Chain of Evidence (Inspector Hal Challis Series #4)

Chain of Evidence (Inspector Hal Challis Series #4)

by Garry Disher

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Inspector Hal Challis has been summoned to his boyhood home, Mawson’s Bluff in the Australian Outback, where his father is dying. There his past comes back to haunt him... and endanger his life. Meanwhile, a serial pedophile is on the loose on the Mornington Peninsula, and Sergeant Ellen Destry, who is left to head up the area’s Crime Investigation Unit, must find a little girl who was abducted from the fairgrounds at the annual Waterloo Show before it is too late.

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ISBN-13: 9781569476833
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/2007
Series: A Hal Challis Investigation , #4
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 201,632
File size: 620 KB

About 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. Chain of Evidence, won the Ned Kelly Award for best Australian crime novel. 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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Chain of Evidence (Inspector Hal Challis Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
jepeters333 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As Challis heads for an isolated outback town to visit his terminally ill father, Destry receives word that 10-year-old Katy Blasko never arrived home from school the day before. Tough and focused, Destry assumes command of a team of constables, but nagging performance anxiety requires she keep in contact with Challis, her mentor. As the team canvasses the streets searching for Katy - and too much precious time passes fruitlessly - they must assuage the growing fear that it may already be too late to find the girl alive and unharmed.
Scrabblenut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent police procedural set in Australia. Garry Disher has been compared to Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson, and based on this book, I agree. The characters are complex and the mystery is excellent. This is the 4th book in this series, and I plan to go back and read the others.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
#4 in the Hal Challis and Ellen Destry series. Hal Challis has returned to South Australia ¿ his father is dying- leaving D. S. Ellen Destry in charge of both his house and Mornington Peninsular East¿s Crime Investigation Unit. And suddenly now in Waterloo a 10 year old girl is missing, feared abducted. Katie Blasko went missing after school but her parents did not realize it until the next morning. Filling Challis¿ shoes is not going to be easy ¿ Destry¿s colleagues expect her to fail. But Ellen is in constant contact with Hal, both her friend and her mentor. At Mawson¿s Bluff in South Australia, Challis is not only helping to look after his father, but trying to find out what has happened to his missing brother-in-law. A satisfying read.
teaperson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fine addition to this detective series, coupling sharp description of Australian culture with a procedural that moves in interesting directions. The main mystery was much more compelling than the side plot about the usual star detective, who was off at his home in the bush.
infosleuth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Garry Disher has given us two fascinating protagonists to follow in this excellent series. DI Hal Challis, still coming to terms with the fact that his wife tried to murder him and was imprisoned for it, goes home to South Australia to wrestle with other family ghosts. He leaves behind his DS, Ellen Destry, to manage the unsettling case of a missing child in an eerie atmosphere of menace, both inside the station and without, as she struggles to keep control in his absence. Impossible to put this down until the last full stop! Very deserving of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Novel.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In Australia Police Inspector Hal Challis returns home to Mawson's Bluff in the Australian Outback, as his father is dying. Sergeant Ellen Destry takes over running the Peninsula East's Crime Investigation Unit in Waterloo, Queensland temporarily. At the annual Waterloo Show, ten years old Katie Blasko vanishes shockingly her mother waits twenty-four hours before reporting her missing to the cops, who know how critical the first few hours are in terms of retrieval. To her shock her superiors want her to close the case though she fears a pedophile ring may be operating in the peninsular. --- Meanwhile in Mawson¿s Bluff, a corpse is found inside a plastic bag lying on top of a coffin buried four years ago. Inside is Challis' odious brother-n-law who vanished at the same time the coffin was interred. Challis¿ sister Meg assumed he was alive as she hasbeen receiving junk mail that she thought came from him since he left her. He unofficially investigates. --- There are obviously two major subplots both are well written and could stand alone as investigative tales. However, rotating back and forth subtracts from the overall impact of each in spite two well written multilayered story lines that come across as rotating novellas. Still Gary Disher provides his audience with an engaging Australian police procedural as Challis is out of town conducting an unsanctioned private investigation re his family while Destry works a police procedural inquiry into a kidnapped child. Putting Destry in charge of dealing with media, the brass, and politicians refreshes this excellent series. --- Harriet Klausner