The Broken Shore
Named by The Times as one of the top ten crime novels of the decade and winner of the Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie Dagger, the Ned Kelly Award, the Colin Roderick Award and the H.T. Priestly Medal, The Broken Shore is a masterpiece.
Joe Cashin was different once. He moved easily then; 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.
Then prominent local Charles Bourgoyne is bashed 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.
Peter Temple is the author of nine novels, including four books in the Jack Irish series. He has won the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction five times, and his widely acclaimed novels have been published in over twenty countries.
'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
'The best yet...The Broken Shore might just be a great Australian novel, irrespective of genre.' Age
'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
'it might well be the best crime novel published in this country.' Graeme Blundell, Weekend Australian
'The Broken Shore is one of those watershed books that makes you rethink your ideas about reading.' Kerryn Goldsworthy, Sydney Morning Herald
'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 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
'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
'It's a stone classic. Hard as nails and horrible, but read page one and I challenge you not to finish it.' Independent
'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
'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...is a crime novel that towers high above the rest of the genre...' Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
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Review: The Broken Shore (Broken Shore #1)User Review - David Schlosser - Goodreads
I'm stingy with 5-star reviews, and this is as close to a book receiving one as I've enjoyed in a long time. The writing in this book is so terrific that you'll ache wishing you'd written it. The ... Read full review
Review: The Broken Shore (Broken Shore #1)User Review - Kristian Olesen - Goodreads
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