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Bitter Wash Road

Bitter Wash Road: The first book in the bestselling Australian crime series

Hirsch series

Garry Disher

  • awardShortlisted, Ned Kelly Awards, Best Crime Novel, 2014
  • awardWinner, German Crime Prize, International, Germany, 2016
  • ‘Shots fired on Bitter Wash Road…’

    Hirsch is a whistle-blower. Formerly a promising metropolitan officer, now hated and despised. Exiled to a one-cop station in South Australia’s wheatbelt. Threats. Pistol cartridge in the mailbox.

    So when he heads up Bitter Wash Road to investigate gunfire and finds himself cut off without backup, there are two possibilities. Either he’s found the fugitive killers thought to be in the area. Or his ‘backup’ is about to put a bullet in him.

    He’s wrong on both counts. But the events that unfold turn out to be a lot more sinister.


    New Zealand Herald interview
    Female First Q&A UK

    Garry Disher
    About the Author

    Garry Disher has published sixty titles across multiple genres. With a growing international reputation for his best-selling crime novels, he has won four German and three Australian awards for best crime novel of the year, and been longlisted twice for a British CWA Dagger award. In 2018 he received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award.

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    7 January 2020
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    Praise for Garry Disher
    andBitter Wash Road

    ‘Peter Temple and Garry Disher will be identified as the crime writers who redefined Australian crime fiction in terms of its form, content and style…'Disher’s eye for detail is acute and his poetic analogies precise…Bitter Wash Road continues the work of re-imagining the crime genre in a very Australian way, and does it beautifully.’

    ‘Exceptional crime fiction.’

    ‘Disher is definitely not to be missed.’

    Bitter Wash Road is superb.’

    ‘Smooth, assured mastery.’

    ‘Not a word is wasted: here the ancient, bare, distinctive landscape of the hardscrabble country bordering Goyder’s Line is conveyed with admirably atmospheric economy.’

    ‘A top-class writer.’

    ‘Disher turns out to be a superb chronicler of macho cop culture.' 

    ‘An absolute corker of a crime novel and puts him up there with the likes of Michael Connelly, Ian Rankin and John Harvey…This is a superbly well-plotted thriller, beautifully written—especially the descriptions of the harsh outback—and with an intriguing hero, an honest cop faced with dishonesty at every turn.' 

    ‘One of ­Australia’s best-written crime fictions to date.’

    ‘Fast-paced, funny, and believable.‘

    Other editions ofBitter Wash Road
    • Bitter Wash Road
      ISBN: 9781921961465
      23 October 2013
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