Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Gunshot Road (Emily Tempest, #2)” as Want to Read:
Gunshot Road (Emily Tempest, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Gunshot Road (Emily Tempest #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  192 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Emily Tempest is appointed an aboriginal community police officer for the Moonlight Downs station. Investigating the possible murder of an elderly geologist, she encounters Danny, an emotionally fragile Stonehouse mob teenager who is traumatized by the image of "poison flowing green". The terrain of Australia, a Japanese rock garden painter, a rash of unexplained illnesses ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Soho Crime (first published January 1st 2010)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Gunshot Road, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Gunshot Road

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 367)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details

Bluebush’s latest Aboriginal Community Police Officer was Emily Tempest – no one could believe what she had decided to do. Emily bucked at authority; flaunted the law and spoke her mind – all the time. How on earth was she going to stay on the right side of the law as well as keep the peace? But her first day on the job found her disagreeing with her new boss – in her mind he was arrogant and had no idea about the community and how it all worked out in the bush. Newly arrived from Queensland
Aug 28, 2011 David rated it it was amazing
As I began my journey along Gunshot Road, I have to admit that I was more than a little dubious. The main character of the novel, Emily Tempest is a young female Aboriginal woman. The author, Adrian Hyland is a middle-aged, white Australian male - but boy did he nail the characterisation!

And what a fantastic character Emily Tempest is. She has been persuaded by the Police Superintendent of the small outback Australian town, Bluebush to become the Aboriginal Community Police Officer. Emily and h
Nov 26, 2015 Sandi rated it it was amazing
Set in the Australian outback and featuring a half-Aboriginal, half-white young woman who has been newly appointed to the post of Aboriginal Community police officer, this book's main highlights were the great characters and fascinating setting. The plot was perhaps a bit convoluted but the suspense factor was very high and I hope there will be further adventures at some point.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Having devoured Diamond Dove in a few hours I took a days break to finish another book before diving into Gunshot Road.
Emily Tempest has been recruited at a liason for the police force, an attempt perhaps to keep her impulsiveness in check, but it's not long before she is in the middle of another murder. The cops, especially the buy-the-book Acting Seargent, are happy to treat it as an open and shut case yet Emily's personal connection to the suspect and victim won't let her accept the easy ans
Rob Kitchin
May 14, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it it was amazing
Diamond Dove, Adrian Hyland’s first Emily Tempest novel, was one of my books of 2009. It was with great anticipation then that I waited for Gunshot Road. The novel lived up to my expectations. In Emily Tempest, Hyland has created a wonderfully engaging character; half-aboriginal, half-white, she oscillates between two worlds. Quick witted, head-strong, caring and obstinate, she ploughs her own unique path through life. In fact, the whole book is populated with well penned characters that have de ...more
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jul 31, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, australia
This is a story of many things, of murder, of hate, of greed and of violence all told over the haunting music of the outback, deep in the heart of Australia. It begins when Emily Tempest of a Young Man’s Time ceremony where she is joining with the women of the group in their song.
'You could imagine those great song cycles rolling across country, taking their shape from what they encountered scraps of language, minerals and dreams, a hawk’s flight, a feather’s fall, the flash of a meteorite.'

Jun 15, 2010 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GUNSHOT ROAD is the second Emily Tempest novel from Australian author Adrian Hyland. Set in the outback of Australia, GUNSHOT ROAD has one of those magnificently authentic Australian voices that you just know comes from an author who knows his place, and his characters very very well.

