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A Man You Can Bank On Is It A CRIME To Steal From Bookies Can You TRUST An Ex Bank Manager Lambert Hampton Is The Man The Munni Munni Locals Allturn To, And For Good Reason This Former Bank Manager Helped Them Transform Three Million Dollars Stolen From Bookies By A Gang Of Robbers Into A Rescue Package For Their Dying TownBut Now The Day Of Reckoning Has ComeThe Crims Want The MoneyThe Cops Want The MoneyA Rogue Insurance Investigator Wants The MoneyAnd So Do Australia S Two Most Notorious Hit MenIn Trying To Save His Town, Lambert Is Forced To Risk Everything His Life, The Lives Of The Town Folk, His Own Daughter, Ten Thousand Barramundi And A Really Lovable Jack Russell


About the Author: Derek Hansen

Derek was born in London in June 1944 about the same time Hitler thought London was a great place to send his V1 flying bombs.At the age of four he convinced his parents to emigrate and spent the next sixteen years in Auckland being called a Pommy and a wimp for playing soccer and not rugby.His first published short story appeared in his grammar school yearbook.Equipped with a million ideas for novels he approached the leading national newspaper for a traineeship and was told he was too undisciplined approached publishers and was told he was too young approached an advertising agency and was welcomed into their embrace they knew a fast, facile, fashionably glib mind when they saw one.His talent took him London in the sixties where his quirky style and commercial instincts brought a rapid rise through the ranks to the country s top advertising agency, accumulating many international awards along the way.Derek was lured to Australia by the usual inducements money, sunshine, money, lifestyle, money, etc and spent the next twenty five years doing ads and wishing he was writing novels instead.About the time Bryce Courtenay wrote The Power of One and Peter Carey wrote Bliss, Derek and his partners sold their advertising agency and three years later he was free to pursue his true writing ambitions.Having spent a lifetime reducing masses of information to less than 100 words or thirty seconds of TV time, working in exactly the opposite direction did not come easy.An idea for a novel can be written on a folded napkin What follows takes thousands of tablecloths.One day over lunch Derek had the bright idea of breaking his novel down intoeasily managed bite sized pieces and so the idea for the Lunch series was born.Lunch with the Generals became an instant bestseller in Australasia and was sold into Britain, Scandinavia, France and Germany Lunch with Mussolini followed but it was Sole Survivor that piqued American interest.Simon and Schuster decided to publish an American edition and Kennedy Marshall Sixth Sense, Snow Falling on Cedars bought the rights to the movie on behalf of Disney in a US750,000 deal.Three weeks before the movie was due to go into production, shooting began on Castaway with Tom Hanks Two movies about a man on an island surrounded by salt water was deemed one too many, and Sole Survivor the movie bit the dust How typical of Hollywood to choose to make the wrong movie.Derek has subsequently published a further five novels and three collections of short stories, but nothing quite as quirky or funny as his latest novel, A Man You Can Bank On.Derek is married, has two grown up children and lives most of the time in Avalon on Pittwater, and some of the time in Doonan on Queensland s Sunshine Coast Kingfish, salmon, bonito, bream and flathead live just outside his back door and the surf rises a short walk from the front door.Someone had to have this life and Derek is just so glad that someone is him.



10 thoughts on “A Man You Can Bank On

  1. says:

    A man you can bank on had it all and was such an enjoyable read For a starters it was one of the funniest books ive read in a long time Set in the rural community of Munni Munni a settlement that is somehow thriving despite the economic downturn that has devastated other towns One of the ones most suspect of the towns sudden boom period is Duncan Stretch Beddington who is new in town as the sole police officer The speculation being that a crim by the name of Big Kev and his boys pulled of A man you can bank on had it all and was such an enjoyable read For a starters it was one of the funniest books ive read in a long time Set in the rural community of Munni Munni a settlement that is somehow thriving despite the economic downturn that has devastated other towns One of the ones most suspect of the towns sudden boom period is Duncan Stretch Beddington who is new in town as the sole police officer The speculation being that a crim by the name of Big Kev and his boys pulled of robbery of bookmakers of over 3 million dollars and burried it nearby and someone local must of seen the men disposing of the money.Ten years later things are about to go pear shapped in the community with Kev and his boys out of prison after firing on police and wanting their retirement nestegg At the centre of the whole story though is Lambert a retired bank manager who is idolised in the town for turning it around to what it is now and being such a tight nit community will not reveal their secrets willingly Eventually Kev and his boys return wanting what they think is theirs But if Kev and his boys aint enough we also have Mafia hit men Irish and The Bowler who want the money too and also an American who did the odd job for Kev named Slim who had to be one the luckiest guys alive wants the money for himself.Chuck in a DI and his partner from the city wanting to get to the bottom of the missing money while trying to track down the bad guys and you have a cracking good read Even without all the action the town of Munni Munni is delightful with all the people being so Aussie its not funny So many great characters you could almost picture yourself a part of it and being happy Overall Derek Hanson has done a wonderful job with this book Great characters, wonderful setting, great humour and enough Camrys and Jack Russels to sink a ship If you are after a entertaining Aussie read in a rural setting then this is a great place to start


