- ISBN 9781921640261 / 192164026X
- Title The Black Russian
- Author Lenny Bartulin
- Category Crime & Mystery
- Format Paperback
- Year 2010
- Pages 272
- Publisher Scribe Publications
- Imprint Scribe Publications
- Dimensions 138mm x 210mm
Facing financial ruin, Jack Susko sets off to a gallery to sell an old art catalogue. He arrives just as De Groot Galleries is being done over by masked thieves. Along with a mysterious object from the safe, the robbers seize a valuable first edition from Jack's bag, too. Soon, he finds himself in a world full of duplicity, lies and art theft.
After yet another slow week at the cash register, that fine purveyor of second-hand literature, Susko Books, is facing financial ruin. Jack Susko sets off to a gallery in Woollahra to scrape up some coin with the sale of an old art catalogue. With his usual panache and exquisite timing, he arrives just as De Groot Galleries is being done over by masked thieves. Along with a mysterious object from the safe, the robbers seize a valuable first edition from Jack's bag, too. When the owner of the gallery doesn't want to call the cops, Jack is offered a sizeable sum to keep silent: but when de Groot arrives at the bookshop with his heavy to renege on the deal, all bets are off. With an ease that almost constitutes a gift, Jack Susko finds himself at the centre of a world full of duplicity, lies and art theft.
- 05 May
It had been another depressingly slow week and "Susko Books", Jack's secondhand bookshop, located in a basement near the Queen Victoria Building, was close to going down the gurgler. Jack had organised the sale of an old art catalogue, but arrived at the snooty de Groot gallery in Woollahra just in time to become part of a robbery. Not only do the theatrically masked robbers steal an unidentified package from the gallery's safe, they steal the Jack's valuable first edition of From Russia With Love - which he finally had a buyer lined up for! Could his day get any worse? Yes, it seems it could. But looking on the bright side : being left tied to a chair for 5 hours added another 5 hours to his latest attempt to give up smoking. This is the second novel by Australian author Lenny Bartulin starring wise-cracking, secondhand bookseller-turned amateur detective Jack Susko - who is in way over his head. This is a fast mvoing, highly entertaining, crime thriller. Lots of local colourful references will amuse Sydney residents.
Reviewed By Louise