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Introduction by Les Carlyon
The classic thriller by the five-time winner of the Ned Kelly Award
The pain seemed to dissolve. Cold and rough tarmac against the face, chill wind down here at ground level, smell of French perfume on my shirt, delicious. I registered that but all I felt was sad. This is a stupid way to go, I thought. Careless.
When Mac Faraday’s best friend is found hanging, the assumption is suicide. But Mac is far from convinced, and he’s a man who knows not to accept things at face value.
A regular at the local pub, a mainstay of the footy team, Mac is living the quiet life of a country blacksmith—a life connected to a place, connected to its people.
But Mac carries a burden of fear and vigilance from his old life.
And as this past of secrets, corruption, abuse and murder begins to close in, he must turn to long-forgotten resources to hang on to everything he holds dear, including his own life.
‘A must for thriller seekers’
‘Fast, funny and assured.’
‘The coolest and most elegant of Australian crime writers.’
‘Temple is a phenomenon.’
‘Text Publishing is taking a second bite of the Australian literary cherry with its Australian Classics series – a reprint of 30 ‘‘forgotten’’ books. Sure, there are some pretty good ones in the selection but, because I am a Peter Temple tragic, none come better than An Iron Rose. In fact, if Temple had a crack at a scribble on the back of a supermarket docket, I’d read it. An Iron Rose has Temple’s usual grizzled police veteran as the central character, a despicable and mystifying crime and a support crew of goodies and baddies – although as in most of Temple’s novels many make the switch to the dark side by the end of the book. But don’t read it for the story line; read it for the language. Temple’s dry Australian vernacular and wit should be required reading for everyone above the age of 16. This edition is introduced by Les Carlyon, a better match for Temple’s writing I could not imagine.’