Small Publisher of the Year 2011, 2010, 2008, 2006 

‘Susko is a welcome new character on the Aussie crime fiction scene. Refreshing.’

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin

Jack Susko is trying for a quiet life in his second-hand bookshop in downtown Sydney. It’s more tin mine than gold mine, yet it’s his and that’s something. But when a wealthy businessman hires Jack to locate some books for him, life starts to get a little more complicated.

Soon he’s up to his neck in family secrets, corruption and murder, plunged into a world he thought he’d left behind. Making a play for the businessman’s beautiful daughter doesn’t help matters. And as the bodies start piling up, Jack can’t help but wonder when second-hand book dealing became so dangerous.

A Deadly Business introduces a new crime hero who’s not a detective and whose motives aren’t always pure, but he’s sure got a talent for finding trouble.

Reviews

A Deadly Business is a load of fun with the required sexpot dame, crooked copper, eccentric millionaire, bloody bodies and many twists and turns before the surprise revelation of whodunit. Bartulin wrote poetry before this and he will find a darn sight more readers with this.’

Frank Walker, Sun Herald

‘I suspect Mr Susko will brush himself down and be getting into more trouble in the stacks very soon – a sequel which I’ll definitely look forward to.’

Martin Shaw, Readings Monthly

‘Bartulin introduces irrepressible Sydney, Australia, used-book dealer Jack Susko in this tight hard-boiled whodunit, the first of what one hopes will be a long series.’

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