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Dead by Friday

How lust and greed led to murder in the suburbs

Derek Pedley

Dead by Friday
He was once a bronzed lifesaver but is now a balding, overweight Beaurepaires manager nearing 40, an ambitious man with desires his marriage cannot satisfy. She is 29, the wife of one of his employees; a serial cheater and manipulator, she can curl her lips into a knowing smile and bat bedroom eyes at any man who cares to take a second look. Kevin Matthews and Michelle Burgess are made for each other.

The affair begins with furtive sex in parks and offices, moving on to whiskey fuelled, lunch-time trysts in motels. Their marriages crumble, his career and finances suffer and the obsession deepens. Pillow talk turns sinister and two murder plots are hatched. Contracts are issued. From the suburbs that brought us the Snowtown killers, enter the hitman, David Key.

But their lust and greed are infectious; Key is instantly infatuated with Michelle, the 'high-class sheila', and a second, parallel affair begins. Key buys drugs instead of a gun with his down-payment, forcing them to hatch a new plan. Michelle tips over the edge, leading to a shocking crime.

Recounted through the eyes of witnesses, families, friends, lovers and one of the intended victims, Dead by Friday draws on the meticulous police investigation and puts readers at the detectives' sides as they hunt the killers.

Shortlisted in the 2013 Ned Kelly Awards, True Crime section

Praise for Dead By Friday:
'Pedley looks behind the headlines and tell a disturbing but unfortunately all too true story. VERDICT: COMPELLING AND ALL TOO REAL.' - Chris Herde, Courier Mail & Daily Telegraph

'A well researched and compelling true crime book of a gruesome and callous murder.' - Haydn Radford, Weekend Notes

Derek Pedley is a journalist with 22 years' experience and has won a variety of awards, including South Australia Young Journalist of the Year in 1996. In 1997, he became sub-editor, and over the next 15 years learned the dark art of daily news production, specialising in rewrites and headline writing. He is now a news editor at the Adelaide Advertiser, but crime writing remains his passion. Beyond the fast-paced daily news cycle, Pedley investigates intriguing criminals whose stories are not so easily told. He believes the best stories are the ones that are hardest to pin down.

Click here to read a review of Dead by Friday on Weekend Notes.

Format Paperback
Size 234 x 156 mm
ISBN 9781743057810
Extent 318 pages
Price: AU$29.95 including GST
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