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Bad Debts (1996)

by Peter Temple

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Set in contemporary Melbourne and country Victoria I found this to be an enjoyable book as locations and events were easily identifiable. The character voices were brilliant - I'm sure I have met some of them during my life. The only downside for me, showing my age(!), was the language. While not excessive and in context, I felt some of the vernacular could have been omitted. ( )
  DCarlin | Jan 23, 2016 |
Not as good as some of his earlier books
  morsch | Jan 22, 2016 |
This novel is set in Melbourne. The hero, Jack Irish, is rather connected to colourful racing identities and a lot of shady people, so we see a bit of the underbelly of Melbourne society in the course of the story.
Jack is contacted by a former client, for whom he acted as a lawyer. He ignores the request and the man ends up dead, leaving Jack feeling guilty and inclined to look into the whys and wherefores of his client's problem.
The dialogue is funny. The story very "noir" and atmospheric.
Enjoyable read. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
A thriller that starts promisingly, wanders around too much in the middle as the private eye protagonist fails to notice some fairly obvious signs of just how much of a hornet's nest he has disturbed, and then picks up to a tense conclusion. Worth reading, especially for anyone who knows Melbourne - but could have been much stronger with a more tightly-written middle and a protagonist who kept his wits about him more consistently. ( )
  timjones | Apr 6, 2015 |
South African-born Australian Peter Temple's Melbourne-based crime novel features sometime lawyer and part-time debt collector and private investigator Jack Irish, and in this, the first in the Jack Irish series, he looks into the death of an ex-client who had turned up seeking his help. This novel involves murder, dodgy property dealings, and underage pornography, all with some high-level involvement, and it also contains sub-plots based around the horse racing industry and Jack's liking for furniture making. There is action aplenty, the plot is reasonably promising, intricate even, which I can like in a book, Jack is a humorous, even cynical character, whose racetrack associations and dealings one might consider bordering on dodgy. Unfortunately for me the racetrack aspect was one reason this book did not overly appeal to me, it is one sport I have little interest in and the emphasis given it in this book lessened my interest with every mention. Also (with due deference to my Australian friends), the preponderance of colloquial dialogue and slang I'm sorry to say had the same effect, I guess it is just overly strange to me, no fault of the writer, I'm just not used to it. I was also left with a 'couldn't care less' attitude insofar as the characters are concerned, they have no depth to them, Irish included. Oh dear. In saying all that, many opinions here and on Amazon differ to mine, so maybe you should read some of them also before deciding whether or not to read this book! ( )
  ebyrne41 | Jan 28, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 038566303X, Paperback)

Introducing Australia’s most acclaimed crime-thriller writer to North American audiences with his first two books in his award-winning Jack Irish series.

A phone message from ex-client Danny McKillop doesn’t ring any bells for Jack Irish. Life is hard enough without having to dredge up old problems: His beloved football team continues to lose, the odds on his latest plunge at the track seem far too long, and he’s still cooking for one. When Danny turns up dead, Jack is forced to take a walk back into the dark and dangerous past.

With suspenseful prose and black humor, Peter Temple builds an unforgettable character in Jack Irish and brings the reader on a journey that is as intelligent as it is exciting.

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"A phone message from ex-client Danny McKillop doesn't ring any bells for Jack Irish. Life is hard enough without having to dredge up old problems: His beloved football team continues to lose, the odds on his latest plunge at the track seem far too long, and he's still cooking for one. When Danny turns up dead, Jack is forced to take a walk back into the dark and dangerous past."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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