Kittyhawk Down (Inspector Hal Challis Series #2)

Kittyhawk Down (Inspector Hal Challis Series #2)

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by Garry Disher
     
 

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The once-peaceful beach resort of Bushrangers Bay, not far from Melbourne, is the site of multiple crimes that must be investigated by Homicide Squad Inspector Hal Challis of the Mornington Peninsula Police Force and his staff. A toddler is missing; an unidentified corpse has been fished from the sea; cars are being stolen and torched; letter boxes are being burned.

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The once-peaceful beach resort of Bushrangers Bay, not far from Melbourne, is the site of multiple crimes that must be investigated by Homicide Squad Inspector Hal Challis of the Mornington Peninsula Police Force and his staff. A toddler is missing; an unidentified corpse has been fished from the sea; cars are being stolen and torched; letter boxes are being burned. And then one of Challis’s own friends, Kitty Casement, who runs an aerial photography service and flies a Kittyhawk, is murdered. Figuring out the connections and identifying the criminals absorbs all the energy and intelligence of this cast of sympathetic but complicated policemen and women.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Australian author Disher's gripping second police procedural (after 2004's The Dragon Man), Melbourne homicide detective Hal Challis contends with the pressure of two unsolved murders and his inability to sever all ties with his wife, Angela, who years earlier was convicted of conspiring to have him killed by her lover and remains a suicidal prison inmate. Challis's current relationship with journalist Tessa Kane gets put on hold after his wandering eye fixes on Janet "Kitty" Casement, an aerial photographer. When someone threatens Kitty's life, Challis enlists his team to probe a maze of connections involving a loan shark and a letter-writing crank known as the Meddler. As the story neatly advances from the viewpoints of characters both major and minor, Disher artfully employs misdirection to conceal the identity of the criminal targeting the photographer. Even unsympathetic figures like the Meddler and a lecherous, reactionary police officer come across as three-dimensional. While Disher is not yet in the same league as a Peter Robinson or an Ian Rankin, fans of those authors will find much to like in this dark whodunit. Agent, Jenny Darling (Australia). (July 6) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A plethora of felonies and misdemeanors plague stolid Inspector Challis's district in southern Australia. The Peninsula is a "coastal comma" just southeast of Melbourne where DI Hal Challis is patiently fielding calls from his ex-wife Angela, jailed for attempting to kill him, while negotiating a tricky relationship with Tessa Kane, editor of the local tabloid. Workaholic Challis and his small force of constables have their hands full with a variety of cases. A washed-up and unidentified corpse Tessa has dubbed the "Flinders Floater" may be the work of an aspiring serial killer. Tessa also alerts Challis to a potential drug-trafficking operation. When Sgt. Ellen Destry and three other officers stake out the lovers' lane, they nail a dangerous rapist named Dwayne Venn who plans revenge. On the home front, Ellen begins an escalating war of words with her unfriendly neighbor Carl Lister, whose teenaged son Skip has become a drunken nuisance despite his friendship with Ellen's daughter Larrayne. Uniformed partners John Tankard and Pam Murphy investigate an alleged assault on a police officer who may be overreacting, only to see the case escalate. The Meddler, an inveterate letter writer, strains department resources even further. Death threats against intrepid aerial shutterbug Kitty Casement trigger inordinately personal attention from Challis; Tessa beware. Disher (The Dragon Man, 2004) overstuffs the plot but provides terrific characters and believable cases against a unique backdrop.
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Praise for Kittyhawk Down

“A police procedural . . . featuring a squad of interestingly flawed homicide cops . . . working multiple cases that feature multiple puzzles and a pool of incisively well-drawn murder suspects . . . First rate.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Gripping . . . As the story neatly advances from the viewpoints of characters both major and minor, Disher artfully employs misdirection . . . Fans of [Peter Robinson or Ian Rankin] will find much to like in this dark whodunit.”
Publishers Weekly

“Procedural fans looking for something a little different will devour this one . . . Enough dark overtones to elevate the series into the Ian Rankin league.”
—ALA Booklist

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569477137
Publisher:
Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2006
Series:
A Hal Challis Investigation , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
379,581
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Garry Disher is one of Australia's best-known novelists. He's published over forty books in a range of genres, including crime, children's books, and Australian history. His Wyatt crime series is also published in the US by Soho Crime. He lives on the Mornington Peninsula, southeast of Melbourne.



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Kittyhawk Down (Inspector Hal Challis Series #2) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Though it took him years, Melbourne Homicide Squad Inspector Hal Challis' believes he has moved past his former wife¿s efforts to have her lover kill him now that he is seeing newspaper editor Tessa Kane and making new friends. Still Angela keeps in contact using the threat of suicide as a blackmail ploy to get Hal to forgive her and to help get her out of her life imprisonment. Hal knows the suicide threat is real, but wants nothing to do with his ex spouse who still haunts him as he regularly visits her anyway........................ Hal meets Kitty Casement, an aerial photographer who he likes in spite of his seeing Tessa. Someone threatens Kitty¿s life so Hal assumes she took pictures that threaten the illegal activity of the culprit although this could be part of nasty letter writer the Meddler or her spouse Rex. While searching for a missing toddler and working the latest homicide, Hal and his team struggle to identify who succeeded in ultimately killing Kitty...................... Though the above paragraphs concentrate on Hal, this terrific Australian police procedural provides numerous perspectives especially that of other cops working the mundane like a teen party or the homicide. The story line is fast-paced, but the key is that all the cast seem genuine even those that could have easily slipped into stereotypes. KITTYHAWK DOWN is a fabulous tale due to the solid caseload and strong characterizations starting with Hal whose life is moving forward one day at a time............ Harriet Klausner