  2. says:

    I don t know maybe it s because the book is set in a small country town struggling to survive and I live 20 kilometres or so out of just such a town , or maybe it was the line on the opening page He had the sort of body normally achieved by eating plankton , but I was particularly disposed to liking A MAN YOU CAN BANK ON It s not going to come as much of a surprise that this is a bit of a romp style novel There s the local town bank manager, a disgraced cop sent to the outback to serve hi I don t know maybe it s because the book is set in a small country town struggling to survive and I live 20 kilometres or so out of just such a town , or maybe it was the line on the opening page He had the sort of body normally achieved by eating plankton , but I was particularly disposed to liking A MAN YOU CAN BANK ON It s not going to come as much of a surprise that this is a bit of a romp style novel There s the local town bank manager, a disgraced cop sent to the outback to serve his time, the bank manager s daughter, the local animatronics expert, a bloke connecting with his somewhat tenuous Aboriginal heritage and a wife who is Aboriginal that thinks he s hilarious , Davo who runs the fish farm, a bunch of crooks, one crook s wife and her Kiwi driver, a couple of hired killers, an insurance investigator with an energiser bunny complex, a heap of Jack Russell dogs, a couple of city Detectives, some wolves, a large crocodile, assorted Japanese and German fighters, a motor bike, a clearing in the bush, a lake that didn t used to be there, a town on the brink of collapse and 3 million dollars Despite a slight worry that this might all end up being a bit forced firstly this was absolutely hilarious in places and secondly, there was a really good solid storyline in amongst the lunacy There are lots of delicious twists and turns in this tale how Lambert Hampton found out about the buried millions, where he went from there, the timelines involved, how the authorities, the crooks, the insurance investigators and all can think they know what happened but proving it is a whole different kettle of barramundi And then there s how much Lambert is prepared to put on the line when push comes to shove and his daughter, friends and a Jack Russell need rescuing.This book really is wonderful example of its type A fantastic romp with lots of action, lots of coincidences, a hefty dose of lunacy and some clever twisting and turning There s some hilarious images, lines and situations, but at no time does the thing slip over into farce it s all very believable and quintessentially Australian bush There s some aspects which just made me cry with laughter the way the Police Detective puts the media off the scent, the way Lambert counters with the town s reaction to the lake searching And then there s the animatronics Somebody really should remember to warn anyone new about those things. but then again.The only thing that worries me after finishing A MAN YOU CAN BANK ON is whether or not I can look the bloke who is working hard to keep our local town alive in the eye ever again I keep telling myself he s just on the board of the community bank. he was never the bank manager


  3. says:

    If you like your crime fiction laced with plenty of laughs, then this caper style tale set in the Australian Outback could be just your ticket Former bank manager Lambert Hampton helped transform the tiny town of Munni Munni after stumbling across a robbery gang s stash Years later, the crims, the cops, a rogue investigator and two hit men are all chasing the money, converging on the town, causing shenanigans aplenty Hansen, who grew up in New Zealand, creates an intriguing tale packed with e If you like your crime fiction laced with plenty of laughs, then this caper style tale set in the Australian Outback could be just your ticket Former bank manager Lambert Hampton helped transform the tiny town of Munni Munni after stumbling across a robbery gang s stash Years later, the crims, the cops, a rogue investigator and two hit men are all chasing the money, converging on the town, causing shenanigans aplenty Hansen, who grew up in New Zealand, creates an intriguing tale packed with eccentric characters and memorable moments that stay with you long after the final page


  4. says:

    Update 27 April 2015First read 9 June 2012Just read this book again and I stand by my first review It was just as good the second time round.An absolutely brilliant book that I couldn t get enough of Recommended to me by a goodreads reader, it had everything I could want in a novel It was funny, fast paced, dramatic and even slightly romantic.Hansen has a brilliant technique of creating a vast array of characters that are all so unique and wonderfully written He makes a way to connect with Update 27 April 2015First read 9 June 2012Just read this book again and I stand by my first review It was just as good the second time round.An absolutely brilliant book that I couldn t get enough of Recommended to me by a goodreads reader, it had everything I could want in a novel It was funny, fast paced, dramatic and even slightly romantic.Hansen has a brilliant technique of creating a vast array of characters that are all so unique and wonderfully written He makes a way to connect with each one of them from the Detective Inspector, to the local garage owner to the two most notorious hit men in Australia I particularly liked Stretch and Woody who were both comical and yet endearing The town of Munni Munni in particular is fantastically described in both physicality and in the way an isolated Australian town functions As an English person this was a great insight into the Australian outback.The plot is solid and while there are so many characters I stopped counting after eight in various locations of Australia and written from so many different perspectives, there is still the running core that keeps the direction focused and it flows steadily It s full of clever twists, which turns tough criminals into quivering wrecks and some ordinary townsfolk into heroes There are some hilarious lines and scenes whereby I found myself chuckling aloud on the train.This was a masterpiece of a novel, which I cannot fault at all Clever, comical, crafty, I would happily read it over and over again


