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The Broken Shore by Peter Temple
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Feb 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: mysteries-thrillers, literary

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 his recovery to work on the case, then forced back on leave when three young aboriginal suspects end up dead due to a brutally botched plan to take them into custody. This book explores race in a way that I never would have expected from a crime procedural. Almost reminds me of Raymond Chandler, but with better writing and a more interesting setting. Peter Temple, I'll be back for more.
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