Praise for Garry Disher:
"[A] first-rate Australian author."-The New York Times Book Review
"While many readers want their thrillers with gouts of gore and endless gunplay, for me, a writer like Disher-old-fashioned in the best sense of the term-is the most satisfying. The humanity that his officers bring to the story, their interactions, their doggedness and determination, are the real reasons to give his series a try."-The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Delightful. . . . BUY IT!"-New York Magazine
"Engrossing. Disher builds his books carefully, creating inexorable tension. . . . Reads you can't put down."-St. Petersburg Times
"Disher has a slick, fast style that's delightfully free of filler and extraneous plotlines. Once the hook is set, he just lets the story pull you along."-Globe & Mail (Toronto)
"[Disher] has packed this police procedural with the kind of detail that enthralls fans of the genre and with deftly sketched characters."-Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
"Disher creates the kind of complex, edgy, principled yet flawed characters it's a pleasure to worry about."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Challis and his team investigate the brutal beating of the chaplain of a prestigious school and the murder of the woman in charge of punishing local land use violations. But will Hal Challis and Ellen Destry's new romantic relationship interfere with their work?
Garry Disher is the author of over forty books for adults and children. The previous mystery in the Inspector Hal Challis series, Chain of Evidence, won the Ned Kelly Award for best Australian crime novel.
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About the Author
Garry Disher is the author of over forty books for adults and children. His crime fiction includes numerous anthology stories and the Wyatt novels, including Kickback, winner of the 2000 German Crime Fiction Critics Prize. The first in his Detective Inspector Challis murder mystery series, The Dragon Man, won the German Crime Fiction Critics Prize in 2001. Chain of Evidence won Australia's Ned Kelly Award.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The setting for these stories is the township of Hastings, situated on the Mornington Penisula in the state of Victoria located south-east of the state capital, Melbourne. It is semi rural with many wineries and orchards as well cattle and some sheep and other farm animals. It is not located in Queensland as a couple of reviews mention. As it contains some great surfing areas, there is a large surfer population wlth the resultant some what free spirited culture. This is mixed in with an emerging affluent influence along with rural ties and the "bogan" ( white trash) culture. Inspector Chalis, the central character in this series, is a intelligent complex person, with a strong sense of decency. The stories are well constructered, believable and realistic. The crimes are feasible and solved with hard work and intelligence and not wrapped up in a neat bow after all the protaganits have been blow apart by massive gun battles. Disher invokes a particular Australian feel to the stories capturing an "Aussie" ambience with out being jingoistic. A very enjoyable read, reminded me of both Ian Rankin and Patricia Cornwell.
It really helps to read the novels in order as there is tremendous caharcter development
In Waterloo, Queensland, Australia, someone attacked Lachlan Roe, chaplain to the exclusive Landseer private school. The victim was left in a coma and has connections to the highest levels of government. Detective Inspector Hal Challis knows that political ties mean interference to expedite results at all costs to the investigation he will lead with the help of his lover, Sergeant Ellen Destry and the rest of the team. Political big shot Ollie Hindmarsh has already made a TV appearance. Lachlan's brother Dirk manages to compromise the crime scene to Challis' consternation. Adding to the already visible assault case is two incidents. One of Challis' team Scobie Sutton who breached official policy when he allowed Dirk into his sibling's home, has received hate racist email at his police address. At a time when Challis considers benching Scobie, a murder of a public official enforcing land use rules during schoolie week adds workload pressure. The latest Challis Australian police procedural is a super investigative tale mostly because of the interaction of the Waterloo team. The story line is fast-paced with both cases engaging the reader from the onset. However, it is the byplay between the cops especially Hal and Ellen and Hal and Scobie who make this a fun read. Harriet Klausner