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Day's End by Garry Disher
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it was amazing
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‘One hopes,’ Dr Van Sant said, ‘but suffers misfortune—and so is desolate.’

Day’s End is the fourth book in Garry Disher’s stellar crime fiction series featuring South Australian police officer Paul Hirschhausen.

Driving back from a large station on the edge of his rural beat with the mother of a missing Austrian backpacker, Hirsch is diverted to a fire in a culvert where he discovers a body in a smouldering suitcase. He doesn’t recognise the man, but is relieved at least he bears no resemblance to the son of his passenger. Though Hirsch is curious about both cases, neither are his direct responsibility, and there’s plenty else to keep him busy. A new family in town is causing a few headaches; Kate is being cyber-bullied, though she’s refusing Hirsch’s help; a white supremacist group is recruiting local teens; and Hirsch is in trouble after losing his temper with an abusive anti-vaxxer.

Disher’s plotting is masterful as always, and in Day’s End, the crimes Hirsch investigates often overlap and connect in unexpected ways. Disher manages the multiple threads skilfully, connecting seemingly disparate people and events in a manner that feels credible. There’s plenty of well timed action that drives the story at a good pace but without sacrificing suspense, or emotion. The book’s final scenes in particular are very tense and exciting.

Set roughly in the present day, Disher incorporates current social issues into the story including the rent crisis, increased economic pressures, and the rise in hateful rhetoric and actions stimulated by the Covid pandemic. This helps to ground the story in time and place, and enhances its sense of authenticity.

After three years in Tiverton Hirsch is feeling more comfortable and confident, both professionally and personally. He is a methodical investigator who believes in the law but also understands the importance of community policing, and adapts easily to the differing demands of the job. Usually easygoing and even tempered, there are events in Day’s End that shake him (TW: infant death), and it will be interesting to see how that might play out in future instalments.

Like it’s predecessors, Bitter Wash Road, Peace and Consolation, Day’s End is a gripping read, and this brilliant series remains as one of my favourites.
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Reading Progress

October 3, 2022 – Shelved
October 3, 2022 – Shelved as: to-read
October 3, 2022 – Shelved as: arc-are
October 3, 2022 – Shelved as: aussie-author
October 3, 2022 – Shelved as: netgalley-reviews
October 30, 2022 – Shelved as: to-read
November 1, 2022 – Started Reading
November 1, 2022 – Finished Reading

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