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The Broken Shore by Peter Temple

The Broken Shore (2005)

by Peter Temple

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Temple aims higher than a page turner, but page turner it is. An Australian equivalent of the USA's grit noir. Has all the basic detective stuff: broken detective, political department pressures, racist low-lifers, poor devils, rich devils, developers taking over the place, pedophiles, and crazed killers. Did I miss anything. ( )
  kerns222 | May 25, 2018 |
Joe Cashin, a Melbourne detective, is working in his small home town while recuperating from a serious work injury. A wealthy landowner is fatally injured in his home and three young men from the nearby aboriginal settlement are accused. When the boys die under tragic circumstances doubt is cast over their guilt. Joe, with time on his hands does some digging and The details of the crime unravel. Good characters, well written, good plot, very enjoyable read. ( )
  TheWasp | Apr 20, 2018 |
Thoroughly enjoyed this one and hope there are a few more Inspector Cashin books. Set in New South Wales, Australia somewhere not too far from Melbourne (I confess I haven't looked up any town names to see if they are all fictional, I just assume that they are), it is pretty much the standard gloomy fella --Cashin messed up big-time in his last stake-out of a very violent criminal (who got away) and his young partner was killed and he was very badly injured. He's back "home", in Port Munro/Cromarty on leave from the Melbourne force, but not entirely on leave, he's filling in at the station in Port Munro as one of two station heads. Actually, my one complaint would be that I was a bit confused between the three locales of Cromarty/Port Munro/Melbourne, and the fact that Cashin was supposed to be on leave but wasn't really. . . A somewhat disgusting crime plot, not wildly plausible either, what works in this book, as tends to in this genre are Cashin's problems with his own impulsivity and stubborn independence and his personal life. His family was briefly wealthy after success in the gold fields and built a big handsome house (ballroom and all) and then his g-fa tried to blow it up . . . he's living in some ramshackle corner of it and has the daft notion of rebuilding. All this, the etting, his relationships with colleagues and the banter are what made it fun. ***1/2 ( )
  sibyx | Jun 9, 2016 |
Meet Joe Cashin - ex-homicide cop, now chief of the 4-members police station of Port Monro, Victoria. He had been injured as part of his previous career so now he is taking care of his dogs and the house that his grandfather once built - and almost destroyed. Until a very wealthy man dies and everyone seems to be happy to pin the murder on local boys.

On the surface the novel is a mystery - it revolves around a murder. But Temple uses the format to tell us a story about Australia - its people and its culture; its problems and its struggles. The boys that everyone wants to be the culprit are Aboriginal; so are a lot of people in the Daunt, the area at the edge of Cromarty (the bigger city closest to Port Monro) which is a ghetto in all but name. But Cashin is not convinced and start following the leads he finds and old mysteries start to get to the surface.

The mystery solution is almost cliched - it is a story we had read a lot of times. It is the setting and the world of Australia that makes the book different and unique. It is different from Temple's earlier Jack Irish books - while there the detective was the main character, here Victoria is the one that takes central stage - the setting is the book in more than one way. Combined with the storytelling abilities of the author, the book is engaging and one of the better mysteries I had read lately. ( )
  AnnieMod | May 30, 2016 |
Great writing, tight, richly evocative of Southern Australia in the language, the politics, the racial issues. There are only so many stories you can spin in this genre, so those that are particularly nicely written (like this one, or the Kate Atkinson Case History novels) help lift it above the crowd. And it's a bonus for the armchair travel view of a different culture. ( )
  TheBookJunky | Apr 22, 2016 |
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Herzog, Hans M.Übersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hosking, PeterNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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Shaken by a scrape with death, big-city detective Joe Cashin is posted away from the Homicide Squad to a quiet town on the South Australian coast where he grew up. Carrying physical scars and not a little guilt, he spends his time playing the country cop, walking his dogs, and thinking about how it all was before. When a prominent local is attacked and left for dead in his own home, Cashin is thrust into a murder investigation. The evidence points to three boys from the nearby Aboriginal community; whom everyone wants to blame. But Cashin is unconvinced, and soon begins to see the outlines of something far more terrible than a simple robbery gone wrong.--From publisher description.… (more)

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