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From the PublisherPraise for Hell to Pay
"Disher has drawn both a vivid and visceral picture of a backblocks bush town, its inhabitants ground down by the stresses of isolation, hard work and irregular, relentlessly shrinking incomes... The story pulls no punches."
“Exceptional crime fiction.”
“Garry Disher’s new novel is a rewarding mix of small-town policing and corruption, parish politics, vested interests and the closing of ranks against an outsider…fans of good crime fiction and Australian writing alike should enjoy it.”
—Australian Bookseller & Publisher
“Garry Disher has been giving us highly intelligent literary thrillers for decades and he gets better and better, even as he wins more prizes for his resonant, poetic novels. Along with Peter Temple, he is the master wordsmith of local crime fiction and, to paraphrase Frederick Barthelme, his seemingly simple words trick us into the drama, and the drama breaks our hearts.”
“Peter Temple and Garry Disher will be identified as the crime writers who redefined Australian crime fiction in terms of its form, content and style…'Disher’s eye for detail is acute and his poetic analogies precise…[Hell to Pay] continues the work of re-imagining the crime genre in a very Australian way, and does it beautifully.”
—Sydney Morning Herald
“[Hell to Pay] is superb.”
“Not a word is wasted: here the ancient, bare, distinctive landscape of the hardscrabble country bordering Goyder’s Line is conveyed with admirably atmospheric economy.”
"Turning the pages, readers can almost feel themselves squinting into the sun while wiping dust and sweat off the back of their necks.... Hirschhausen is a character I'll remember for a good long time."
“[Hell to Pay] is crime written in dry tense phrases. Garry Disher tells you everything and nothing making every page an intrigue and leaving you desperate to find out what the hell is going on.”
“[Hell to Pay] moves at a cracking pace and is a great read.”