Under the Cold Bright Lights (Hardcover)

By Garry Disher

Soho Crime, 9781641290579, 312pp.

Publication Date: July 2, 2019

List Price: 26.95*
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A cold-case investigator will stop at nothing to find justice in this gripping standalone by Australian crime legend Garry Disher.

The young detectives think Alan Auhl is washed up, but that doesn’t faze him. He does things his own way—and gets results.

He still lives with his ex-wife, offand on, in a big house full of random boarders and hard-luck stories. And he’s still a cop, even though he retired from Homicide some years ago.

He works cold cases now. Like the death of John Elphick—his daughters are still convinced he was murdered; the coroner is not so sure. Or the skeleton that’s just been found under a concrete slab. Or the doctor who killed two wives and a girlfriend, and left no evidence at all.

Auhl will stick with these cases until justice is done. One way or another.

About the Author

Garry Disher has published over fifty books in a range of genres, including crime, children’s books, and Australian history. His Hal Challis and Wyatt crime series are also published by Soho Crime. He lives on the Mornington Peninsula, southeast of Melbourne

Praise For Under the Cold Bright Lights

Praise for Under the Cold Bright Lights

"Beautifully written . . . the focus on such crimes as child abuse and religious scamming serves to show how justice is rarely gotten through institutional means."
—Publishers Weekly

Praise for Garry Disher

Winner of the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Crime Writers Association

“Top-notch . . . Trust me, mate: Readers will want to make a return visit to Disher’s Australia.”
—The Christian Science Monitor
“Terrific plot, nuanced characters and solid procedures, served up on a refreshing new turf.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Colorful . . . Disher has literary talent and imagination.”
—Chicago Tribune
"Disher has drawn both a vivid and visceral picture of a backblocks bush town, its inhabitants ground down by the stresses of isolation, hard work and irregular, relentlessly shrinking incomes . . . The story pulls no punches."
—The Guardian

"Outstanding . . . The spare, economical prose perfectly suits this tale of mad love and crimes gone wrong, which will remind many of Westlake's better Parker novels."
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review