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The Broken Shore Paperback – May 27, 2007

4.2 out of 5 stars 236 ratings
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“Flinty, funny, subtle, and smart . . .Temple ranks among [the crime genre's] very best practitioners.” ―Entertainment Weekly

“Having read the new novels of Michael Connelly and Martin Cruz Smith, I have to say that Temple belongs in their company. . . . Murder, rape, suicide, child abuse, police brutality, shootouts--but always in the context of gorgeous writing . . . Throughout, Temple finds time to please us with flashes of writing that range from poetic to brutal.” ―The Washington Post

“A grim, brutally involving crime novel [from] a master of the genre . . . Temple develops a complex tale threaded with the racism and corruption so embedded in Australia's ways and means that the scene is as vivid as the crime. . . . A compulsive read . . . It's one of those books you can't wait to finish and then can only regret that it's ended.” ―Daily News (New York)

“The extra emphasis on character, as well as subtle commentary on race and class divides, add many welcome layers to Temple's already-outstanding acuity for plotting and pace and his almost musical ear for dialogue.” ―The Baltimore Sun

“A mature and measured account of the kind of crimes committed in the dead quiet of rural Australia . . . Temple offers some provocative and painful views of Australia's inner landscape.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“This deeply intelligent thriller starts slowly, builds inexorably, and ends unforgettably.” ―Booklist (starred review)

“[Temple] writes so beautifully.” ―Salon.com

“One of the year's best mysteries . . . Drop everything and read this book.” ―Rocky Mountain News

About the Author

PETER TEMPLE is the author of eight crime novels, five of which have won the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction. He lives in Victoria, Australia.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Paperback : 357 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0312427867
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0312427863
  • Publisher : Picador; First Edition (May 27, 2007)
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.92 x 8.25 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 236 ratings
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