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The death of a nameless prostitute in a glitzy Melbourne high-rise is the first in a series of crimes that Insp. Stephen Villani discovers are all tied to protecting the interests of the city's elite in this brutal tale of corruption, greed, and revenge from Australian author (and Ned Kelly Award–winner) Temple (The Broken Shore). Burdened by a shaky marriage and an increasingly rebellious teenage daughter while trying to stay afloat in Melbourne's treacherous political climate, Villani doesn't know where to turn. The discovery of three savagely tortured men with ties to one of the city's biggest crime bosses only adds another layer to the already twisted case, and makes Villani question eve-rything he thought he knew about the line between cop and criminal. Temple's elliptical storytelling—the past and the present are often interchangeable—fits the slippery subject of deeply ingrained police corruption and one man's determination to uncover the truth. (May)
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Winner – Australian Book Industry Award for General Fiction
Shortlisted – Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
Shortlisted – Victorian Premier’s Awards for Fiction
Shortlisted – Australian Book Industry Award for Book of the Year

An Australian Financial Review Book of the Year
Truth is about family and morality, city and countryside, private dilemmas and public responsibilities. It’s also a stunning piece of psychological portraiture.”
 — The Guardian

“Temple’s award-winning The Broken Shore was good; this is better.”
 — The Independent

Truth is both confronting and electrifying. It is Temple’s best book.”
 — The Age
“Absent mothers, unspoken tensions, family secrets all hover like shadows over this story. . . . It is mesmerizing reading . . . and it marks Peter Temple as one of our greatest writers.”
 — Sunday Telegraph
“The writing is diamond hard and clear, the pages demand to be turned, and he comes near the truth of things that matter. . . . Temple’s many fans will need no encouragement to read this book. If you are yet to join them, don’t wait any longer.” 
 — The Australian

"Truth succeeds as a well-paced, most engaging crime novel, a world-class effort. It is also one of the best pieces of modern Australian fiction this decade if not for many decades."
 — The Courier Mail

“This sequel to The Broken Shore is every bit as good. . . . It seduces you. This is a wonderful book, one of the best of the year.”
 — Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail
“Peter Temple’s latest is blistering. . . .a world-class, gobsmacking novel.”
 — Winnipeg Free Press

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307358852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307358851
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,579,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Peter Temple is the author of nine novels, including four books in the Jack Irish series. He has won the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction five times, and his widely acclaimed novels have been published in over twenty countries. "The Broken Shore" won the UK's prestigious Duncan Lawrie Dagger for the best crime novel of 2007 and was made into an ABC telemovie in 2014. Truth won the 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award, the first time a crime writer has won an award of this caliber anywhere in the world. Temple's first two novels "Bad Debts" and "Black Tide" have been made into films with Guy Pearce starring as Jack Irish.

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Laurie doesn't see him, so Steve Villani is able to study his wife as she walks toward him.

Jeans, black leather jacket, thinner, different haircut, a more confident stride.

She spots him, comes over.

He hasn't planned it, but he can't help himself. "You're having an affair."

She says this isn't the place to talk. He won't let it go.

"... meeting with the boyfriend, is that it?"

"I'm not having an affair," she says. "I'm in love with someone, I'll move out today."

Looking for great fiction-writing? Friends, that is it: not a word wasted, every beat true, drama at the red line, a surprise that packs a wallop.

What more do you want? Whatever your fantasy about a book, Peter Temple probably satisfies it in Truth. Peter Temple? Only one of the world's better novelists. But unknown to most American readers largely because he lives in Australia.

Temple is under-appreciated here for another reason: His books are thrillers with violent crimes as the problem to be solved and cops as the characters who must solve them. In our country, that's the province of genre specialists like Patricia Cornwell and James Patterson --- writers who favor simple plots, cardboard dialogue and lots of white space on the page. Temple, in comparison, is Dostoevsky.

The comparison is not casual. Temple's characters are complex, his plots complicated, his world smudged if not outright dirty --- that is, his books are entirely credible. In this one, a young prostitute is found murdered in a super-luxury high rise that boasts the ultimate in technology --- though on the night of the murder, none of it works. In Temple's books, high and low always meet.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 1, 2010
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'Bomb It To Snake' is an Australian expression that means, follow procedure-particularly in an emergency. A bomb is a long kick. Snake was the name of an Australian Rules Footballer. Originally instruction to members of Snake's football team on what to do when no other opportunities presented themselves. This fits our Inspector Stephen Villani's philosophy to a 'T'. He, the head of Homicide, said this to his team when he wanted the right thing done, now-'Bomb It To Snake'.

'Truth' could be one of the best crime thrillers I have read this year. Hard to tell, we are young yet, but it kept me engrossed throughout. Not one word too many, but I was mystified at times about some of the phrasing, but I muddled through and it came to me without much of a problem. Fires have engulfed much of the brush in Australia, and it has reached the valley near his boyhood home. Villani goes home to visit his father, Bob. They fall into their relationship, and we come to an understanding of sorts about why Villani needs to be in control, and why he is accused of being a bully. Things at the offices are busy, murder and mayhem are always on the docket. One of the new cases looks fairly easy to crack, a young prostitute found murdered in a new high rise building. So much security; cameras, voice prints, eyeball prints, but yet no information is forthcoming. Orders from on-high say to go easy, lie low. Politics and job security are raising their heads. Villani is a man who was brought up to be straight and narrow, but to maintain his job and not be swept under he has to play by the rules, doesn't he?

Family life is a problem. He has been married for many years to Laurie, three kids. The marriage is falling apart, his younger daughter is a druggie, and no one knows what she is up to.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By 4 Corners 87401 on June 4, 2010
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Peter Temple is simply one of the best writers to come along in the last decade or so. The fact that he writes mysteries and police procedurals is beside the point.
I started with Identity Theory, and then bought everything he has written - as one reviewer mentioned, this wasn't easy given his little-known status in the US. I had to buy the books from Australia and it was worth every penny!
I've re-read all the books several times and am still in awe of his grasp of personalities, moods, scenery, horses, political jackels, you name it. I just finished reading the Jack Irish series again and feel like I know him, his friends, his pub, everything. There are little treasures littering the writing like gems. Discussing his problem with sleeplessness and nightmares, he describes dreams as "the mind's cinematic memories." Lovely.
The books, with the exception of Identify Theory, are set in Australia and written in Australian. Reading them offers up a whole new world, with its own slang and meanings. The Broken Shore and Truth include a glossary of Australian terms in the back which is not only helpful but hysterical reading. The glossary also help when you go back to re-read the other books as well.
I would suggest starting with Identity Theory, not because that is where I got hooked, but because it starts in South Africa, then bounces back and forth between Hamburg and London, and comes together again in Wales. It is a pretty complex book but the characters and places just step off of the pages, and you keep turning them.
I am almost envious of those of you who have never read any of his have SO much to look forward to now. Enjoy!
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