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Truth (Broken Shore #2)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  1,813 Ratings  ·  226 Reviews
At the close of a long day, Inspector Stephen Villani stands in the bathroom of a luxury apartment high above the city. In the glass bath, a young woman lies dead, a panic button within reach.

So begins Truth, the sequel to Peter Temple’s bestselling masterpiece, The Broken Shore, winner of the Duncan Lawrie Dagger for Best Crime Novel.

Villani’s life is his work. It is his
287 pages
Published September 28th 2009 by Publishing Company (first published 2009)
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Update. I gave this to an English friend who read it at that hasty speed that means she couldn't put it down. One of the comments she made afterwoods was 'Is food really like that?' She was struck by how ordinary people seemed to have very sophisticated tastes. The answer is 'yes'. That's why I've been having so much trouble in the UK where food, not to put to fine a point upon it, sucks.

Same with coffee. I don't drink it, but judging by the impressions I get from my many world experienced frien
May 28, 2015 Tfitoby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-as-night, lit
Truth is one of those crime books written for the literature set, the people who couldn't possibly read a genre novel normally, and as such it can get away with being completely obvious and drawing on every cliche plot point it feels like. Of course there's an obligatory "happy" ending too to make them all feel real good about themselves for getting to the end of such a strong award winning deconstruction of what ails modern Australia.

Peter Temple is clearly a good writer, and Truth is a strong
Paula Weston
May 21, 2011 Paula Weston rated it it was amazing
There’s a very good reason critics have been falling over themselves to praise Peter Temple’s new novel, Truth: it’s sublime.

It’s not often I read the last page of a book, close the cover and use an expletive to express how good it was. (The colourful language was partially a flow on of the abundance of profanity in the book, and mostly the fact it really was the best way to describe how impressed I was).

Temple is a master at fusing literary and genre writing. Truth is a gritty page-turning crim
Stephen Villani is no angel. He is many things, but the most important thing to him is that he is the head of homicide in Melbourne, Australia.

This book is his story and who he is, where he came from, and how he got there. It is more, but that is the loooong and short of it. Lots of information about politics in Austraila, and within the police ranks. It is several murder mysteries all wrapped up together and around Villani and his police cronies, upper bosses, former cops, his family, his fathe
Inspector Stephen Villani stands in a luxury apartment, a young woman dead in the bath. He finds certainties of his life crumbling after the discovery of this murder. His four months as the acting head of the Victoria Police homicide squad have not gone well; first, two Aboriginal teenagers are shot dead and there is also no progress on the killing of a man in front of his daughter. A novel about murder, corruption, treachery and ultimately the Truth.

I didn’t realise this was the sequel to The B
Dec 18, 2013 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, australian
Ok, I know that I will be out of step with the majority of Peter Temple lovers, but I did find his latest novel a bit of a trial. Yes, it does do the grittiness of the Aussie crime/police scene very well, but do all Australians really talk so cryptically and use so few words? Would a few sentences with verbs, nouns a...nd other assorted bits of grammar really be too much to ask for? I'm sure that some of us actually do talk in full sentences when communicating with others. That said, Villani as ...more
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Nov 02, 2010 Lyn (Readinghearts) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like police procedurals
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: Cam
Have you ever liked a book but not been able to put your finger on exactly why you liked it? This was that book for me. About a year and a half ago, a friend of mine had told me about another book written by Peter Temple titled The Broken Shore. I read that book, and liked the characters and stories. At the time, she told me that this book was coming out and that it had some of the same characters in it. As a result, I have waited for this book to come out for a long time. Mr. Temple is an ...more
Rob Kitchin
Aug 06, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it
It took me a little while to get hooked into Truth. The story had a change in style from Temple’s previous novels somewhat similar to the transformation in James Ellroy’s work – the prose becoming starker, terser and sparser, yet still retaining its lyrical prose. For much of the first half of the book, the story is a succession of fragments, the reader dropped into scenes that lack backstory and context; it’s a bit like hearing a sequence of partial conversations between guarded protagonists ...more
Sep 12, 2012 Sunnie rated it it was amazing
DI Stephen Villani is head of homicide in Melbourne. He's called to a new up market apartment building where the naked body of a young woman who looks a lot like his daughter is found dead in a bathtub. There are a lot of powerful people with apartments in this building and there is a great deal of political pressure to have the death declared accidental.

TRUTH is the follow-up to Peter Temple's award winning THE BROKEN SHORE.

