Jon Cleary was a highly successful Australian author who had numerous books adapted for film and television. His first book was You Can’t See ‘Round Corners which he published in 1947. He is considered one of the most popular Australian authors of all-time.

Cleary was born in Erskineville, Sydney where his family struggled through childhood, at one point seeing most of their belongings repossessed. Cleary attended some school, but left at the age of 14 to help support his family financially. Cleary would then join the Army, but he would write while in there and sold his first story in 1940. After finishing his service, he wrote his first novel.

Publication Order of Scobie Malone Books

The High Commissioner (1966)Description / Buy at
Helga's Web (1970)Description / Buy at
Ransom (1973)Description / Buy at
Dragons at the Party (1987)Description / Buy at
Now and Then, Amen (1988)Description / Buy at
Babylon South (1989)Description / Buy at
Murder Song (1990)Description / Buy at
Pride's Harvest (1991)Description / Buy at
Dark Summer (1992)Description / Buy at
Bleak Spring (1993)Description / Buy at
Autumn Maze (1994)Description / Buy at
Winter Chill (1995)Description / Buy at
A Different Turf (1996)Description / Buy at
Endpeace (1997)Description / Buy at
Five Ring Circus (1998)Description / Buy at
Dilemma (1999)Description / Buy at
Yesterday's Shadow (2001)Description / Buy at
The Bear Pit (2001)Description / Buy at
The Easy Sin (2003)Description / Buy at
Degrees of Connection (2004)Description / Buy at
The Climate of Courage (2015)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

You Can't See Around Corners (1947)Description / Buy at
The Long Shadow (1949)Description / Buy at
You, the Jury / Just Let Me Be (1950)Description / Buy at
The Sundowners (1952)Description / Buy at
The Climate of Courage / Naked in the Night (1954)Description / Buy at
Justin Bayard / Dust in the Sun (1955)Description / Buy at
The Green Helmet (1959)Description / Buy at
North From Thursday (1960)Description / Buy at
Forests of the Night (1963)Description / Buy at
A Flight of Chariots (1964)Description / Buy at
The Fall of an Eagle (1965)Description / Buy at
Season of Doubt (1968)Description / Buy at
Remember Jack Hoxie (1969)Description / Buy at
Mask of the Andes / The Liberators (1971)Description / Buy at
Man's Estate / The Ninth Marquess (1972)Description / Buy at
Peter's Pence (1974)Description / Buy at
The Safe House (1975)Description / Buy at
A Sound of Lightning (1976)Description / Buy at
Vortex (1977)Description / Buy at
Pulse of Danger (1977)Description / Buy at
Back of Sunset (1978)Description / Buy at
High Road to China (1978)Description / Buy at
The Beaufort Sisters (1979)Description / Buy at
A Very Private War (1980)Description / Buy at
The Faraway Drums (1981)Description / Buy at
The Golden Sabre (1981)Description / Buy at
Spearfield's Daughter (1982)Description / Buy at
The Phoenix Tree (1984)Description / Buy at
The City of Fading Light (1985)Description / Buy at
The Long Pursuit (1988)Description / Buy at
Miss Ambar Regrets (2005)Description / Buy at
Four-Cornered Circle (2007)Description / Buy at
Morning's Gone (2007)Description / Buy at

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You Can’t See ‘Round Corners is Cleary’s first novel and follows a bookie named Frankie McCoy who is drafted into the Australian Army during World War II. Cleary based the character on a number of people he met during his time in the military and he did most of his writing while still in the service. The book sees McCoy decide to desert the Army and go on the run. His girlfriend doesn’t like this and he ends up with a far more experienced woman named Myra.

Cleary authored a number of books in his own Scobie Malone series. The High Commissioner is the title and it follows the story of a High Commissioner who is accused of murder. Scobie Malone is set to go get him from London and return him for trial. Malone’s job becomes complicated when there are outside forces looking to murder the High Commissioner in order to cause anarchy at an upcoming peace summit in Saigon. This started a long series of books and was actually made into a film called Nobody Runs Forever.

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