The Broken Shore (Paperback)

A Novel

By Peter Temple

Picador, 9780312427863, 368pp.

Publication Date: May 27, 2008

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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

Peter Temple (1946-2018) is the author of many crime novels including Truth and The Broken Shore. Five of his novels have won the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction. He was the first Australian author to win Britain's Gold Dagger Award for The Broken Shore. He worked as a journalist and editor for newspapers and magazines in several countries. He lived in Victoria, Australia.

Praise For The Broken Shore: A Novel

“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