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The Broken Shore

(Broken Shore #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  5,032 ratings  ·  635 reviews
Broken by his last case, homicide detective Joe Cashin has fled the city and returned to his hometown to run its one-man police station while his wounds heal and the nightmares fade. He lives a quiet life with his two dogs in the tumbledown wreck his family home has become. It's a peaceful existence - ideal for the rehabilitating man. But his recovery is rudely interrupted ...more
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published August 1st 2005)
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Tauseef Hassan Just finished it. An engaging read. So Australian, I felt like I was reading a foreign language.…moreJust finished it. An engaging read. So Australian, I felt like I was reading a foreign language. (less)

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Nancy Oakes
When I finished this novel I realized two things: first, that I'd just read something outstanding and second, that (as it says on the dustjacket blurb), Peter Temple is a "master writer." This has to be one of the best and most beautifully-written crime fiction novels I've ever read, and I can't wait to get back to his next novel, Truth, which I've only just started and am already loving.

Joe Cashin is a homicide detective who's recuperating from physical and emotional trauma in the small town of
Kristian Olesen
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Challenge: review "The Broken Shore" without mentioning how "Australian" it is.

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
Jun 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a good crime thriller, and this is better than your average good. I know I have a connection & I know, I know many of the locations mentioned in the book & that his lead character Joe Cashin - in 'The Broken Shore' has two huge black poodles & every morning Mon - Fri they scare the absolute crap out of my Son & I on our morning walk to school (they have built in stealth (the neighbour & I have discussed) & never hit you at the same point of the fence line). So yes ...more
A BROKEN SHORE (Police Procedural-Australia-Cont) Poor
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,
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wonder if a Peter Temple addiction awaits me.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, noir, dark, cheeky
This was a dark and twisting noir with an impish heart that I thoroughly enjoyed despite the lingering questions it left me with.

We meet Joe Cashin, a taciturn, damaged cop "on leave" in the suburbs from the wilds of Melbourne after a dubious stake out left a fellow officer dead. He's going through the motions of rebuilding his families crumbling estate, a project that seems doomed to fail. His only company are two standard poodles (possibly the weirdest pair of pets I've ever encountered in a
Mar 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was very disappointed in this book. I realize Peter Temple is an award-winning Australian crime writer, but the writing style was not for me. I found the characters and the storyline hard to connect with, and the book failed to interest me. The narrative seemed disjointed and slow paced with choppy sentences. Most troublesome was the frequent use of Australian slang and jargon, making conversations difficult to follow. I lived in Australia for 3 years and have visited several times since, but ...more
Peter Temple is a master. Picked this up based on Books To Die For and loved it. Plus, the detective has standard poodles that act like mine. (Meaning they act like real dogs.)
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow. A very fine book indeed. With a nice tight prose style, this mystery transcends the genre with the quality of its writing, well drawn characters, and nuanced exploration of racial issues. Main character and homicide cop Joe Cashin returns to his economically depressed home town in Southern Australia to recuperate from a car accident that resulted in a dead partner, an escaped suspect, and chronic crippling back pain for Joe. A wealthy man is murdered in his home, and Joe is forced out of ...more
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: literature
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This is a very dark book and I initially struggled both because of some of the confronting racist language and because some of the issues cut very close to the bone. It's both an excellent crime novel and a beautifully written literary piece but can happily be read as either.

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
I wish I had picked this book up earlier. For no other reason than that it completely and utterly immersed you into the setting of the book. I could imagine Joe Cashin's property perfectly. The lining of gums and scrub along the creek. The coast along the Great Ocean Road, some of the wildest and most beautiful I have ever seen. The invoking of the crazy autumn weather that can be calm and sunny one day, and then gale force winds and horizontal rain the next. Sometimes within the same day. For ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
I had to read this book for university, otherwise I would have been very willing to take up the Independent reviewer's dare to read page one and not finish it. There were several issues I had with this book.

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
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, mystery
"The Broken Shore" takes place in and around the small town of Port Monro, on Australia's southern coast. It's a threadbare place, populated by fulltime residents resentfully serving the wealthy, who come for the beach during the warm months, but leave as the Antarctic winds signal the arrival of winter.

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
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, fiction, audio
Australia shows up strongly in these pages, in the characters, in the vernacular. Detective Joe Cachin has seen a bit too much, but still has room in his heart for bad kids wrongly charged. When he pursues an open-and-shut case he uncovers horrors a small town has hidden a lifetime. Several lifetimes, it turns out.

The clipped style of short sentences and scraps of thought work well here with a busy, distracted man allowing the case to build itself. Things seen and heard out of context begin to
Nov 28, 2007 rated it did not like it
Ugh, this book was just plain bad...I had to stop. I tried, I really, really tried. The sentences were cut off half the time and I had a really hard time comprehending anything in it...I got about 100 pages in and the plot was moving along too slowly, so combined together, I gave up on the whole thing. I have NEVER, ever done that before.

