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(Paul Hirschhausen #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  610 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Constable Paul Hirschhausen runs a one-cop station in the dry farming country south of the Flinders Ranges. He's still new in town but the community work-welfare checks and working bees-is starting to pay off. Now Christmas is here and, apart from a grass fire, two boys stealing a ute and Brenda Flann entering the front bar of the pub without exiting her car, Hirsch's life ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Text Publishing (first published 2019)
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Constable Paul Hirschhausen had been in Tiverton for around twelve months; his demotion and banishment to the dry outback South Australian town part of history. With Christmas getting closer he hoped life would continue to be peaceful – for him and the townsfolk. But it wasn’t meant to be. Being the only cop meant he had to make executive decisions all the time, which he did when an unregistered ute was stolen and dumped. It was when he stumbled across an incident on Nan Washburn’s property that ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: australian, ebook, crime
Rural noir being the big thing at the moment, it's sad that many seem to have forgotten that there have been superbly talented authors like Garry Disher telling beautifully crafted, intelligent, and informed stories of the urban fringe, and the rural regions for many years. PEACE is the second book now to feature Constable Paul Hirschhausen, following on from BITTER WASH ROAD. As is always the way with a carefully crafted series like this, you can read PEACE first if you missed the earlier ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Everyone lied, every day – especially to the police. A one-off, outright lie, from someone unused to lying, could often be identified and disproved. Constant and habitual lying was harder to recognise, let alone challenge, because the liar no longer saw a distinction between a lie and the truth. They were all just words deployed in the interests of survival. In any case, most people lied some of the time, generally layering it with the truth to deflect blame, to sugar-coat their cowardice or ...more
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'Disher is the gold standard for rural noir.’
Chris Hammer

‘There is no peace for a good man when the mercury rises, tempers fray and violence simmers. This is a scorchingly good novel.’
Michael Robotham

‘Peace tells the story of a cop exiled to a wounded town in South Australia’s dry country. In this brilliant novel Disher takes his readers on a harrowing journey.’
Jock Serong

‘I loved Peace. It is an an uplifting book, an utterly compelling mystery with rare heart and humanity. If you enjoyed Jane
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aussie-author
I deliberately chose to read Peace as my last book of 2019 for a few reasons but notably because it’s set over the Christmas/New Year period in Australia, and because I thought the title was a positive message of sorts to end the year on.

However, I finished it a little later than I had hoped to get a review posted in a timely manner, so for the moment these comments are a placeholder of sorts.

In summary this is an excellent book, certainly on par with Chris Hammer’s Scrubland and Jane Harper’s
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A clear and shiny five star read. One of those books that pulls you back in like a magnet. Lovely slow burning and when with lots of beautifully rendered characters. This is small outback town Australia done so well! Loved Jane Harper's books and not discovered this guy, then like me you've been missing out. Yes, a bit of a gush from me but this book is just so very well written and good.

You meet the cop that every small town deserves, you meet the most incredibly annoying character I've met
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Listened to the audiobook of this. Had to read Bitter Wash Road - the first Hirsch novel - before Peace. Garry Disher in fine form, never a straight forward thriller
Cass Moriarty
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Garry Disher won the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award, he was described by the Australian Crime Writers Association as ‘a giant not only of crime fiction but of Australian letters’. With over 50 titles published across multiple genres, he is best known for his rural noir – gritty crime novels set in the Australian outback. His latest book Peace (Text 2019), a follow-up to his popular Bitter Wash Road, again features Constable Paul Hirshhausen, banished after a scandal to running a ...more
Alice in Wonderland
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
I received a copy of this book as an arc from the publisher. It’s a slow burn and starts very monotonous but keep persevering! It’s about a cop in a rural town in South Australia. I got Hopper vibes from stranger things. A little fed up but still a pretty capable guy. I loved monotony and low key crime it started with, which eventually built up to a bigger plot. The main character is likeable and doesn’t take him set too seriously and there are some funny moments. 10/10 would recommend this!
First Sentence: This close to Christmas, the mid-north sun had some heft to it, house bricks, roofing iron, asphalt and the red-dirt plains giving back all the heat of all the days.

