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  • Summary

  • Please note: This series contains mature themes and listener discretion is advised.

    In 1984, Detective Eric O'Malley investigated the bizarre deaths of a young couple, their bodies found naked by the side of a creek in Sydney's northern suburbs. Shortly before their demise, O'Malley learned, the pair had attended a swingers' party.

    The case was barely open before it was deemed an accident. But O'Malley knew it was murder. He just couldn't prove it.

    Thirty-five years later, O'Malley is found dead in his flat in what looks like a drug overdose. But his son James knows something's amiss. His dad was close to solving that case after all these years. And someone else knew it.

    To track down his father's killer, James must find the men and women who were there on the fateful night when that young couple died. This was the night of 'The Goodbye Party' - and uncovering its secrets will lead James down a dark path, filled with horrific twists and turns.

    Inspired by Sydney's real-life Bogle-Chandler case, playwright Louis Nowra (writer of Australian classics Cosi, Radiance and The Golden Age) creates an enthralling multicast audio drama, featuring an exceptional cast including Ben Oxenbould (Deep Water, Wolf Creek), Steve Bisley (Water Rats, Mad Max), and Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road, Jack Irish).

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can add all12 episodes to your Library now.

    ©2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd (P)2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd
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Episodes
  • Sep 22 2019

    Ex-cop James O’Malley arrives at his father’s house to find him dead and five boxes of police files missing. Was it an overdose or foul play? At Eric’s funeral, ex-security man Paul Rossi tells James that Eric had been obsessed with solving a case from 1984, “The Goodbye Party”.

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    32 mins
  • Sep 22 2019

    In 1984, Bob and Evie Pratt hosted a swingers’ party, during which guests Murray and Alice died, supposedly victims of severe local pollution. But more than one person suspected murder. James and his neighbour Carla investigate the 1984 crime scene and try to understand the scandal that ruined the lives of most people at that party.

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    30 mins
  • Sep 22 2019

    James interviews several interested parties including the man that discovered the bodies and the detective that says they died of sulphide gas. James also realises he’s falling in love with Carla, who helps him scatter his father’s ashes.

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    37 mins

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Great listen. More please

I loved every minute of this and thoroughly enjoyed it. Only thing wrong was the twists and turns kept me up far too late and wore out my batteries!
We need more of these please!

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a good gripping story .

great story I found gripping. a couple of twists, to make compeling listening. hope you enjoy.

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  • 23-11-19

Compelling story telling

As always, Louis Nowra (one of Australia's best playwrights) has written a brilliant story set in Sydney about murder and intrigue in the fringes of mainstream society. Featuring some of Australia's best actors, this story works brilliantly as radio/ voice performance although it could easily be adapted to film/ mini-series format. The 12 half hour episodes are easy to listen to. The production has a great internal rhythm apart from the occasional elongated beat pause which wasn't really necessary, and it was easy to become immersed in the world of the story. Worth buying and listening to.

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excellent

A really good story, well performed and way better than I expected of a free audio book. Well worth s listen.

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Loved it

Excellent characters and a brilliant plot which kept me guessing, did not want it to end.

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Loved it.

Took my summing up of the murderer to someone different every chapter till chapter 10

Shall look forward to the next one

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thrilling listen

absolutely loved this story had me gripped from the outset and couldnt stop listening highly recommended to anyone who loves a who did it

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brilliant read.

I really enjoyed this pod cast, it was a great listen, loved the people doing the reading, they were all so good, was sorry to come to the end of the book.

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enjoyable listen

This is an extremely hard to stop listen, finished it in one day while at work, really captivating!!

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Fair dinkum tale mate

I certainly hope that there are more of these in the pipeline. Aussie noir is new to me but it'd make a great new genre.

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  • Kyle
  • 02-11-20

Great acting, suspenseful

This story sucks you in from the 1st episode and is a very easy to listen to podcast. Loved that it was a full cast as well.

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  • 23-12-20

Highly Recommend

I could not stop listening to this and before I knew it the whole day had gone by. I was completely stunned by the ending.

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  • Admiralu
  • 14-12-20

Twisty Mystery

This was an interesting Aussie murder mystery. A retired cop finds his father dead in his apartment, a needle nearby. He refuses to believe the police assumption that his father was an addict and begins his own investigation into how his died. Taking up a case his father hadn’t solved, he discovers new friends, some enemies and that he knew little about his father’s life. Twists and turns abound with a shocking ending. Well done, not for kids and a great cast and production.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-21

Totally Gripping

Really enjoyed this one. Each chapter flows beautifully into the next. These chapters add brick after brick to the mystery. recording is well done, sound effects and music color the storey. Very nice acting as well. Voices are varied and cast well.

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  • MG
  • 28-11-20

Excellent crime story

Enthralling story with complex characters, a strong cast, and excellent production. Five stars all around. Give it a listen!

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  • Ephraim
  • 17-03-22

An Ominous Turn Soon.

Loving it still but trying not to finish the story too quick, you definitely get the sense that after this episode something ominous has to happen on Episode 6! Definitely on the edge of my seat wondering what it is.

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  • 03-03-22

Great Mystery

The narrator was fanastic. The mystery unfolded smoothly and you felt the characters came to a smooth ending..

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  • JM
  • 08-02-22

Episodes are missing

This podcast is excellent, but episodes 4,8, and 9 are missing, so there is no way to really follow the complete story, which is a huge disappointment because I have been really enjoying it. Audible, please fix this so we don’t miss out!

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  • Ordinary user
  • 28-07-21

Entertaining

A little bumpy at times but overall an enjoyable listen. I will look for more from this author.

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  • James Studinger
  • 21-06-21

nice listen

fun. intriguing. a nice listen while gardening or taking a walk. great character voice.

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