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Before It Breaks

(Dan Clement and Snowy Lane #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  398 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Winner of the 2016 Australian Crime Writers Association Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction.

Detective Inspector Daniel Clement is back in Broome, the tropical town where he grew up, licking his wounds from a busted marriage and struggling to be impressed by his new team of small-town, inexperienced cops. But stagnation and lethargy soon give way to a case with urgent purpose.
Paperback, 1st, 344 pages
Published June 1st 2015 by Fremantle Press
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May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes the world is very kind to a dedicated fan of Australian Crime fiction, particularly when two new books from authors that we've not heard from for a very long time arrive. Peter Doyle and Dave Warner each played their part, many years ago, in engaging an interest in our own stories and voices.

The release of BEFORE IT BREAKS caused excitement and slight trepidation. Slight trepidation because Warner's earlier Andrew "Lizard" Zirk series (Murder in the Groove, Murder in the Frame and Murd
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Clement is a beat down West Australian cop who has ended up in Broome, wifeless, childless and with a sick Mum. Things go downhill for him from there...

A serial killer has arrived in Broome and he starts with a small time local weed dealer, takes out a hard core bikie and then kidnaps a local resident with a 'colourful past'. Clement spends most of the novel clueless though Warner nicely helps us as the reader put the pieces together long before Clement does.

There is another character in the boo
Gun detective Dan Clement leaves his career in Perth behind and moves to the remote coastal town of Broome to be near his daughter and his estranged wife, with whom he hopes to reconcile one day. Being used to the facilities and high-level personnel of the city, Dan tends to think of his colleagues as hicks and the local police department as pretty sub-standard.

When a local German immigrant is found murdered in a nearby waterhole, Dan is forced to manage a homicide investigation using the meagre
It's a procedural police story - lot's of procedures in the beginning as the police try to find a motive/suspect/lead. There is a blindingly obvious clue at the murder scene which they ignore.
There is a lot about Detective Dan, a brilliant homicide cop, who returns to Broome to follow his divorced wife so he can be close to his daughter. The police are all nice characters.
The murders are brutal, the depiction of Broome as an idyllic location is shattered, there is plenty of heat, flies, remotene
Ann Tonks
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I ummed and aahed about what rating to give this. On the one hand, it's got all the standard elements of a police procedural that I'm beginning to get bored of - the good cop who isn't entirely at home in the force, whose marriage is on the rocks, how loves his kid etc etc. But on the other hand, the landscape and weather of north west Australia are their own characters and add to the richness of the story telling as do the scenes set in Germany. So in the end, I decided that I did enjoy reading ...more
Pam Tickner
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the setting of WA outback - you could feel the heat and flies! Similar feel as The Dry, small country town (Broome) where everyone knows each other and the protagonist returns home after training as a policeman in the city and has to find his way again. Interesting story line but not the page turner that keeps you reading into the night.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hot, parched and gritty. Broome, Australia. Good but troubled detective. Large cast of characters but not overwhelming. Shifting times and perspectives. Multi-layered plot strands well woven. Will read more from this author.
Samantha Gunning
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book via Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I received a paperback copy.
Dylan Goddard
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, an enjoyable read. Some good characterisation, red herrings and plot twists, and just enough clues sprinkled throughout.

My only real grievance is minor but being a Broome resident was one of the reasons I bought this book and I found it to be annoying that it was set here. Little things like needing to go to Derby for the Hospital despite having a bigger hospital in Broome, them looking out for a ‘white SUV’ despite the fact that 90% of the cars in Broome are white four wheel drives, an
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-as-ebook
Another great Australian crime novel, set around Broome in the north-west of Western Australia. The environment enhances the terrific level of tension that the author builds into a story that follows the investigation into a murder at a remote campsite. The investigation uncovers international connections and some surprises with the locals. It carries a good number of twists and red herrings to make the story engaging and sophisticated. I enjoyed the way in which the author interwove the charact ...more
May 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: australian, mystery
Always enjoy reading crime stories set in Australia, this one in outback Broome. For the location, I was expecting a much stronger Aboriginal presence in the story, but refreshing to see other stories and angles.

