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Arthur Upfield catalogue
Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte

For twenty years Arthur Upfield travelled throughout the outback working at a number of jobs. He learnt much of Aboriginal culture, later to be used in his books.

He created the character of Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, based on a man known as "Tracker Leon", whom he had met in his travels. Leon Wood was a "half-caste" (in the language of the day) Aboriginal man employed as a tracker by the Queensland Police.
The novels featuring "Bony", as the character was also known, were far more successful than other Upfield writings.

updated 1st July 2018

Bony Buys a Woman

Heinemann 1957 1st ed. A hardback book in good condition with dust jacket in good condition, not ex-library. There is a blacked-out name on the first page, clean cream pages, tight binding and clean blue board covers. The clipped dust jacket has chipping at both ends of the spine, a 3cm tear at spine front bottom has an associated crease along the bottom front, a 1cm tear bottom back and scuffing at corners. Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte is Australia's greatest fictional detective: he operates mostly in the outback and has special insights from his part-aboriginal heritage.
Before he can trap the murderer into giving himself away, Bony has to buy the beautiful Meena from the aboriginals and risk her life and his on the treacherous mud of Lake Eyre.
UPF048 AU$60

Man of Two Tribes

William Heinemann 1956 1st ed. A hardback book in good condition with dust jacket in fair condition, not ex-library. There is a blacked-out name on the first page and an inscription Christmas 1956, clean cream pages, tight binding and clean blue board covers. The unclipped dust jacket has chipping at both ends of the spine and corners, two 2cm tears at bottom back and a paper lift in the middle of the front.
Myra Thomas, an acquitted murderess, appears to have walked off the train on the Nullarbor Plain and Bony is out looking for her.
UPF050 AU$40

 

Winds of Evil

Arkon Paperbacks 1972 A paperback book in good condition, not ex-library. There is a blacked-out name stamp on the first page, clean beige pages, tight binding and clean stiff card covers with a slight forward lean. Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte is Australia's greatest fictional detective: he operates mostly in the outback and has special insights from his part-aboriginal heritage. A cold case for Bony: two bizarre murders at Wirragatta Station a year ago and any clues confused by a bumbling policeman.
UPF052 AU$6
The Mystery of Swordfish Reef

Scribner Paperback Fiction NY 1998, a NEW paperback book, no marks, unread.
Three men set out for a day's fishing from Bermagui in NSW and don't return. Weeks later a passing fisherman hauls in a gruesome catch - the head of one of the missing men. It's a case for Bony, Detective-Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, the half-aboriginal detective.
UPF041 AU$12
The Bachelors of Broken Hill

Hinkler Australia 1994 paperback book in very good condition, not ex-library. There are no names or marks, clean cream pages with darker edges, tight binding and clean stiff card covers. Napoleon Bonaparte has special skills arising from his part-aboriginal heritage has unique skills when it comes to solving a crime.When two elderly bachelors are poisoned by cyanide in the silver city of Broken Hill he calls on the unorthodox assistance of Jiimy the Screwsman and a lightning-sketch artist.
UPF044 AU$8

The Battling Prophet

Arkin Paperbacks 1972. A paperback book in good condition, not ex-library. There is a blacked-out name stamp on the first page, clean tanned pages, tight binding and clean stiff card covers with edgewear. Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte is Australia's greatest fictional detective: he operates mostly in the outback and has special insights from his part-aboriginal heritage.
Bony is staying with a friend near Mount Gambier where a meteorologist has recently died.
UPF047 AU$6