The Broken Shore

The Broken Shore

By Peter Temple

Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312427863, 357pp.

Publication Date: May 27, 2008


Winner of the CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award

"A "Booklist "Best Crime Novel of the Year"

Shaken by a recent scrape with death, big-city detective Joe Cashin is posted to a quiet town in on the Australian coast. But soon the whole community is thrown into unrest by the murder of a local philanthropist, a man with some very disturbing secrets. "The Broken Shore" is a brilliantly intricate crime procedural, and a moving novel about a place, a family, politics, and power.

About the Author
Award-winning author Peter Temple has worked as a journalist, editor and teacher of journalism and editing. Identity Theory is his sixth novel. Peter Temple has won three Ned Kelly awards for crime fiction. His first crime novel, Bad Debts, won Best First Novel. In 2000 Peter Temple gained his second Ned Kelly Award when the critically acclaimed Shooting Star won Best Crime Novel, and he was joint-winner with Dead Point in 2001.

Praise For The Broken Shore

"Flinty, funny, subtle, and smart . . .Temple ranks among [the crime genre's] very best practitioners."--Entertainment Weekly


"Having read the new novels of Michael Connelly and Martin Cruz Smith, I have to say that Temple belongs in their company. . . . Murder, rape, suicide, child abuse, police brutality, shootouts--but always in the context of gorgeous writing . . . Throughout, Temple finds time to please us with flashes of writing that range from poetic to brutal."--The Washington Post


"A grim, brutally involving crime novel [from] a master of the genre . . . Temple develops a complex tale threaded with the racism and corruption so embedded in Australia's ways and means that the scene is as vivid as the crime. . . . A compulsive read . . . It's one of those books you can't wait to finish and then can only regret that it's ended."--Daily News (New York)


"The extra emphasis on character, as well as subtle commentary on race and class divides, add many welcome layers to Temple's already-outstanding acuity for plotting and pace and his almost musical ear for dialogue."--The Baltimore Sun


"A mature and measured account of the kind of crimes committed in the dead quiet of rural Australia . . . Temple offers some provocative and painful views of Australia's inner landscape."--The New York Times Book Review


"This deeply intelligent thriller starts slowly, builds inexorably, and ends unforgettably."--Booklist (starred review)


"[Temple] writes so beautifully."


"One of the year's best mysteries . . . Drop everything and read this book."--Rocky Mountain News