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Bad Debts: Jack Irish tie in

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Meet Jack Irish, criminal lawyer, debt collector, football lover, turf watcher, trainee cabinetmaker, and one of the best crime characters ever created. When Jack receives a puzzling message from a jailed ex-client he's too deep in misery over Fitzroy's latest loss to take much notice. Next thing Jack knows, the ex-client's dead and he's been drawn into a life-threatening investigation involving high-level corruption, dark sexual secrets, shonky property deals, and murder. With hitmen after him, shady ex-policemen at every turn, and the body count rising, Jack needs to find out what's going on - and fast. The first novel in the iconic Jack Irish series, Bad Debts was originally published in 1996 and won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel. Peter Temple went on to win the Miles Franklin Award in 2010 for Truth as well many other awards and accolades both in Australia and internationally. It has been made into a tele-movie by the ABC with Guy Pearce starring as Jack Irish. It will screen in August 2012.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • Text Publishing Co
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1921758813
  • 9781921758812
  • 139,164

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PETER TEMPLE, WINNER OF THE MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD
WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION GOLD DAGGER FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR
WINNER OF FIVE NED KELLY AWARDS FOR CRIME FICTION Melbourne in winter. Rain. Wind. Pubs. Beer. Sex. Corruption. Murder. A phone message from ex-client Danny McKillop doesn't ring any bells for Jack Irish. Life is hard enough without having to dredge up old problems: his beloved football team continues to lose, the odds on his latest plunge at the track seem far too long and he's still cooking for one. But then Danny turns up dead and Jack has to take a walk back into the dark and dangerous past.
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About Peter Temple

Award-winning author Peter Temple has worked as a journalist, editor and teacher of journalism and editing. He has just been named joint-winner of the NED KELLY AWARD FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL 2001 for DEAD POINT. This is his second win in a row -- SHOOTING STAR won last year -- and his third Ned Kelly Award.'Temple's work is spare, deeply ironic; his wit, like the local beer, as cold asa dental anaesthetic' - THE AUSTRALIAN'Temple is as dark and mean, as cool and as mesmerising, as any James Ellroyor Elmore Leonard' - THE AGE
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Review quote

'Fortunately, Text Publishing last year began the welcome and long-overdue project of ensuring that Temple's entire backlist, which includes four Jack Irish novels and five stand-alones, is available on these shores...Irish is tough and resourceful, yes, but it's the way Temple brings out his fear, desire, humor, and self-doubt that ranks him among the most interesting series heroes.' * Booklist US * 'Having read the new novels of Michael Connelly and Martin Cruz Smith, I have to say that Temple belongs in their company. Australia is a long way off, but this bloke is world-class.' * Washington Post * 'One of the world's finest crime writers.' * The Times * `Unlike many good crime stories, this one can be related to our immediate environment. It incorporates icons and mediums which are very much part of most Australians' lives...These are the elements which make Bad Debts such a good crime novel. From the unforgettable cast of characters to the events which pre-destine their lives, the story literally explodes off the pages.' * Geelong Advertiser * `Temple can be as tough as nails, but also displays a wickedly droll sense of humour which, like the work of, say, the American writer Joe R. Lansdale, frequently has the reader holding his sides with laughter even while immersed in some particularly unpleasant scenario...With Bad Debts Temple has created a world-class novel.' * Sydney Morning Herald * `The prose is tight, the pace breathless, the dialogue inspired, and Temple's take on the Victorians' football mania hilarious.' * Sun-Herald * `Like his characters, Temple has a spare, funny delivery, and a sharp eye for a target...Temple writes with the urgency of someone who wants to disrupt an official investigation, and his story is kept up like taut wire. Brothers and sisters in crime, worship at the Temple.' * Australian * 'Bad Debts is wonderful, quintessentially Australian stuff, full of authentic, diehard types, old culture cops, backstreet humour and inner-city dialogue you can overhear in the bars of certain hotels, the ones with framed pictures of horses on the walls. it is the genuine article and an absolute pearler of a read.' * Australian Book Review *
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1,375 ratings
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4 45% (622)
3 28% (380)
2 5% (70)
1 2% (26)
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