For once, the blurb on the back doesn't give away too much of the plot, so the resolution of the crime was satisfying. Plenty of scope for a series featuring Detective Dan.

The first few pages had a lot of very long paragraphs, which were quite hard to read for some reason - maybe the com
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This Australian murder/mystery is set in Broome, with a cyclone looming along the coast. There's an interesting character, a detective who followed his estranged wife and child North; this is all part of the fabric of him fitting in with his colleagues, and of being accepted again by the townspeople. It is the backdrop against which he must solve a murder and in order to solve the murder he must first solve the victim's past. A well thought out plot with a character i'd like to see more of. ...more
Jeff Patchett
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How good it is to read stories set in Australia. A well thought out and executed story. The author offers some excellent incites into aging and relationships.
An enjoyable way to spend a few hours reading. the ending was a little predictable and locating the final body a little unbelievable in the country surrounding Broome.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detectives
I enjoyed this book, but jeez, life in smalltown Australia seems so bleak. Thought some of the northern European detective books were all about sad lives, but they've got nothing on this or the Hal Challis series. Not sure if this will be a series; if so, will read the other books. ...more
Robyn Gibson
A detective comes back to Broome, his home town to be near his daughter. He thinks he's downgraded his job going to such an outback town. A man has been found murdered in a waterhole. They search for crocodiles but found none, so it must be a murder. A really good story set in Australia. ...more
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warner Ripx Out A Good'un.

Well constructed murder mystery with good backgrounding and. characterisations. He writes well.
Dave Warner has the happy knack of writing good, popular fiction.

Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent detective/crime fiction set in Broome Western Australia. Started last night and cannot put this book down.
Billie Raven
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good police procedural.. I got a little lost at the end but will read more of Warner
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great sense of place - Broome in Western Australia - enhanced by a fast paced plot that included abduction, murder and an impending cyclone.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After returning from a holiday in Broome, I wanted to read a novel set in the Kimberley. This crime novel did not disappoint. I loved it.
Philip Hunt
Sweating in the tropical humidity of Broome, Western Australia, detective Dan Clement needs to lead his rural team in solving a rare murder. The plot is linear and logical. We stay within the confines of Clement's mind as clues come and go. Most go. The reader knows almost nothing more than Clement as the mystery unfolds and deepens. We follow Clement's reasoning and the writer, Dave Warner, makes sure we don't lose the thread through the neat device of the regular meetings Clement has with his ...more
Deanne Blom
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Good Australian crime story, character development could use work as there was many names mentioned but not very much connection to the reader. Nice to read an Australian landscape described in such vivid detail. An enjoyable read but was slightly drawn out in descriptions and details. More twists earlier may have helped this.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Captures the heart of life in rural Western Australia, with a story layered over different times and places. The characters were rich in their detail, delving in to their story to give a glimpse of their motivations. Fast moving read, full of mystery and smatterings of action.
Michelle Prak
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bloody ripper of a traditional thriller, set in Broome. Clement is a realistic main character, the German cop backstory was intriguing and I appreciated the big cast of supporting cops and forensic team. Well done to Fremantle Press for bringing this to fruition. Oh and to Dave Warner 😎
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read this straight after the latest Robert Galbraith, Strike, Book and the style of writing is a bit disappointing by comparison. On the other hand Warner certainly does know how to put together a good crime novel. So enjoyed
Sarah Brade
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
John Cooke
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book gallops along at a riveting pace, just like the cyclone bearing down on the small town of Broome and a murder case that seems uncrackable. A great read.
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read from Dave Warner
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cracking read. So much better written than the first one.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting well-developed main character, vividly described outback setting and a good police procedural.
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Dave Warner is the author of nine novels, including the winner of the 1996 WA Premier’s Award for Fiction, City of Light, and six other non-fiction titles, Dave Warner originally gained national recognition as a musician-songwriter in the late 1970s. In 1973 he formed Australia’s first punk band, Pus, playing early versions of tracks such as Suburban Boy and Hot Crotch which he was later to record ...more

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