Kel Robertson is the author of three critically lauded crime novels featuring the Chinese-Australian Federal Police investigator, Brad Chen.

Dead Set was released by Text Publishing in February 2006.  In it, Chen investigates the murder of a Federal Minister for Immigration.  The task takes him to Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and the Central Coast of New South Wales. Dead Set was shortlisted for the 2006 Ned Kelly Awards Best First Fiction prize.

Smoke and Mirrors was released in August 2008 and sees Chen attempting to solve the double murder of a Whitlam Government Minister and the editor of the same ex-Minister's long-awaited memoirs.  Smoke and Mirrors is set entirely in the Canberra region and was joint winner of the 2009 Ned Kelly Awards Best Fiction prize, sharing honours with Peter Corris's Deep Water.

Rip Off was published by Pan MacMillan in September 2011.  In this third book Chen heads to Adelaide to investigate the deaths of a number of property fraudsters in Perth and the city of churches. Seemingly unconnected deaths of other rip off artists in Melbourne and Sydney have the public treating the killer as a hero. The pressure is on Chen to catch the killer before all semblance of public order is lost.

Fast News - 29 March 2014

  • Hard copies of Rip Off now available from Redhen;
  • Dead Set will soon be available as an e-book from the Australian Society of Authors site;
  • There was a hard disk disaster at Robertson Manor at the end of 2012. If, in the second half of 2012 you registered to receive communications from the cantankerous, pompous one, please re-register, as all his emails in that period were lost.




Photograph of author by Tim Thomas

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