The Broken Shore
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The Broken Shore

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Before Rai Sarris, Cashin was different. He moved more quickly then, he was less thoughtful, less easily spooked. But there are consequences when you've come that close to dying. For Cashin, they include a posting away from the world of murderers, of Homicide, to the quiet place on the coast where he grew up. Here all he has to do is play the country cop and walk the dogs. And sometimes think about how he was before Sarris. Then rich Charles Bourgoyne, the local benefactor, is bashed and everything seems to point to three boys from the nearby Aboriginal community. Cashin is unconvinced and as tragedy unfolds relentlessly into tragedy, he finds himself holding onto something that might be better let go.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 132 x 196 x 22mm | 267g
  • Text Publishing Co
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 1921656778
  • 9781921656774
  • 336,004

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`Peter Temple has been described as one of Australia's best crime novelists, but he's far better than that. He's one of our best novelists full stop.' * Sun-Herald * `Temple follows some crime-writing conventions-yes there are crimes to be solved, yes the plot thickens, yes there are flawed cops with problems of their own-but he folds in so many layers with so much style that genre becomes irrelevant.' * Guardian * `The Broken Shore...is a crime novel that towers high above the rest of the genre...' * Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung * 'The Broken Shore is superb, full of great characters, and set in rural Australia, a place Temple obviously loves. But it's his dialogue that carries the book. If Raymond Chandler had been born Down Under, this is what his novels would have sounded like.' * Globe and Mail * `The Broken Shore offers both poetry and gore, and it's best if you have a taste for both. 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 * `It's a stone classic. Hard as nails and horrible, but read page one and I challenge you not to finish it.' * Independent * `A towering achievement that brings alive a ferocious landscape and a motley assortment of clashing characters. The sense of place is stifling in its intensity, and seldom has a waltz of the damned proven so hypnotic. Indispensable.' * Guardian * `The Broken Shore portrays a community in thrall to long-established prejudices and passions. It is also about the inner destruction of families: raw, cruel and moving.' * The Times * `With this moving portrait of a detective at a turning point in his life, one of our most accomplished crime writers gives us not only a gripping whodunnit but grapples with issues ranging from race relations, friendship, loyalty, politics, the past and the future to the bond between a man and his dog.' -- Susan Kurosawa * Age * 'The Broken Shore is one of those watershed books that makes you rethink your ideas about reading.' -- Kerryn Goldsworthy * Sydney Morning Herald * 'it might well be the best crime novel published in this country.' -- Graeme Blundell * Weekend Australian * 'the greatest joy is Temple's use of language. Every word in The Broken Shore contains meaning...It's deliciously brutal and spare, full of unambiguous violence, prejudice and hatred one moment, and cavernous instances of insight and revelation the next.' * Courier-Mail * `The best yet...The Broken Shore might just be a great Australian novel, irrespective of genre.' * Age *
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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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3,873 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 25% (951)
4 41% (1,591)
3 25% (969)
2 7% (252)
1 3% (110)
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