  5. says:

    Sorry but I don t think I can finish this, or at least not right now It s a good yarn, but there s not enough going on to keep me reading and I don t feel particularly invested in what happens to Lambert or Munni Munni I do hope Stretch finds love though


  6. says:

    I had to read this novel in a very short space of time for my next book club and it was made very easy for me as it was such a page turner The book is quirky, funny, scary and original.


  7. says:

    A great disappointment This doesn t have the story telling finesse of Sole or Lunch series, but is entirely tongue in cheek claptrap.


  8. says:

    A ridiculous notion for a story, but what a ride Engaging, funny and utterly original Devoured it and really wanted .


  9. says:

    resources lie buried in the tiny, drought stricken NSW town of Munni Munni, purportedly population bugger all and declining , where every adult resident drives a modest but newish white Camry and the place is abundant in Jack Russells, each dog named after Australian Stock Exchange shares that have yielded a profit.Gilded fish swim here, too millions of dollars lie in wait near or beneath the man made lake that houses the town s famous barramundi farm This good resources lie buried in the tiny, drought stricken NSW town of Munni Munni, purportedly population bugger all and declining , where every adult resident drives a modest but newish white Camry and the place is abundant in Jack Russells, each dog named after Australian Stock Exchange shares that have yielded a profit.Gilded fish swim here, too millions of dollars lie in wait near or beneath the man made lake that houses the town s famous barramundi farm This good fortune is down to a former bank manager, Lambert Hampton, who has turned the locals into entrepreneurs Question for the law is, how did he raise the capital to reverse this conservative little town s fortunes surely not from the missing proceeds of a great bookie robbery years earlier Intrigued, I tried to find Munni Munni on Google Maps, knowing London born, Pittwater based novelist Derek Hansen had probably made the place up in this, his latest novel, A Man You Can Bank On I plotted the route of policeman Duncan Stretch Beddington s introduction to the town, driving north through Bathurst, Dubbo, Gilgandra, Gulargambone and Quambone all real places so far all easy to find The trail should have then turned right into Munni Munni, said to be nothan three streets wide with one cross street in the middle, just to add excitement But nothing Yes, there is a place called Munni, as in singular, population 4942, between Dungog and the Barrington Tops National Park, but that s up to eight hours drive from Quambone That d be one heck of a right turn Perhaps Munni Munni was a mere play on money, money Or, maybe, the name had been borrowed from Munni Munni Creek no hyphen on the other side of the country in the Western Australian Pilbara, the traditional lands of the Ngarluma people, a dreaming place where nearby there s said to be rich gold and platinum group deposits One of the Jack Russells in A Man You Can Bank On is named Fortescue is this tale an allusion to mining Ah, such are the byways of driving a piqued imagination through juxtaposed real and imagined destinations By journey s end, the reader shouldn t expect muchthan an action packed day of reckoning when the bad guys bust out of jail, prepared to inflict bodily damage to recoup their ill gotten gains, in much the same way the reader is disabused from taking on face value the book s ginger headed, freckle faced Mick O Connor s claim he is the only surviving member of the Munni Munni people Making a gag out of cultural Aboriginal identity is brave joke territory, though perhaps safe ground when there s no such mob I wanted to see muchof the quirky townspeople and what they had achieved with their enterprises, however One guy, for instance, created an animatronics business, but I never really pictured this eccentric, with too little information provided Obtuse too is the former banker Lambert s psychology his cool collectedness explained by some experience of being bullied in his banking career while his life and business partner, Annette, a former executive and one time whistleblower, only gets her story told through Lambert himself Female characters don t get much of a look in here, except when they re initiating sex Lambert s daughter Sophie gets one such brief, hilariously hungry scene Enough of the fancy stuff Horse the bloody thing into me but this is a blokes story policeman Stretch, dodgy insurance investigator Woody, and two nasty hit men known as Irish and The Bowler, the latter given to a lot of malapropisms The good news is Hansen is a dab hand at an action scene when Woody s in strife, the book is a real page turner Perhaps though there s too many police and crim characters here The novel has a clever premise to what extent might otherwise honest people go to save a town, and how would they bury their deeds but this idea is slowly abandoned as the story embraces a conventional gunfire and hostage plot


  10. says:

    Eat your heart out Carl Hiassen and El Leonard Here is a quirky crime story with an Australian accent I discovered a while ago Derek Hansen could write great dramatic novels, now he s come up with this comic bottler.


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