Kittyhawk Down : The Second Challis and Destry Mystery
The once-peaceful beach resort of Bushrangers Bay, not far from Melbourne, is the site of multiple crimes that must be investigated by Homicide Squad Inspector Hal Challis and Sergeant Ellen Destry of the Mornington Peninsula Police Force. A toddler is missing; an unidentified corpse has been fished from the sea; cars are being stolen and torched; letter boxes are being burned. And then one of Challis' own friends, Kitty Casement, who runs an aerial photography service and flies a Kittyhawk, is murdered. Figuring out the connections and identifying the criminals absorbs all the energy and intelligence of this cast of sympathetic but complicated policemen and women.
- Paperback | 278 pages
- 128 x 195 x 21mm | 278g
- 12 Jun 2008
- Bitter Lemon Press
- London, United Kingdom
- UK ed.
'A police procedural ... featuring a squad of interestingly flawed homicide cops ... working multiple cases that feature multiple puzzles and a pool of incisively well-drawn murder suspects ... First rate.' New York Times Book Review'Gripping... As the story neatly advances from the viewpoints of characters both major and minor, Disher artfully employs misdirection... Fans of Peter Temple will find much to like in this dark whodunit.' Publishers Weekly'Procedural fans looking for something a little different will devour this one... Enough dark overtones to elevate the series into the Ian Rankin league.' Booklist'Challis is a fine creation: strong and resourceful, yet with enough human frailty to satisfy the tastes of readers raised on Connelly, Rankin or Patricia Cornwell. This is intelligent, well-crafted fare, enlivened by a sharp awareness of society and the dark undercurrents beneath it.' West Australian
About Garry Disher
Disher grew up in South Australia. In 1978 he was awarded a creative writing fellowship to Stanford University, where he wrote his first short-story collection. A full-time writer for many years, he is the author of more than forty titles--fiction, children's books, anthologies, history textbooks, books about the craft of writing, and the Wyatt thrillers. The first Detective Inspector Challis murder mystery, 'The Dragon Man', won the German Crime Fiction Critics Prize 2002 and was published in the UK in 2006 by Bitter Lemon Press.