Reading a Peter Temple novel is a commitment. You have to concentrate.
Damon Isherwood
Apr 20, 2015 Damon Isherwood rated it really liked it
The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is that I could not always keep up with all the characters, and some of the dialogue is so terse that the plot can be hard to follow. They being said, I half suspect that these characteristics are intentional on Temple's behalf - they reflect the real world which is just as hard to follow (I should also confess that I am a bit of a lazy reader). Also not having it all dished up on a plate keeps you thinking about it after you have finished, and will ...more
Jul 27, 2010 Michael rated it liked it
I found out about this because it won an award. A literary award, not a crime award. Reading it, I could see why. The prose is stunning. The clipped sentences and punchy dialog convey clausterphobia, helplessness, and grime without the need of descriptive passages. Sentence for sentence, a real joy to read.

Overall, though, I couldn't keep track of the characters. My reaction to the big reveal was, "Who?" Maybe it was the Australian slang that I didn't understand, but I feel like I only got two-t
John Barth
Apr 10, 2011 John Barth rated it it was ok
Violent crimes, hard cops, Aussie slang mixed with a touch of Affliction and raging brush fires. At the same time it was really hard to care for the characters.
Stephen O'Sullivan
Dec 19, 2010 Stephen O'Sullivan rated it really liked it
The issue with genre fiction, whether sci-fi, which I am far more familiar with, or in this case detective fiction, is that these styles are best compared with one another. This is mostly because literary novels are, by definition, to be judged purely on the language and writing and characterisation. Genre fiction can also rest on a secondary purpose, whether mystery or technology or romance or whatever. In this way, genre fiction often relies on its own language, a language that is immediately ...more
Ben Winch
May 30, 2012 Ben Winch rated it liked it
Shelves: australian, pulp, anglo
Perplexing. Good, in many ways. Gripping. But 2 things bother me: the quality of the prose and the likeness of the setting. The prose? It's clumsy, all jagged edges and starkness, broken rules of grammar several-to-a-page masquerading as modernity. Unnecessary in such a straight-up crime novel, and it makes you wonder if the guy knows what he's doing or is just winging it. But worse than that, this is Melbourne?! This hotbed of crime, a place so dangerous that at one point the tough-guy ...more
May 27, 2012 Aleksander rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Readable policy procedural, but not without flaws. Truth is a sort of sequel to Broken Shore, sort of, the protagonist is not Cashin, but Villani a peripheral character in Broken Shore; the setting is not rural, but a gothic, intensely corrupt, crime-ridden Melbourne. So it's more of a story set in the same universe, albeit a different part of it, than a true sequel. Villani heads the homicide division in the Melbourne police. There are of course a couple of murders that need solving, a naked ...more
This book was suppose to be a sequel to The Broken Shore but I found it very disappointing. I was hoping to find some answers about Cashin but he only had a small cameo appearance in the book and the main character in Truth had a small bit part in The Broken Shore. So it isn't my idea of a sequel.

Now lets get onto the dissection of the the 'crime' part of the crime novel. Well, yes there is a gruesome crime that occurs but the book is more concerned about the main characters relationship with hi
Sep 11, 2011 Steve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, australia
I read this about a year ago and I still think about it. Structured as a classic police procedural, it moves quickly to narrate the inner life of the protaganist, Victoria's newly promoted chief Homicide Detective, a second-generation Italisn. He gets pulled into the broader and nastier political machinations of the Victorian government, undertanding that the whole edifice is corrupt, and he is a part of it.

This story is et in the context of Victoria's dreadfully destructive bushfires, where th
Ed O'farrell
Feb 19, 2012 Ed O'farrell rated it it was amazing
Peter Temple writes a better book than most folks in the genre. Why he is so little known in America is beyond me. His writing style is a blend of Robert B. Parker and John D. MacDonald. This is a great book. The characters are fully developed, the plot solid and the dialog the best I've read.
Inspector Stephen Villani is the head of Melbourne, Australia homicide. He is confronted with complex and bloody murders in this mystery cum police procedural.
The book features a cadre of Temple's signature
Mar 18, 2014 nicdavdi rated it it was amazing
What a superb story. I just read this at almost one sitting. This is a big beast of a book; not just a great crime story but a great story full stop. This book bears comparison with James Ellroy in the quality of the writing but also in it's examination of law and disorder. The dialogue is stunning; it crackles and sparks like the fires that are the backdrop to the story.The humour is cynical and often very very black, but it sounds authentically the dark humour of men whose daily task it is to ...more
Dec 05, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and can see why it won the Miles Franklin award. I didn't mind The Broken Shore but I thought this was a much better book. The staccato style was still there but the writing seemed to flow more. I loved the main character,Villani. He was essentially a good man but he wasn't perfect. His character was very realistic and, although at times his decisions were hard to take, he was an appealing character. At times he gave himself a very hard time. The story was gripping and ...more
Christine Bongers
Sep 02, 2014 Christine Bongers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aussie-adult
For those whose tastes run to the literary, the crime novel to die for is Peter Temple’s 'Truth'. Exposing the fictional underbelly of the Victorian police force with a wit is as dry as the crackle of eucalypt leaves in the moment before the fireball hits.