It has been a year since Constable Paul Hirschhausen was branded a whistleblower and transferred to a rural territory covering hundreds of kilometers. Except for his lover Wendy, and her daughter, Katie, he still doesn't feel welcome in Tiverton. However, between Brenda Flann driving into the front of the local bar, a
Bronwyn Mcloughlin
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't help reflecting that Garry Disher really knows how to write an excellent crime story : it all fits, it flows, it is logical without being obvious, it is part of the scenery, it is woven in the fabric of its setting. Every clue is there, although Constable Hirsch gets to it ahead of the reader, but not imposed. It is 'organic' and grows out of the context so accurately drawn for the reader. Mind you, Tiverton seems to have more than its fair share of crime for such a small town, although ...more
This is the second book featuring the disgraced detective Paul Hirschausen, aka Hirsch. The first was the wonderful Bitter Wash Road, also known as Hell to Pay. Once again the writing is evocative and beautifully describes outback South Australia. Hirsch is gradually fitting into the small town where he was sent as punishment for reporting corruption. This is also a theme of this book. There are various nefarious crimes committed but ultimately justice is upheld, even if not always by the book. ...more
Donna McEachran
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Have read both the 'Hirsch' books in quick succession because they are great books. Certainly hope this isn't the last we read about Tiverton and Constable Hirsch!!
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
So apparently Peace is the long awaited follow up to Bitter Wash Road, arguably Garry Disher's more popular book. I did not know that when I started reading and I have not read Bitter Wash Road, Peace is actually my first Garry Disher.

People have been raving to me about Disher's work for years. I can totally see why people love it. Unlike recent successful Aus Crime authors like Chris Hammer and Jane Harper, Garry Disher takes the time to focus on place and circumstances. This novel was peppered
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Peace by Garry Disher

‘And then he saw Kip.

He was past the dog before he realised it and braked hard, sending road grit and choking dust over the poor mutt. He got out, crouched, offered his upturned palm. The kelpie halted, skin and bone, ribs and prick. Panting, deeply fatigued. A low growl in his throat-it seemed to break free before he bit it back as if ashamed.

‘Kip,’ Hirsch said. ‘Kippy. Here, boy.’

Life as a one man cop in a small town is tough for Paul Hirschhausen aka Hirsch. One year in
Gretchen Bernet-Ward
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hypnotic, laconic writing from Garry Disher. Another superb story featuring lone country Constable Paul Hirschhausen. In his 4WD police Toyota, Hirsch patrols hundreds of kilometres through a vast dusty landscape around the small town of Tiverton in South Australia. The plot weaves in and out of his long days on duty encountering misdemeanours ranging from wayward teenagers to rural theft and murder where nothing is as it seems.

The first killings are shocking (not telling who or what but it’s
Ron Brown
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I was teaching primary school I often read the two “Garys” to my classes, Garry Disher and Gary Crew. However, I lost touch with both these authors over the years. I occasionally saw one of their books on a library or bookshop shelf but during those years my interests lay elsewhere. When I read the reviews of “Peace” I decided to revisit his work.

There is a sizeable crew of Australian authors who write novels set in the hot dry Australian country. Many are crime fiction, some are literary
Bethan Hazell
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having read & loved Jane Harper’s ‘The Lost Man’ & ‘The Dry’ (both set in unrelenting Australian heat), I was worried ‘Peace’ wouldn’t live up to the Goodreads hype. First few chapters took some getting into, but then I was hooked. Tight story, good cast of characters. Only quibble is the author’s use of the word ‘snout’ to describe a horse’s muzzle ...more
chris stephens
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific Author

What a magic author you can nearly taste the atmosphere he describes .A worthy additional to many great Australian authors and our book club thought it was marvellous

Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great atmosphere, interesting characters, and very believable dialogue. The feeling of small-town decay, petty rivalries, boredom were so well conveyed.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: australian, crime
Interesting characters in this one. Another winner by Garry Disher
Jay Dwight
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Small town, rural crime fiction done really well here.

