'This is a witty, clever debut, full of in-jokes and colourful characters. The author is clearly a fan of the noir classics — particularly Raymond Chandler — and he negotiates the tricky path between homage and pastiche better than many more seasoned writers of the genre. (4 STARS)'
Tim Coronel, Bookseller & Publisher
'The scruffy, dialogue-heavy narrative has great charm...'
'Talk about cliffhanger openings: Sydney bookseller Jack Susko clings to the side of a cliff as a woman takes aim with a gun. How did the works of an obscure poet lead to this predicament? VERDICT Nonstop action, smart talk, and a twisty plot make this an exciting debut that will appeal to readers who like Jonathan Gash mixed with a splash of Dick Francis for the violence and brutal characters.'
Library Journal (US)
'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.'
'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
'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
'A stunning debut … That was fun, let's do it again.'
Sue Turnbull, Sydney Morning Herald
'Susko is a welcome new character on the Aussie crime fiction scene. Refreshing.'
Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin
'There's wisecracking humour, sticky situations and dark fun. I can hardly wait for the promised sequel.'
Ian Nichols, West Australian
'A witty, engaging romp, stuffed full of beguiling characters and bulging with wry humour. Charming, cheeky and immensely readable.'