A stripped-down, elegant and elliptical story of hard men and violence on both sides of the law, where Truth is a lovely little grey who “won at her second start, won three from twelve, always game, never gave up. She sickened and died in hours
Jen Welch
Feb 02, 2016 Jen Welch rated it liked it
READ THIS BOOK AFTER BROKEN SHORE!!! Ok, I could have looked beyond Goodreads and Amazon to figure out the order in which to read two books, but alas, I didn't.
Loved it. Devoured it. Temple is so brilliant at great gritty crime novels. But as a stand alone book I was a bit lost with all the characters and to be honest I am not sure who the baddie was at the end. I am not sure that I can go through the first book and then need to read the second book all over again!
Oct 16, 2015 Palmreader rated it really liked it
These are incredible reads. But you need to take time to understand them. There are language issues, and I do think the author jumps around a lot. Hard to remember what or who is happening at any given time. The disintegration of the characters is not really well documented, but the intent is there, and the catastrophe is more heart-breaking than you might imagine. Easy to see why this author is among the best at the genre.
Jim Thornton
I can recommend this book if a) You are an Australian, b) If you are an Australian, c) If you are Australian. Otherwise give it a miss. Full of incomprehensible Aussie slang, unexplained locations, bizarre dialogue and odd ploy this is probably getting my 'Crap book of the year' award. Serves me right for buying it at an airport.
Jan 11, 2016 Mitchell rated it it was amazing
Somewhere along the way I picked up the notion that it’s okay for your personal life to be hopelessly, irredeemably fucked – divorced, alcoholic, sleeping in a flophouse – as long as you’re also a homicide detective. This is a theme that runs through so much great detective fiction, from The Wire to The Yiddish Policemen's Union, stretching all the way back to the great cop shows of the ‘60s and ‘70s – shows I couldn’t actually name but which have been satirised and parodied ever since. Sure, it ...more
Connor FitzGerald
Nov 02, 2016 Connor FitzGerald rated it really liked it
This was recommended to me by a good mate of mine so I knew it would be alright. It's set in Australia, it's got real characters and Temple just does a really good job of depicting the absolute imperfectness of each character which makes the whole thing much more tangible. Yes, it's a crime novel but like he does in The Broke Shore, Temple, amongst the grizzly backdrop of Melbourne's homicide division, weavs a tale about male grit, heartbreak and underlying senstivity that leaves you well ...more
Oct 19, 2016 Honeyeater rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, australian
Loved it. Love Peter Temple.

It's the second time I've read this book - this time on audio on a long, solo car trip.

A story of men. Men becoming men, the burden of responsibility, the failures. The pressure.
Dec 07, 2009 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TRUTH by Peter Temple is probably the most keenly anticipated novel in this house for many years. Let's get the verdict out of the way right up front so there's absolutely no doubt - it did not disappoint. Not in any way.

TRUTH has been "billed" as the follow up to the acclaimed THE BROKEN SHORE, but really that's not setting expectations for the book well - sure Joe Cashin makes a number of cameo appearances (by reference) as, for that matter, does Jack Irish, but TRUTH isn't a sequel in the str
Peter Anderson
Feb 04, 2016 Peter Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This is one of the best crime novels I have read for a very long time. I read The Broken Shore quite some time ago but recently saw (again) the Australian Broadcasting Commission's production of that novel. Next day I started reading Truth.

I could imagine that Peter Temple's story telling style might not please everybody but I really like the way that he intersperses the ongoing central storyline with flashbacks to the past. We met the books main character, Steve Villiani, briefly in The Broken
Aug 29, 2014 Bridget rated it it was amazing
A young girl is found naked and dead in one of Melbourne's newest, most secure residential buildings on top of a casino. The players are powerful, and nobody's talking. Three bodies are found tortured to death in a house in Oakleigh, there are no breaks in the case, or the the stifling Melbourne bushfire summer. For the head of homicide, it's a matter of keeping on.

The story:
Steve Villani lives in the shadow of the men who have gone before him. His father, Bob, remains stubbornly on his property
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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
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“Man near entrance is shot in the head at close range from behind. The other two, multiple stab wounds, genitals severed, other injuries. Also head and pubic hair ignited, shot, muzzle in mouth. Three bullets recovered, 45 calibre."
Villani: “So you can’t rule out an accident?”
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