The Dragon Man (Inspector Hal Challis Series #1)

The Dragon Man (Inspector Hal Challis Series #1)

by Garry Disher

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ISBN-13: 9781616954482
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/16/2014
Series: A Hal Challis Investigation Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 776,862
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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. 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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Dragon Man (Inspector Hal Challis Series #1) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the Peninsular just southeast of Melbourne, Australia, Detective Inspector Hal Challis and his police team believe a serial killer is on the loose though only two murder-rapes have occurred, but a third potential female victim is missing. The culprit taunts the cops with letters that to Hal¿s sorrow end up on the front page of the Progress, edited by his girlfriend Tessa Kane. Hal pleads with Tessa not to publish the correspondence that encourages the killer, frightens people, and enflames everyone, but she says it is legally correct so she does it.---- As the media attention to the Peninsular Highway Killer case widens, the investigation goes nowhere. However, the taunting killer with eyes seemingly everywhere turns the inquiries personal when he abducts Police Sergeant Destry¿s daughter as an apparent insult to Hal and his police squad.---- This engaging Australian police procedural is an interesting serial killer investigation due to the intriguing Hal, who must deal with a lot of pressure, some personal, during the case. Hal¿s wife, who tried to kill him seven years ago, calls him all the time from her sanitarium home and his dispute with his girlfriend on all the news that is fit to print adds internal tensionto the hero whose only escape is restoring of old airplanes. Though the sidebars like his spouse¿s calls take away from the inquiries, they add depth to the hero so that readers know what haunts him as he plays a deadly game of chess with the Peninsular Highway Killer.---- Harriet Klausner
BookLoverCT More than 1 year ago
I am always looking for new (to me) series to start. I came across These Inspector Hal Challis stories set in southeast Australia. I love learning about the settings of books. Interesting that Inspector Challis has a wife in a prison for the criminally insane. Anxious to see how the series evolves.
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Held my interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Personally I didn't finish this book. It was set in New Zealand or Australia or somewhere, The book itself seemed like maybe it would be ok, but for me not only was I confused about where I was, the way new characters were brought into play lost me as far and what they had to do with anything and as far as the characters went themselves they really didn't have much "character" -- to put it simply the book just didn't come alive for me :(
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Of course harriet klausner has to come along and ruin another book with her overly excessive plot spoilers. Please bn, delete her posts so we do not have to have these books ruined by her.