… a globe–trotting period thriller that takes in locales from London to Bogota. The Swan Song of Doctor Malloy is artfully paced and suspenseful. … the writing is energised by realistic detail: the psychology of the characters, the geopolitics and social mores (especially the penetrating insider’s view of the early AIDS industry) ground the novel and keep the pages turning.
Cameron Woodhead, The Age September 2014
The Swan Song of Doctor Malloy will appeal to those who’ve enjoyed John Le Carré’s The Constant Gardener and Mission Song and similar books that mix thriller politics with moral issues.
Tim Coronel, Bookseller + Publisher
Eminently readable. The author writes with great empathy about the highs and utter depths to which drink-fuelled sprees take Malloy and the subsequent shame and humiliation.
Jennifer Somerville, Good Reading Magazine, July 2013
Beautiful and tender moments … lasting imagery … really resonates with me.
Jon Faine, Conversation Hour, ABC 774 16 May 2013
Sense of longing for place that is really very affective and affecting.
Michael Williams, Conversation Hour, ABC 774 16 May 2013
Power is an assured storyteller, and the novel is taut and compelling … Power’s insight into addiction is remarkable and works brilliantly as the running thread of the narrative .
Crusader Hillis, Australian Book Review September 2013
Here is protagonist Anthony Malloy amid the little known world of pharmaceutical research, dealing with the uses and abuses that spring from the very real ability to change lives that comes from specialised medical knowledge. Malloy is driven yet conflicted – as issues of contemporary drug use and preventative medical strategies are played out he develops as a flesh and blood, vulnerable, anxious man, with a failing marriage, a complex child and troubled siblings. Power takes us, and Malloy, from London to south-east Asia, the USA and South America – a kind of Lonely Planet journey through drug and disease hotspots, without the voyeurism.
This is another success not just for Power, but importantly too for small local publisher Transit Lounge, doing exceptional things with a very high quality list.
William Charles, The Melbourne Review September 2013