Emily Tempest is a tricky woman. She's one of those mouthy, stubborn, opinionated women who will do what she believes is right, no matter who or what says no. She's going to stick to her case, she's going to support
Nov 15, 2011 Rusty rated it really liked it
I truly enjoy books that educate as well as entertain. This one was one of them as the mystery demonstrates how two different cultures interact - sometimes well and other times poorly. Emily Tempest is hired as Aboriginal Community Police officer to aid the local police in dealing with her people and the whites who dominate the environment. The trouble is that Emily becomes deeply involved in the murder of a geologist for whom one of her people is arrested. She understands how to determine the t ...more
Jan 16, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimepieces
This is the third Australian crime novel I’ve read this year and probably my favourite. I read Adrian Hyland’s Diamond Dove when it first came out in 2007 and loved it but then promptly forgot about the author. A combination of taking part in the Australian Women Writers Challenge and therefore having Australian fiction on my radar and Maxine at Petrona hinting at the quality of Hyland’s latest book, the non fiction Kinglake-350 prompted me to read Gunshot Road, the second Emily Tempest mystery. ...more
Jan 14, 2012 Ms.pegasus rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes fiction in an unusual setting
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Myth and history will always lie dormant in the human subconscious. Perhaps this is the attraction of Adrian Hyland's mysteries, set in the backwater of Australia's Northern Territory. His first book, MOONLIGHT DOWNS, introduced us to Emily Tempest. Half aborigine, Emily grew up in the mining camps and out in the bush listening to the song cycles and absorbing the lore of the sacred clan sites. Smart and ambitious, she left, went to university, traveled, and then discovered her center belonged w ...more
First Sentence: I closed my eyes, felt the ragged harmonies flowing through my head.

Emily Tempest’s new career as an Aboriginal Community Police officer starts with a new, by-the-book boss and the murder of a scientist at the Green Swamp Well Roadhouse. Emily doesn’t believe the man arrested is guilty. She believes his death had more to do with his research and sets out to find the real killer.

I enjoyed “Gunshot Road”, but not as much as the first book. I kept feeling as though there was a book
Jul 02, 2011 Shomeret rated it it was amazing
Emily is extremely gutsy. At one point in the plot I thought she had been totally reckless, and was "too stupid to live". Then I saw how she survived the situation. So I decided that she isn't reckless. She takes extraordinary risks, but they are calculated risks because she knows that she can get out of those tight spots herself. She's an action hero who is both intelligent and intuitive.

I loved the aborigine cultural content especially the use of the Dreamtime. In the Dreamtime there is no pa
Mar 09, 2014 Bookmole rated it it was amazing
Emily Tempest keeps getting better. Life as an ACPO might just be what she needs, if she can keep from getting killed...

Murders, Mystery and Magic.

Again, the descriptions of the country and the people are stunning. This is not life through rose-coloured spectacles, this is raw and basic.

Highly recommended, but you have to have read Diamond Dove first.
Jan 16, 2014 Calzean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good crime series, although this book could be read by itself. Emily Tempest is a free thinking woman, with values, who is black and has to survive in a man's world. Hyland brings to the reader his love of geology, aboriginal culture and beliefs and his concern for the environment. Each chapter has a purpose and there is a reason for each scene.

The story starts with a murder and ends with a major environmental disaster. My only criticism is how Emily constantly escapes from situations
Mar 10, 2011 LeeAnne rated it really liked it
This is the second Emily Tempest mystery and it is better than the first, a winner of the Ned Kelly Award for best first novel in Australia. This installment finds Emily in uniform as Aboriginal Police Constable in Bluebush though true to form, she has a difficult time with rules and authority. The book centers on the murder of a ranting lunatic of a geologist in the bush who may not be as crazy as he acts, but I think the most interesting aspect of this novel is the author's unapologetic look a ...more
Dec 27, 2012 Philippa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent writing and great story: authentic Aboriginal perspectives, gritty outback setting, fast-paced with the high-wire tension needed for a crime/thriller, and a fantastic protagonist in Emily Tempest (by name and nature). It's a spirited read in both senses: the supernatural/spiritual element of the Dreaming is an essential layer, and the humour bubbles up like yeast to leaven what could otherwise be a too-heavy read.
This is the second I've read by Adrian Hyland and I'm eager to read more.
Jun 25, 2010 Sharonm rated it really liked it
This is the second of the Emily Tempest books, set in Australia's outback. Emily is an aboriginal police officer in this one, and she is not taken in by the policies and procedures of the police. This is a very convoluted story of land despoiled an people killed, with a bit of dreaming, folk ways, and supernatural woven in. The depiction of the extreme land and the extremities it drives the people to is very well done, and while some of the characters tend toward caricatures, the main characters ...more
The Crime Scene Scene
May 19, 2015 The Crime Scene Scene rated it really liked it
Gunshot Road is the second novel in the Emily Tempest series by author Adrian Hayland. A geologist investigation the theory of Snowball Earth is found murdered in his home. A suspect is ready to be charged but Emily doesn't think he is guilty and despite her boss sets out to investigate.

