The Broken Shore: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Peter Temple is currently being hailed as the finest crime writer in Australia, but it won't be long before he is recognized as what he really is--one of the nation's finest writers, period. Born in South Africa, Temple is writing a dynamic kind of literary thriller that ultimately defies classification.

The Broken Shore, his eighth novel, revolves around big-city detective Joe Cashin. Shaken by a scrape with death, he's posted away from the Homicide Squad to the quiet town on ...

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Overview

Peter Temple is currently being hailed as the finest crime writer in Australia, but it won't be long before he is recognized as what he really is--one of the nation's finest writers, period. Born in South Africa, Temple is writing a dynamic kind of literary thriller that ultimately defies classification.

The Broken Shore, his eighth novel, revolves around big-city detective Joe Cashin. Shaken by a scrape with death, he's posted away from the Homicide Squad to the quiet town on the South Australian coast where he grew up. Carrying physical scars and more than a little guilt, he spends his time playing the country cop, walking his dogs, and thinking about how it all was before. But when a prominent local is attacked in his own home and left for dead, Cashin is thrust into what becomes a murder investigation. The evidence points to three boys from the nearby aboriginal community--everyone seems to want to blame them. Cashin is unconvinced, and soon begins to see the outlines of something far more terrible than a burglary gone wrong.

Winner of the Colin Roderick Award for Australian writing as well as Australia's major prize for crime fiction, the Ned Kelly Award, The Broken Shore is a transfixing and moving novel about a place, a family, politics and power, and the need to live decently in a world where so much is rotten.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466806740
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 271,832
  • File size: 436 KB

Meet the Author

Peter Temple is the author of eight crime novels, five of which have won the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction. He has worked as a journalist and editor for newspapers and magazines in several countries. He lives in Victoria, Australia.


Peter Temple is the author of many crime novels including Truth and The Broken Shore. Five of his novels have won the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction. He has worked as a journalist and editor for newspapers and magazines in several countries. He lives in Victoria, Australia.
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  • Posted July 12, 2010

    Top-notch from start to finish

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2010

    Australian Police Procedural with a Punch

    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.

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  • Posted May 1, 2010

    More for the male reader!

    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.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    A maze within a puzzle

    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.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A strong mystery that brings to life rural Australia

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    A smart read.

    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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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    This is the first book by Temple that I have read but it was so

    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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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Highly recommended

    Good look into Ozzie life. If you haven't read Temple---start!

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    Say G'day to The Broken Shore

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    Fine read entertaining, descriptions superb.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

    Wow, what a book!

    One of the best books I have read in a long, long, time (and I read a lot).

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