Synopses & Reviews
Anne Carson: fifteen, beautiful, wayward. Abducted.
The rich Carsons have closed ranks and summoned Frank Calder, subject to strict instructions. This is not the first kidnapping in the Carson family and hard lessons have been learned.
But are the two events connected? And is greed the motivation? Revenge? Or could it be something else? To find out, Frank Calder must go beyond his brief.
And his every step into the darkness may end a girl's life.
Peter Temple is Australia's most awarded crime writer. Text Publishing will release his full backlistfrom the Jack Irish Thrillers to An Iron Rose and Shooting Starin North America by early 2014.
"Australian ex-cop Frank Calder, now a self-described mediator, has his hands full in this hard-hitting standalone from Ned Kelly Award winner Temple (Truth). At the invitation of Pat Carson, 'patriarch of the Carson dynasty,' Calder visits the family compound outside Melbourne, where he meets Pat and his two sons, Barry and Tom. Tom's 15-year-old granddaughter, Anne, has been kidnapped, and the family wants Calder to deliver the $1 million ransom. Despite reservations, Calder agrees, and is sucked into a situation dealing with not only the demands of the kidnappers but the dysfunctional Carsons, whose history includes the earlier kidnapping of Barry's then-11-year-old granddaughter, Alice. Calder has to wonder 'what sort of curse lay on this family... that their children were stolen from them, that those they touched they marked with crosses of ash.' Calder handles the rough and tumble, as well as the pampered and the spoiled, in this gritty, well-executed tale of greed and vengeance. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
'No summary or catalogue of details will do it justice. Read it for the writing and for where it says this sort of novel is today.'
'If you have not read a Temple thriller, you dont know what you are missing.'
'A tough, contemporary crime novel that takes the reader down some very mean Australian streets
A terrific read by one of Australias best crime novelists.'
'Temples dialogue is crisp and the narrative at times poetic
a tense unputdownable thriller with full-throated characters and dynamite plot.'
'Peter Temple is, quite simply, the finest crime writer we have and Shooting Star reminds us why and how he has set a standard internationally that few come near. His Chandler-like ability to capture the dark corners of our sunniest places is as good as it gets. Temple weaves past and present beautifully
a terrific and powerful read.'
'As always, Temple is a master of the complex plot and his characters leap from the page fully realised in a taut, action-packed thriller.'
Shooting Star is a cold, hard, classic crime novel, winner of the 1999 Ned Kelly Award for crime fiction.
About the Author
Peter Temple has worked extensively as a journalist and editor for newspapers and magazines in several countries. He has won five Ned Kelly Awards for his novels, and won the worlds most prestigious crimewriting prize, the Duncan Lawrie Dagger. In 2010 he was awarded Australias greatest writing prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award. His books are published in more than twenty countries.