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The Broken Shore: A Novel Paperback – May 27, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In Temple's beautifully written eighth crime novel, Joe Cashin, a city homicide cop recovering from an injury, returns to the quiet coastal area of South Australia where he grew up. There he investigates the beating death of elderly millionaire Charles Bourgoyne. After three aboriginal teens try to sell Bourgoyne's missing watch, the cops ambush the boys, killing two. When the department closes the case, Joe, a melancholy, combative cynic sympathetic to underdogs, decides to find the truth on his own. His unauthorized inquiry, which takes him both back in time and sideways into a netherworld of child pornography and sexual abuse, leads to a shocking conclusion. Temple (An Iron Rose), who has won five Ned Kelly Awards, examines Australian political and social divisions underlying the deceptively simple murder case. Many characters, especially the police, exhibit the vicious racism that still pervades the country's white society. Byzantine plot twists and incisively drawn characters combine with stunning descriptions of the wild, lush, menacing Australian landscape to make this an unforgettable read. (June)
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Peter Temple, the author of eight previous mystery novels and a five-time winner of the Ned Kelly Award, Australia's most prestigious prize for crime fiction, is a literary sensation in the Southern Hemisphere. The Broken Shore lives up to expectations with its vivid characters, meticulously plotted story lines, nimble prose, and striking sense of place. Often compared to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, Joe Cashin-flawed and cynical, but still looking out for the underdog-is a delightful protagonist. Though Entertainment Weekly thought that the denouement didn't quite live up to its earlier promise, most critics unanimously praised this smart, sophisticated thriller. Hopefully, Temple will begin to attract more attention on this side of the equator.
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Top customer reviews
Caveat - if you don't like liberal use of four-letter words, you will probably feel uncomfortable with this book.
Joe Cashin has a tough life, both personally and professionally. The murder of a local rich guy named Bourgoyne initially seems fairly straightforward and then it's not. There's generally a dark atmosphere and Temple weaves in some socioeconomic color from Australia to enhance the tale. Between personal issues requiring his attention and professional matters going wrong, Joe Cashin has plenty of demands on his time. My only criticism is that the romantic element seemed a little unrealistic.