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Awards

Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction (Australia)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Peter Temple is currently being hailed as the finest crime writer in Australia, but it won't be long before he is recognized as what he really is — one of the nation's finest writers, period. Born in South Africa, Temple is writing a dynamic kind of literary thriller that ultimately defies classification.

The Broken Shore, his eighth novel, revolves around big-city detective Joe Cashin. Shaken by a scrape with death, he's posted away from the Homicide Squad to the quiet town on the South Australian coast where he grew up. Carrying physical scars and more than a little guilt, he spends his time playing the country cop, walking his dogs, and thinking about how it all was before. But when a prominent local is attacked in his own home and left for dead, Cashin is thrust into what becomes a murder investigation. The evidence points to three boys from the nearby aboriginal community — everyone seems to want to blame them. Cashin is unconvinced, and soon begins to see the outlines of something far more terrible than a burglary gone wrong.

Winner of the Colin Roderick Award for Australian writing as well as Australia's major prize for crime fiction, the Ned Kelly Award, The Broken Shore is a transfixing and moving novel about a place, a family, politics and power, and the need to live decently in a world where so much is rotten.

Review:

"Consider the opening paragraph of Peter Temple's novel 'The Broken Shore' and what we learn from it:

'Cashin walked around the hill, into the wind from the sea. It was cold, late autumn, last glowing leaves clinging to the liquidambars and maples his great-grandfather's brother had planted, their surrender close. He loved this time, the morning stillness, loved it more than spring.'

... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Temple's novel racked up the awards in Australia, and it's easy to see why: this deeply intelligent thriller starts slowly, builds inexorably, and ends unforgettably." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Flinty, funny, subtle, and smart, The Broken Shore sags under the burden of a few too many narrative complications....But this is a hazard of the genre, and Temple ranks among its very best practitioners. (Grade: B+)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"The Broken Shore offers both poetry and gore, and it's best if you have a taste for both." Washington Post

Review:

"Along with giving us mournful scenes of civilization's slow encroachment on an idyllic countryside, Temple offers some provocative and painful views of Australia's inner landscape." New York Times

Review:

"Temple's novel racked up the awards in Australia, and it's easy to see why: this deeply intelligent thriller starts slowly, builds inexorably, and ends unforgettably." Booklist

Review:

"Australia's finest crime writer." The Observer

Synopsis:

Winner of the Colin Roderick Award as well as Australia's major prize for crime fiction, Peter Temple has written a transfixing and moving novel about a place, a family, politics and power, and the need to live decently in a world where so much is rotten.

Synopsis:

Joe Cashin was different once. He moved easily then. He was surer and less thoughtful. But there are consequences when you've come so close to dying. For Cashin, they included a posting away from the world of Homicide to the quiet place on the coast where he grew up. Now all he has to do is play the country cop and walk the dogs. And sometimes think about how he was before.

Then prominent local Charles Bourgoyne is beaten and left for dead. Everything seems to point to three boys from the nearby Aboriginal community; everyone seems to want it to. But Cashin is unconvinced. And as tragedy unfolds relentlessly into tragedy, he finds himself holding onto something that might be better let go.

Synopsis:

Winner of the CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award

 

A Booklist Best Crime Novel of the Year

 

Shaken by a recent scrape with death, big-city detective Joe Cashin is posted to a quiet town in on the Australian coast. But soon the whole community is thrown into unrest by the murder of a local philanthropist, a man with some very disturbing secrets. The Broken Shore is a brilliantly intricate crime procedural, and a moving novel about a place, a family, politics, and power.

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 has worked as a journalist and editor for newspapers and magazines in several countries. He lives in Victoria, Australia.

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stephena, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by stephena)
This is a great slice of life in Australia, and a completely engrossing mystery...you will need the
glossary unless you grew up Down Under.....but it's worth the extra effort!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374116934
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Temple, Peter
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Race discrimination
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Thrillers/Crime
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
May 29, 2007
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.5 x 1.1 in

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Product details 368 pages Farrar, Straus and Giroux - English 9780374116934 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Temple's novel racked up the awards in Australia, and it's easy to see why: this deeply intelligent thriller starts slowly, builds inexorably, and ends unforgettably."
"Review" by , "Flinty, funny, subtle, and smart, The Broken Shore sags under the burden of a few too many narrative complications....But this is a hazard of the genre, and Temple ranks among its very best practitioners. (Grade: B+)"
"Review" by , "The Broken Shore offers both poetry and gore, and it's best if you have a taste for both."
"Review" by , "Along with giving us mournful scenes of civilization's slow encroachment on an idyllic countryside, Temple offers some provocative and painful views of Australia's inner landscape."
"Review" by , "Temple's novel racked up the awards in Australia, and it's easy to see why: this deeply intelligent thriller starts slowly, builds inexorably, and ends unforgettably."
"Review" by , "Australia's finest crime writer."
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the Colin Roderick Award as well as Australia's major prize for crime fiction, Peter Temple has written a transfixing and moving novel about a place, a family, politics and power, and the need to live decently in a world where so much is rotten.
"Synopsis" by , Joe Cashin was different once. He moved easily then. He was surer and less thoughtful. But there are consequences when you've come so close to dying. For Cashin, they included a posting away from the world of Homicide to the quiet place on the coast where he grew up. Now all he has to do is play the country cop and walk the dogs. And sometimes think about how he was before.

Then prominent local Charles Bourgoyne is beaten and left for dead. Everything seems to point to three boys from the nearby Aboriginal community; everyone seems to want it to. But Cashin is unconvinced. And as tragedy unfolds relentlessly into tragedy, he finds himself holding onto something that might be better let go.

"Synopsis" by ,

Winner of the CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award

 

A Booklist Best Crime Novel of the Year

 

Shaken by a recent scrape with death, big-city detective Joe Cashin is posted to a quiet town in on the Australian coast. But soon the whole community is thrown into unrest by the murder of a local philanthropist, a man with some very disturbing secrets. The Broken Shore is a brilliantly intricate crime procedural, and a moving novel about a place, a family, politics, and power.

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