RIP OFF

RIP Off Author : Kel Robertson
Country : Australia

Rip Off (2011) is the third of a series which features detective Brad Chen, an ex-professional footballer who forms part of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) police force.

Rip Off (2011) is the third of a series which features detective Brad Chen, an ex-professional footballer who forms part of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) police force. Against the backdrop of the longest Federal election campaign in Australian history, detective Brad Chen is pulled away from his desk job when a series of professionals of the real-estate business are shot in Perth and Adelaide. Not only property developers are killed, but so are related lawyers and financial advisors involved in fraud. In the face of the local police’s general lack of interest, Brad ends up working with an odd small group which consists of Brad himself as the token Asian; Rose, a pregnant woman; Barry, an aging cop with a taste for younger women; and Glenn, an Aboriginal cop. They have never met before, let alone worked together but they quickly form a cohesive front, based partially on a shared sense of the absurd, fuelled mostly by the antagonism of the Police Taskforce that they are initially parachuted into. Rose represents the Australian financial system’s regulatory body, whereas the Feds and the various State police have different areas of responsibility and jurisdiction, which brings in hence Brad and the other two cops. Obviously whoever is doing these shootings is very well-resourced: the shooter is moving around Australia undetected, travelling vast distances, getting intelligence on his victims quickly, which suggests there is more to these killings than a ripped-off investor settling some scores. Events get complicated on all fronts: in Western Australia, where the killing spree started; in Victoria, where the Southbank turns into a shooting gallery; in Tasmania and South Australia; and particularly in New South Wales, where all seems to be heading for a tumultuous finale.

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