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"It had taken months for Janine McQuarrie to succumb to her husband's pressure to have sex with strangers at suburban spouse-swapping parties. But after attending a few such events on the Mornington Peninsula, this Australian social psychologist rebels. And then, driving with her young daughter one day, she gets out of her car to ask directions and is shot and killed. The child escapes." The case falls to Inspector Hal Challis of the Mornington Peninsula Police Force and his homicide squad. But the dead woman was Superintendent McQuarrie's
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"It had taken months for Janine McQuarrie to succumb to her husband's pressure to have sex with strangers at suburban spouse-swapping parties. But after attending a few such events on the Mornington Peninsula, this Australian social psychologist rebels. And then, driving with her young daughter one day, she gets out of her car to ask directions and is shot and killed. The child escapes." The case falls to Inspector Hal Challis of the Mornington Peninsula Police Force and his homicide squad. But the dead woman was Superintendent McQuarrie's daughter-in-law and the boss seems more interested in protecting his son than in finding her murderer. Challis and his squad have solved a lot of cases but this time the villain turns out to be someone they never would have suspected.
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Publishers Weekly
Fans of grim, uncompromising police procedurals will welcome Australian Disher's gritty, well-plotted third novel to feature Insp. Hal Challis (after 2005's Kittyhawk Down). A dedicated but haunted man, the Melbourne homicide detective is still recovering emotionally from his late wife's attempt to kill him. When Janine McQuarrie, a therapist who happens to be the daughter-in-law of Challis's police superintendent, is gunned down in front of her seven-year-old daughter, Challis and his longtime partner, Ellen Destry, get on the case. Their discovery that the victim had recently sent pictures from an orgy to some of its participants-including her own husband-leads to a number of suspects, including their boss. Soon, more bodies turn up, suggesting that McQuarrie may have been mistaken for someone else. A fully realized character, Challis is the fitting center of what will hopefully be a long series. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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With a lurid beginning, Disher's third Australian procedural (after Kittyhawk Down) grips the reader from page one. Inspector Challis is a likable, average guy who realizes he has the supervisor from hell when the boss's daughter-in-law is murdered. Superintendent McQuarrie belittles, threatens, and stops just short of interfering in the investigation. However, Challis remains true to his profession and to himself. Disher is masterly at character development, offering more than fleeting glimpses into the lives of police, criminals, and their families. Most fascinating are the "Australianisms": the goodie bags police give to courteous drivers, expressions like footy (football) and crims (criminals), and a befuddled, traffic-stopping koala. Despite too many coincidences, this book fascinates to the last page, when the tangled twists and turns finally unravel. An excellent addition to all mystery collections.-Susan G. Baird, Chicago Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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The search for the killer of a murdered psychologist is hampered by her secretive widower and her interfering father-in-law, a police department bigwig. Disenchanted by her husband Robert's recent passion for a swinging lifestyle, Janine McQuarrie hits the road with her young daughter Georgia. She's managed to take compromising photographs of many of Robert's partners, sent the photos anonymously to the subjects and is on her way to meet an unidentified lover. Someone shoots her en route. Detective Inspector Hal Challis (Kittyhawk Down, 2005, etc.), unaware of the aforementioned details, begins a methodical investigation. Traumatized Georgia is little help; Robert doesn't come clean about his sexual exploits; and his father, a detective superintendent, insists on being involved in the murder probe even though he and his wife never liked Janine, blinding him to his son's faults and his possible culpability. Several backstories involving members of Challis's team add texture to the main plot. Sergeant Ellen Destry's marriage continues its deterioration, edging her closer to a liaison with Challis, to the chagrin of his ladylove, tabloid editor Tessa Kane. In the midst of a public-relations assignment, partners John Tankard and Pam Murphy hit a snag when she accuses him of trying to grope her. A solid police procedural written with subtle intelligence, all the more interesting for its offbeat southern Australian setting.
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“Disher’s stories are tough-minded, character-rich, and strong on social conscience . . . For me, a writer like Disher—old-fashioned in the best sense of the term—is the most satisfying.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer

“[Disher’s] police procedural novels rival American notables for crisp plotting and strong emphasis on character.”
Baltimore Sun

“Full of surprises . . . [Disher] has packed this police procedural with the kind of detail that enthralls fans of the genre and with deftly sketched characters . . . the coolly contemporary and finely grained Snapshot lives up to the immediacy of its title.”
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597226011
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 9/19/2007
  • Series: Inspector Hal Challis Series , #3
  • Pages: 494
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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 Hal Challis and Wyatt crime series are also published in the US by Soho Crime. He lives on the Mornington Peninsula, southeast of Melbourne.

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