Shane Maloney

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Shane Maloney was born in Hamilton, Victoria, in 1953. He is a Melbourne author best known as the creator of the Murray Whelan series of crime novels. Maloney was educated at Christian Brothers’ College, St Kilda, and started writing after studying politics and Asian history at the Australian National University. He has worked in a wide range of situations, having held the positions of: Director of the Melbourne Comedy Festival (1987–1989), Cultural Director of Melbourne’s Olympic bid and swimming pool lifeguard. Maloney is a long-term resident of Brunswick, a suburb in Melbourne’s inner north, and his novels have a strong sense of (this) place. Maloney has said that he wanted “Melbourne [as] a character in the stories”, and his distinctly Australian writing style stems from his use of local vernacular and dry wit, which pervade his writing. In 2009, Maloney received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers Association of Australia.