the background of a Federal election campaign gave this detective story more resonance for me than just the story. It was well paced and an easy read.