Dragon Man by Garry Disher
(Inspector Challis Mysteries)

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Meet Hal Challis, Detective for the Mornington Peninsula police force in Southeast Australia, in the first investigation in this prize-winning crime series
A serial killer is on the loose in a small coastal town near Melbourne, Australia. Detective Inspector Hal Challis and his team must apprehend him before he strikes again. But first, Challis has to contend with the editor of a local newspaper who undermines his investigation at every turn, and with his wife, who attempts to resurrect their marriage through long-distance phone calls from a sanitarium, where she has been committed for the past eight years for attempted murder—his.

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About Garry Disher

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Garry Disher is one of Australia's best-known novelists. He's published over 40 books in a range of genres, including crime, children's books, and Australian history. His Hal Challis series is also published in the US by Soho Crime. He lives on the Mornington Peninsula, south-east of Melbourne.

Author Residence: Melbourne, Australia
Published July 1, 2005 by Soho Crime. 253 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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A harried police force in southern Australia tries to apprehend a serial killer while coping with diverse minor infractions and major personal problems.

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(Aug. 15) Forecast: Disher's literary standing (his novel The Sunken Road was nominated for the Booker Prize), Soho's reputation for quality (a Soho title won the Edgar for Best First Novel this year) and increasing U.S. interest in foreign crime writers all bode well for sales.

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THE DRAGON MAN – the title comes from Challis's sideline of restoring an old aeroplane – is high on atmosphere, if low on characters you'd want to spend any time with.

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Reviewing the Evidence

I hope that THE DRAGON MAN will meet huge success so that Disher's work is more readily available outside of Australia.

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Monsters and Critics

Challis keeps his head down, spends his free time restoring a vintage aeroplane and gets on with his job aided by sergeant Ellen Destry who has brought her reluctant family to live on the Mornington Peninsular, near Melbourne.

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