Shane Maloney. Stiff. Melbourne: Text Publishing, 1994.
With his first novel, Stiff, Shane Maloney put Melbourne on the crime-writers' map, much as Peter Corris did for Sydney a decade earlier.
Like Corris, Maloney's novels are set within a broad sweep of more or less recognisable social milieux and with a cast of low-life and high society characters; however, Maloney's works have a stronger vein of satire and droll humour.
A former director of the Melbourne Comedy Festival, he has since published The Brush-Off and Nice Try and has established a reputation as Melbourne's pre-eminent crime writer.