The Czech language translation of The Race was published by Fragment in October 2012. The Contract will be released as Nebezpečný kontrakt (Dangerous Contract) in April 2013. My thanks to Fragment and Elizabeth Kalinová, the translator, for my first foreign language release.
‘Gripping and contemporary’
‘Edge of the seat reading……… Fast and furious prose.’
‘It’s a welcome return’ [of Stella and Jack]
The Race is now available to buy in bookstores or online or as an eBook. My thanks to everyone who had a part in getting in to this point. And a special thanks to everyone who buys a copy or recommends it to a friend.
Brett will be interviewed on Melbourne Talk Radio during the Melbourne Weekend show with Glenn Ridge. Listen in on Saturday August 6 at 1pm.
The following Q&A was prepared for the Penguin Australia website. The questions were posed by Anna Esposito.
Tell us a little about your new book, The Race.
In The Race, Jack Rogers and Stella Sartori can’t believe their luck when a juicy consulting assignment takes them to Italy at the height of summer. Even better, the job requires an insider’s look at the glamorous world of Formula 1 racing. Despite the many distractions, they focus their minds on doing a good job for their client. But their peculiar knack for digging out the truth drags them into the climax of a deadly conspiracy that has been unfolding for months. At its heart is an aristocratic family dynasty surrounded by a swirl of money, politics, religion and tradition. Before they understand what they’ve uncovered, Jack and Stella find themselves targeted by the conspirators. Their only choice is to unravel the layers of deceit and misdirection that have so far fooled everyone else, including the European police, to expose the real mastermind behind the plot. Continue reading “The Race Q&A”
The Age has kindly highlighted The Contract in its ‘Summer Read’ series and has reprinted the entire prologue.
‘Business is indeed risky in this well-paced yarn.’
‘…..an intelligent insight into the dirty world of corporate takeovers and acquisitions. …….. After this gripping offering, Hoffmann has left the door open for what should be an exciting sequel.’
‘Age-old secrets are popular grist for thriller-writing mill at present, and a decade-old mystery is the crucial jigsaw piece in this debut work by Australian author Hoffmann. Setting his thriller in high-flying Wall Street, Hoffmann has two Australians as his key characters. They are Jack and Stella, successful business people working for different divisions of an investment bank. They are thrown together in a desperate fight for their lives and the truth when Stella unwittingly uncovers a devastating secret.’