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- Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
- Format: Paperback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 28mm | 280g
- Publication date: 1 July 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1847243835
- ISBN 13: 9781847243836
- Sales rank: 2,466
At the close of a long day, Inspector Stephen Villani stands in the bathroom of a luxury apartment high above the city. In the glass bath, a young woman lies dead. Villani's job as the head of the Victoria Police Homicide Squad is bathed in blood and sorrow. Incapable of constancy as a father and husband, damaged as a son, his life is his work. It is his identity, his calling, his touchstone. Now, over a few sweltering summer days, as fires burn across the state and his superiors and colleagues scheme and jostle, his soul is about to be laid bare. Truth is a novel about a man, a family, a city. It is about violence, murder, love, corruption, honour and deceit. And it is about truth.
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Five-time winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction, Peter Temple is Australia's most acclaimed crime and thriller writer. He is the author of four Jack Irish novels and four standalone novels: An Iron Rose (1998), Shooting Star (1999) In the Evil Day (2002) and The Broken Shore (2006), winner of the CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger 2007 for Crime Fiction.
By Richard Brandt 06 Aug 2010
Let it be known I have no prior readiong experience with Peter Temple. I opened this book expecting a crime thriller. What I found was something else.
Temple's novel is more about the character than it is about the crime. The crime in effect serves as an excuse to set the stage for an exploration into the mind of the book's main character, head of homicide, Stephen Villani.
Villani is a complex, darkened character, whose personal life is rife with challenges, from his wife to his estranged daughter, all of which stem from the pressures and demands of his highly public and highly stressful job with the police force.
Temple's prose is quick and sharp, though I felt the chapters often passed between flashbacks and the present without prior warning a little too often to follow fluidly.
Overall, however, Temple makes a worthy addition to modern Australian literature.
'Peter Temple's Truth may well prove to be the year's best thriller... It's the fierce energy of Temple's writing that is the book's outstanding feature - the dialogue and linking prose almost vie to outdo each other in brilliance' Sunday Times. 'A thriller of dazzling richness... leaves the reader ravaged, furious and marvelling at his technique... a stunning piece of psychological portraiture' Guardian. 'One of the world's most distinguished literary crime novelists' Independent. 'Tautly constructed and compulsively paced... his dialogue is entirely distinctive, full of the mangled poetry and beautiful solecisms of ordinary speech' Observer. 'What makes Temple so compelling is his divine use of language. The novel is written with grace and subtlety, elegant but also violent, dark and yet suffused with sympathy for the protagonists, cast in dialogue that is both distinctive and surprising' Daily Mail. 'With crackling prose and sparkling dialogue, Temple has fashioned a fashioned a fast-paced atmospheric police work of genuine class' Mail On Sunday. 'Temple's award-winning The Broken Shore was good; this is better' Independent. 'Doesn't disappoint for a single second' Daily Mail.