The Broken Shore by Peter Temple
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Peter Temple is currently being hailed as the finest crime writer in Australia, but it won't be long before he is recognized as what he really is--one of the nation's finest writers, period. Born in South Africa, Temple is writing a dynamic kind of literary thriller that ultimately defies classification.

The Broken Shore, his eighth novel, revolves around big-city detective Joe Cashin. Shaken by a scrape with death, he's posted away from the Homicide Squad to the quiet town on the South Australian coast where he grew up. Carrying physical scars and more than a little guilt, he spends his time playing the country cop, walking his dogs, and thinking about how it all was before. But when a prominent local is attacked in his own home and left for dead, Cashin is thrust into what becomes a murder investigation. The evidence points to three boys from the nearby aboriginal community--everyone seems to want to blame them. Cashin is unconvinced, and soon begins to see the outlines of something far more terrible than a burglary gone wrong.

Winner of the Colin Roderick Award for Australian writing as well as Australia's major prize for crime fiction, the Ned Kelly Award, The Broken Shore is a transfixing and moving novel about a place, a family, politics and power, and the need to live decently in a world where so much is rotten.

 

About Peter Temple

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Peter Temple is the author of eight crime novels, five of which have won the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction. He has worked as a journalist and editor for newspapers and magazines in several countries. He lives in Victoria, Australia.
 
Published May 27, 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 372 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Business & Economics. Fiction

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An Australian cop sent to the hinterlands after narrowly escaping death finds that life in the slow lane is just as nasty.

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What do you do if you want to turn the latest book by a writer who's won five Ned Kelly Awards (Australia's equivalent to the Edgar Awards) into an equally impressive audio version? Blackstone had

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THE BROKEN SHORE by Australian writer Peter Temple is far more than a great mystery novel --- it is a great novel, period.

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Entertainment Weekly

Little known in the United States but a major award winner Down Under, Temple writes mostly about Melbourne, a city blessed with weather that inspires ''introspective mediocrity and suicidal failure.'' His latest novel to be published here, The Broken Shore, is set not in the metropolis itself bu...

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What do you do if you want to turn the latest book by a writer who's won five Ned Kelly Awards (Australia's equivalent to the Edgar Awards) into an equally impressive audio version?

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NY Times Book Review 3.5 of 5 Stars"Peter Temple drops the clipped delivery that gives a hard edge to his popular Jack Irish mysteries and delivers a mature and measured account of the kind of crimes committed in the dead quiet of rural Australia.

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Detective Joe Cashin is happy working as a small town cop in country Victoria.

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