It is two days since Dr John Brand's death and his eldest son, Davis, suspects a cover-up. 'Survived by two sons', the death notice said. 'Peacefully.' But someone has lied: there are three sons, and the circumstances of their father's death are murky. A PRIVATE MAN is at once a poignant story of a family's grief, an artfully constructed thriller and a provocative dissection of Australian men and their private passions.
Malcolm Knox is a respected novelist and former literary editor of the Sydney Morning Herald. He writes extensively on cricket and sport and has won a Walkley Award for journalism.