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The Broken Shore by Peter Temple
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Feb 19, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: mystery, police-procedurals
Read in February, 2012

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.
The hero of the story, Joe Cashin, is a big-city homicide cop assigned to recuperate in a back-water town after suffering an on-the-job injury. In this story he solves the murder of a prominent local citizean and along the way encounters various colorful characters. The reason for the murder is deftly developed and unfolds slowly.
The piece is a wonderful police procedural and a character-driven noir story at the same time. I was genuinely sorry to see the book end.
If you're a fan of mystery, noir or police procedurals, this book is highly recommended.

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