Constable Paul "Hirsch" Hirschhausen is on the outer within the force and has been in exile for around 12 months, banished to a one cop station in small town South Australia. It's heading into Christmas and with lots of small town incidents keeping Hirsch busy, there's an uptick in activity and a number of unusual events make Paul even busier.

A very readable tale that I found very hard to put down.
Pip Snort
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had never heard of Garry Disher until I stumbled across this novel and it turns out Jane Harper did not invent the Aussie bush crime novel. Disher is an Aussie, seventy years old and has published a book each year or so for more than 20 years, not all of them rural crime, but quite a few. Like Harper you can feel the breath of the bush and the dust of rural Australia in the warp and weft of the writing. Hirsch is an excellent protagonist and Tiverton is a worthy setting. Well written, engaging ...more
Wendy Bridges
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Always in safe hands with Garry Disher. A terrific tale.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There's a painting in every sentence. Gaze at the words, see the painting, feel the atmosphere, see the scene, feel the malaise or the danger or the risk or the undertone or the hunt or the cogs turning in thinking about the crime....if you are not familiar with the countryside you might feel you have been there if you haven't.
Best prose !
Best Story !
Best Characters !
Best Australian Crime Writer ! Hoping that Garry Disher would like to write Hirsch's further adventures, I'll be keen
Tim Armstrong
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yet another writer who is new to me. And again another book that is a sequel, and I haven’t read the first!
Mostly that didn’t matter, as Disher built a wonderful story that simply gathered pace the further you went!
Initially I was intrigued, but apprehensive, (not sure where it was all going to take me) but the further I went the more the tension was cranked up.
So I ended up rollicking through the last 150 pages in virtually one sitting!

It’s clever writing that is both commercially acceptable
Haylie Robb
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant Australian Crime Fiction

I have also written a review for Bitter Wash Road. Garry Disher is one of my favourite Australian authors. His Peninsula and Wyatt series are fantastic, and I am really loving this new series. I absolutely adore Hirsch and all the characters the author brings to life in this wonderful crime/ mystery. Having previously lived and travelled in Australia I found his description of the brutal beauty of the Australian outback / rural life spot on. Highly recommend
Cynthia May
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Disher captures the essence of the country north of Adelaide and the people who live there.
Especially appealing is the way the various strands of the plot weave together.
Disher's prose is sparse without losing effect. Making the reader work is always an enjoyable challenge!
"Peace" is the second book with protagonist Paul Hirschhausen but this book stands alone comfortably. He is a great character, flawed yet also morally sound, sparking resentment from his pedantic seniors.
Anne Fenn
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-fiction
This is very good. It‘s set in outback South Australia, with Constable Paul Hirsch doing a job covering a huge area of country around Tiverton. He’s an authentic character, his backstory was told in Bitterwash Road, I wish I’d read that first. The plot is excellent, from minor crimes big ones grow, involving quite a few dead bodies. The writer’s depiction of town life adds a lot of depth and interest. Best aspect is the language developing the landscape, it’s powerfully evocative of the heat, ...more
Joanna Young
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of his best

Gary Disher does not disappoint. Peace has a tightly controlled, credible plot. Characters are well developed, defined and believable. The geographical sense of place is almost akin to another character and evocative of the Australian bush.
A thoroughly riveting read, highly recommended.
Now I have to wait for more Hirsch yarns, along with the Bellarine peninsula stories.
I envy those who have not yet experienced Gary Disher, you're in for a fine time.
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Garry Disher was born in 1949 and grew up on his parents' farm in South Australia.

He gained post graduate degrees from Adelaide and Melbourne Universities. In 1978 he was awarded a creative writing fellowship to Stanford University, where he wrote his first short story collection. He travelled widely overseas, before returning to Australia, where he taught creative writing, finally becoming a full

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