But, people really talk like that? A lot of what I read were just broken sentences, without proper grammar. I found it very distracting.
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I am stymied about what I want to say about this book. I only gave it three stars, and maybe it should be four, but when I compare it to my other four star books, I can't make myself bump it up.

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
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, crime, detective
I love a book with short chapters and lots of dialogue so Peter Temple has definitely done us both a favour with The Broken Shore. His protagonist Cashin, a Melbourne homicide detective, is living and working in a rural town that still holds firm to a racial divide and clings tightly to a cops and robbers mentality. After the death of a long-standing social figure, the town is thrown into a chaotic and bloody aftermath with convalescing Cashin seemingly at the helm.

There are plenty of twists
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The Broken Shore was an immersive and often brutal book to read. It is a mystery in the hard-boiled tradition which takes place in Australia. Our detective is Joe Cashin, who used to work homicide in Melbourne but for reasons which come out later in the story has been re-assigned to a post in a small coastal town.

When a rich local is found near death after an attack in his country home, Joe is first on the scene. Eventually, the case is given over to the slightly larger police force of another
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Jun 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery friends
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: Cam
This book was recommended to me by one of my GR friends (thanks Cam) and it was well worth it. It is the story of an Australian police man who has been re-assigned to what is supposed to be a sleepy backwater where he grew up so that he can recuperate from injuries. Instead, he becomes involved in a murder in the area. The novel has what all good cop mysteries have, interesting characters, plot twists, a little romance, political undertones, and a great story line. AND if you are like me (not ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
Setting: Victoria, Australia; present day. This is the first in a crime series featuring jaded police detective Joe Cashin. Cashin is based in a small coastal town, a bit of a backwater and with not much going on, although he seems to be resigned to his lot and trying to come to terms with what he sees as his culpability in a colleague's death and a serious injury to himself at the hands of a criminal - more is revealed on this as the book proceeds. I loved the descriptions of this seedy side of ...more
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I don't know how I have been unaware of Peter Temple until now. This is one of the most engaging works of modern Australian fiction of any genre that I have read for a long time.
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
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Peter Temple is South African born but Australian claimed, and for good reason. His crime fiction is gritty and real. His treatment of crime, policing and socio / racial issues in the Victorian coastal countryside rang so true I decided then and there Temple must be the best author ever. Add in his writing style and I am enamoured.

I am not a fan of literary prose any style of writing that gets in the way of following the story doesnt rock my boat. Temples prose is so in tune with the main
Feb 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I pick up the occasional murder mystery for light reading but The Broken Shore provides a lot more. Yeah, this Aussie detective novel has some of the usual conventions: a physically and emotionally scarred cop, questions about the obviously guilty and innocent, a craphole for a setting. What is different and impressive is that little happens in the way of excitement for the first 2/3 of the book and yet I was still very intrigued by Joe Cashin and his community. After the murder in the initial ...more
Matthew Eisenberg
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Broken Shore is a very deliberate read for the first 200 pages---at times it seems that nothing particularly important or relevant to the story has occurred in a long while. But that is an inaccurate impression, because author Peter Temple uses those pages to patiently and exactingly establish the setting, the characters, and lay the foundation for a complex and masterfully woven murder mystery. The last 130 pages fly relentlessly forward, and greatly reward the reader who paid attention to ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sad to come late to Peter Temples writing but nice to know that he left a legacy in his writing. A great Australian crime novel capturing the colloquialisms of speech and character in an entirely recognisable Australia. ...more
Mary Arkless
I really enjoyed Temple's writing style. He has such a wonderful way of describing little things, without it detracting from the larger story. I like in particular how he described the main character's dogs whenever he took them out for a walk. It was like I was there in a moving picture that he was painting. But the dog walks are just one example. Most of these "little things" don't contribute to figuring out whodunit, but they do raise the storytelling to a higher level. I don't have the book ...more
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
Finished reading: January 26th 2013
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Blaine DeSantis
3.5* for this book. After listening to Nancy Pearl rave about this book on her podcast I decided to give this book a try. There is no doubt that Peter Temple is a good writer, but this book was hard for me to follow with few people having full names, action jumping all over the place and a plot that for some reason was very easy for me to figure out. While this is a very good book I cannot for the life of me figure out why Pearl slobbers over this. It was a slog for the first third of the book ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cashin walked around the hill, into the wind from the sea.

Joe Cashin is a wounded homicide detective. While he recovers from injuries incurred during a botched stake-out in Melbourne, hes 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
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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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