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Bitter Wash Road

Bitter Wash Road

Garry Disher

  • awardShortlisted, Ned Kelly Awards, Best Crime Novel, 2014
  • When Hirsch heads up Bitter Wash Road to investigate the gunfire he finds himself cut off without back-up. A pair of thrill killers has been targeting isolated farmhouses on lonely backroads, but Hirsch’s first thought is that ‘back-up’ is nearby—and about to put a bullet in him.

    That’s because Hirsch is a whistleblower. Formerly a promising metropolitan officer, now demoted and exiled to a one-cop station in South Australia’s wheatbelt. Called a dog by his brother officers. Threats; pistol cartridge in the mailbox.

    But the shots on Bitter Wash Road don’t tally with Hirsch’s assumptions. The truth turns out to be a lot more mundane. And the events that unfold subsequently, a hell of a lot more sinister.


    Guardian review
    New Zealand Herald interview
    Female First Q&A UK

    Garry Disher
    About the Author

    Garry Disher has published almost fifty titles—fiction, children’s books, anthologies, textbooks, the Wyatt thrillers and the Mornington Peninsula mysteries. He has won numerous awards, including the German Crime Prize (twice) and two Ned Kelly Best Crime novel awards, for Chain of Evidence (2007) and Wyatt (2010). Garry lives on...

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    28 January 2015
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    Praise for Garry Disher
    andBitter Wash Road

    ‘Exceptional crime fiction.’

    ‘Disher is definitely not to be missed.’

    Bitter Wash Road is superb.’

    ‘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.’

    ‘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.’

    ‘Smooth, assured mastery.’

    ‘A top-class writer.’

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

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