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Bad to Worse

Written by Robert Edeson


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Out in the Arizona desert, Walter Reckles emerges unscathed from an air crash in a classified zone. He’s under intense pressure to retract his story about hitting an illicit drone – a story that reignites a century-old feud between the families of Mortiss and Worse. Meanwhile, in a cave in the Ferendes, Edvard TØssentern has discovered a wall of indecipherable hieroglyphs and deep inside the cave something sinister is stirring. Brilliant intelligence analyst Richard Worse is called in to investigate. Can he live long enough to discover the truth that will save Reckles and destroy the Mortiss empire? Things will go from bad to worse before you find out.

'Edeson’s writing has a rhythm all its own that is unlike other mystery stories and thrillers, and has to do with the ease and confidence with which he can take the reader from the familiar directly into a little bit of Worseworld. And it is with great glee that we often hear ourselves saying, 'Surely he made that bit up, didn’t he? Didn’t he?' ... It all makes for a joyful ride, lots of smiles – and frequent checking of dictionaries and other references.' Australian Book Review

'... intelligently crafted ... Bad To Worse provides readers with an intellectual workout, and deserves to be savoured.' The West Australian

'… a book for intelligent, urbane readers with a sense of humour.' Good Reading Magazine

'The array of scientific discussions and references are beautifully accompanied by a healthy dose of poetry and philosophy. As the characters pursue their various goals, questions of truth and humanity abound ... there is plenty of humour to light the way, sometimes sarcastic and sometimes dark, but always intelligent.' Underground Writers

'... uniquely clever prose with a touch of intrigue and adventure.' Maureen Eppen

ISBN 9781925164930 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (208 x 140mm) (Paperback)
Categories Book Club Reads
T.A.G. Hungerford Winners
Great Big Book Read Books
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2017
Pages 312
Rights World
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    Robert Edeson

    Robert Edeson was born in Perth, Western Australia, and educated at Christ Church Grammar School, the University of Western Australia and the University of Cambridge. He has been a consultant anaesthetist and researcher, publishing in the neuroscience, biophysical and mathematical literatures. Read more