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Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher
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it was amazing
bookshelves: australian, crime, literary

This was my first Garry Disher novel and it blew me away. His writing is sublime - so sparse, yet so evocative - and the mood he creates in the unforgiving mid-north South Australian setting is palpable.

I grew up not far from the (fictitiously named) landscapes, which no doubt helped me connect to the setting. The sights, sounds, smells and characters brought back a rush of memories for me and Disher uses phrases and descriptions I wish I'd written.

This is a dark thriller - perfectly paced and perfectly unsettling. I love Peter Temple's crime thrillers and Disher occupies the same space: gritty, tightly written stories that are unashamedly Australian and that unfold in their own time.

Whistle-blower cop Hirsch is a complex but likable character, caught between the legacy of his recent past and the murky threats and challenges of his new role as country cop. Add to that a sinister underbelly in the small country towns of his beat and a host of ambiguous characters and you get a slow boil page-turner that's impossible to put down.

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
February 15, 2014 – Finished Reading
February 20, 2014 – Shelved
February 20, 2014 – Shelved as: australian
February 20, 2014 – Shelved as: crime
February 20, 2014 – Shelved as: literary

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