The Broken Shore (Broken Shore #1)
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Joe Cashin is a homicide detective who's recuperating from physical and emotional trauma in the small town of ...more
There are a lot of reviews on this site expressing frustration with The Broken Shore for its dialectical idiosyncrasies. I won't take this opportunity to express my frustration at the way in which shit rolls downhill, obliging Australian readers to maintain a familiarity with British and American dialects, but rendering Australian dialects "unreadable" to our northern cousins. I won't mention that gripe at all.
What I ...more
Temple, Peter – Standalone
Quercus, 2006- UK Hardcover
*** Detective Joe Cashin is recovering from his injuries at his hometown in South Eastern Australia. He is there to run a one-man police station and is rebuilding the wreck of a home begun by his grandfather. A brutal attack on a local man is quickly blamed on a three young men from the Aboriginal community. When the plan to arrest and question one of the young men goes deathly wrong, Ca ...more
Joe Cashin is a police officer who goes home to police in small town coastal Victoria. He's recovering physically and psychologically from a stake or gone wrong during his time with Homicide in Melbourne. Of course he now h ...more
Joe Cashin is the senior policeman in Port Monro, ostensibly on indeterminate loan from the largest nearby city, Cromarty, minding the shop while recovering from the psychological and physical e ...more
But, really...do people really talk like that? A lot of what I read were just broken sentences, without proper grammar. I found it very distracting.
Basically, it is a detective story, where a homicide detective, Cashin, who is on sick leave in his home town, becomes involved in the investigation of the murder of a prominent local citizen. He has doubts about the guilt of the first "who dunnits" - three boys from the local Aboriginal community - and sets out to uncov ...more
I liked the story a lot. I liked the characters, most of them, but some of them were just shells. Body but no substance. I can't tell if this is because there were/are going to be more books and I am going to get to know more about them later, or they were just there for the moment and I need to not let ...more
I am not a fan of literary prose – any style of writing that gets in the way of following the story doesn’t rock my boat. Temple’s prose is so in tune with the main ch ...more
There are plenty of twis ...more
Finished reading: January 26th 2013
The mystery/thriller genre is one of my favorites, so I'm always on the lookout for new books belonging to the genre. When I saw a copy of The Broken Shore on the hostel shelves, I knew I had to pick it up. The promise of a proper crime story set in the middle of Australia convinced me straight away, and I think the setting is what I ended up liking most of this novel by Peter Temple. I like it when local knowledge shows in a story, although I ...more
The most annoying was the writing style, the voice. I'm not talking about the actual dialogue here, this is about all the other bits of writing. Which were terribly fragmented, incomplete sentences all over the place. I know this is a stylistic choice, but it just didn't work for me. I kept w ...more
Joe Cashin is a wounded homicide detective. While he recovers from injuries incurred during a botched stake-out in Melbourne, he’s been sent run the small police station in his home town of Port Monro on the Victorian coast. It all seems a far cry from Melbourne: a typical day in Port Munro might include a neighbourhood dispute over a tree, a vandalised park bench and a woman with a black eye who wants her husband warned.
But the tempo q ...more
Joe Cashin has had bad experiences in his Melbourne po ...more
Very evocative of Victoria and the seedy side of Australia that never makes Neighbours, Home and Away et al.
Cashin, the flawed hero, is suffering from an injury and has been invalided out to a country town to run a 2 man police station there. It's his home town where he grew up. A big city homicide cop in a small town, trying to find his way back to his life after a near death experience.
This book is more about Cashin, because ...more
Peter Temple, the author of eight previous mystery novels and a five-time winner of the Ned Kelly Award, Australia's most prestigious prize for crime fiction, is a literary sensation in the Southern Hemisphere. The Broken Shore lives up to expectations with its vivid characters, meticulously plotted story lines, nimble prose, and striking sense of place. Often compared to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, Joe Cashin
I found it a l ...more
SETTING: Port Monro, Australia
Detective Joe Cashin is unlike any homicide detective you've ever met before. Originally a big-city cop in Melbourne, he is now settled into a quiet coastal area in southern Australia, recovering from a vicious attack that has harmed him physically and preyed on him mentally. He is a good example of the loner Australian, living on the fringes - both literally and figuratively.
Cashin is now heading the small local ...more
When a wealthy, elderly ...more
Temple has been writing tightly-crafted crime novels since 1995, stunning critics, winning fans, and bagging four Ned Kelly Awards (more than any other writer) and a Vogel Award, among others.
I discovered him recently when I read his latest release, The Broken Shore (another recommendation from the ABC's First Tuesday Book Club), which coul ...more
Peter Temple is an Australian crime fiction writer.
Formerly a journalist and journalism lecturer, Temple turned to fiction writing in the 1990s. His Jack Irish novels (Bad Debts, Black Tide, Dead Point, and White Dog) are set in Melbourne, Australia, and feature an unusual ...more