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The Broken Shore

The Broken Shore

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by Peter Temple

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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

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The Broken Shore 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
AtoZNY More than 1 year ago
This is one of those rare books where you can't wait to turn the next page to continue the story, but you don't want it to finish! Definitely NOT the Australia of "Mad Max" but plenty robust and mucho anyway. If you don't like crude language, this isn't for you but the language is very much in keeping with the characters. Joe Cashen and Dave Rebb are excellently drawn characters and you DO care what happens to them! Definite recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From a slow start, the novel builds to a shocking ending that leaves you dismayed by the evil that exists and the willingness by many in authority to cover it up. The main characters are thoroughly believable, showing both human faults and honor in their actions and relationships. Rural Australia is not so different from other parts of the world where similar crimes take place, and where there is a convenient scapegoat community to blame for everything that goes wrong.
MDTuck More than 1 year ago
Neither shocking nor very surprising, this may be typical of western Australia, but I tired of the four letter words and lassitude of the characters. Having read a number of Australian books, history and fiction, I would recommend others above this particular one.
BeeTN More than 1 year ago
Another book that was recommended by NPR's "Under the Radar" librarian. The author is Australian as are the setting and characters. I started listening to this on disk and had to go out at 7 p.m. on a Saturday night to find a paper copy. I finished reading it early the next morning. Tight writing, spare prose, lots of cuss words and Australian idioms (there is a glossary at the back.) The plot twists, turns, appears to run almost dry then surges forth again. I read this book twice just to catch all the nuances and plot lines but it was a fantastic read the first time. I would love to see more stories about Det. Mick Cashin but this one is a terrific page-turner. I seldom give 5 stars to anything -- this one definitely rates.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Former Victoria Police Detective Joe Cashin almost died during a homicide investigation. As he physically heals, he mentally is no longer the confident sleuth he had been. He quits the metropolis force and returns home to be a rural cop in South Australia.----------------- His quiet job reverts back to his previous work when local millionaire Charles Bourgoyne is beaten to death. The evidence points towards three Aboriginal teen males who were pawning the elderly victim¿s watch. However, the cops end up killing two of the boys. To Joe¿s shock, the department says case closed on the three deaths. Unable to let it go Joe investigates unofficially only to be buried in the slime of child pornography and sexual abuse.------------------ THE BROKEN SHORE uses a relatively easily solved murder to provide readers with a deep look at social class in Australia. The story line is filled with plausible twists and turns as Joe cannot back off from learning the truth about the Bourgoyne murder, the official homicide investigation, and the inquiry into the sue of force. Police procedural fans will want to read this strong mystery that brings to life rural Australia.------------ Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the style of writting. The plot explored the depths of crimes and the nature of the many who perpetrate them. Nothing is as 'simple' as it may appear.
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BlairDT More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Temple that I have read but it was so well written that I am excited to read more. A gritty, realistic, understated crime novel set in the stark, unforgiving, southern coastal towns of Australia. Temple writes an interesting and plausible story that keeps you interested while posing more questions than answers to the very end.It's refreshing to read a crime novel that isn't over the top and ridiculous. I would absolutely recommend this book.
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insurance More than 1 year ago
Good look into Ozzie life. If you haven't read Temple---start!
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huckfinn37 More than 1 year ago
The Broken Shore is a gripping mystery because it is both poetic and thrilling. There are many characters; however, the plot isn't ruined because of it. The reader learns about rural Australia and Australian slang. I would read another book by Peter Temple in a heartbeat. I can't wait to visit Australia.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book appealed to me because of the way the author explain the country side, the weather. The slang of the people of Australia 'those were explained at the end of the book' It was almost like being there. Of course the suspense was good as it should be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have read in a long, long, time (and I read a lot).