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Truth by Peter Temple
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Jun 27, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: cross-cultural, mystery, australian, dysfunctional-family

I was almost finished with this novel when I learned that Peter Temple received the 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award, a pinnacle of Australia's literary honors. This crime novel is an unusual choice, and perhaps one that will cause readers to consider that some crime writing might be "literature."
Temple writes a taut, suspenseful novel with characters you know better with each chapter. I recommend first reading Temple's The Broken Shore to better understand Inspector Stephen Villani's burdens of family and career baggage.
Descriptions and dialogue are often so well-written that I read several passages to my husband. The glossary explains Aussie terms like "dunny: (lavatory)--though most terms are understandable in context.

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