It is rare to find a novel that is simply unputdownable. This novel counts as one of the those.Read the full review here
Jan 17, 2016 Diane rated it really liked it
good story, altho I wish he would've had an glossary with some of the australian terminology.
Chris Tugwell
Jul 10, 2014 Chris Tugwell rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this. A great character and a fascinating look at a remote community.
Oct 09, 2011 Vanessa rated it liked it
Story of Emily Tempest, newly hired as an aboriginal policewoman, and the mystery of what really happened to an old geologist known to his friends as Doc. Blame falls on a man she feels is innocent, and in trying to unravel who really killed Doc, she finds herself in a whole heap of trouble. [return][return]Felt like it took forever to finish this one. I enjoyed the writing - I liked the character's voice and humor - but the story fell short for me. It was okay, but I didn't find it that compell ...more
Bruth George
too much violence; interesting look at aboriginal culture
Feb 02, 2016 Val rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: global-extra
A half-Aboriginal policewoman working as a community liaison officer uncovers the truth behind a murder, which turns out to be a lot more complicated than anyone first thought.
This is not a bad police drama / murder mystery, but what makes it much more interesting is the insight into current life for Australian Aborigines. Some are trying to resurrect their old traditions, others are living on the fringes of mainstream Australian society, very few have become part of that society. It is not a ha
Donna R
Jun 18, 2015 Donna R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily Tempest is my kinda sleuth.
Kasa Cotugno
This book is more than a ripping good yarn with an intriguing heroine and an engrossing mystery -- it is a window to life in rural Australia where with its uneasy commingling of cultures and histories and struggles over the mythic impotence of lands clashing with the modern world. As with Moonlight Downs, the debut novel of this series, there is rich storytelling and informative material, spun out with a sure hand and the skill of a fine writer. Highly recommended.
Jane Routley
A Hyland says that someone should be telling more of these stories of modern aboriginal life ad I say more power to him. Emily Tempest is an excellent character and this is a nice thght thriller. It does lapse into fantasy at the end. Hmm. My only beef with Hyland and its the same with most Australian detective writers is that we live in the most beautiful contry in the world and detective writers conentrate almost exclusively on the grunge.
May 23, 2010 Sharron rated it did not like it
I have spent time in the Northern Territory and think it is one of the most fascinating and complex places on earth. I was, therefore, really looking forward to reading this novel. But even that level of interest on my part was insufficient to get me past page 25. I couldn't even manage to follow Nancy Pearl's rule of thumb about when to quit a book. It was just that awful. What a shame Mr. Hyland can't write. So disappointing.
Sep 02, 2010 Michael rated it it was ok
Not sure why I didn't like this more.

It fixed many of the problems with the first book. The plot was less convoluted, the ending less out-of-the-blue. Emily Tempest is still a great character, and the conflict between Emily's two halves is still fascinating.

That said, I found this a bit boring. Maybe it rambled too long without moving anything forward. I was relieved when it ended.
Carolyn Rose
Jul 18, 2012 Carolyn Rose rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of books that take me there, and this one did it. I felt the heat, smelled the sweat, tasted the grit and dust, heard the songs and chants, saw the blistering expanse of sky. All of that made up for the fact that Emily became a punching bag and I sometimes lost sight of the murder that drives her down a dangerous path in a headlong rush that sometimes makes her her own worst enemy.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 12 13 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Hell to Pay
  • The Diggers Rest Hotel (Charlie Berlin, #1)
  • Vodka Doesn't Freeze (Detective Jill Jackson, #1)
  • Cold Justice (Detective Ella Marconi #3)
  • Prime Cut
  • Let The Dead Lie (Detective Emmanuel Cooper, #2)
  • Beams Falling
  • Skin and Bone
  • One Boy Missing
  • Something Fishy (Murray Whelan, #5)
  • Truth
  • Bereft
  • Death and the Running Patterer (Curious Murder Mystery #1)
  • Resurrection Bay
Adrian Hyland spent many years in the Northern Territory, living and working among indigenous people. He now teaches at LaTrobe University and lives in the north-east of Melbourne. His first novel, Diamond Dove won the 2007 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction.
More about Adrian Hyland...

Other Books in the Series

Emily Tempest (2 books)
  • Moonlight Downs (Emily Tempest, #1)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »