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Day’s End

Day’s End: The fourth book in the bestselling Australian crime series

Hirsch series

Garry Disher

  • awardShortlisted, General Fiction Book of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards, 2023
  • awardLonglisted, Fiction, Booktopia Favourite Australian Book Award, 2022
  • Hirsch’s rural beat is wide. Daybreak to day’s end, dirt roads and dust. Every problem that besets small towns and isolated properties, from unlicensed driving to arson. In the time of the virus, Hirsch is seeing stresses heightened and social divisions cracking wide open. His own tolerance under strain; people getting close to the edge.

    Today he’s driving an international visitor around: Janne Van Sant, whose backpacker son went missing while the borders were closed. They’re checking out his last photo site, his last employer. A feeling that the stories don’t quite add up.

    Then a call comes in: a roadside fire. Nothing much—a suitcase soaked in diesel and set alight. But two noteworthy facts emerge. Janne knows more than Hirsch about forensic evidence. And the body in the suitcase is not her son’s.


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    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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    ‘Hirsch is one of my favourite characters. Day’s End is unmissable.’

    ‘Enjoyable and engaging, a book you don’t want to put down.’

    ‘[In Day’s End] the characters are depicted with nuance and emotion and even the minor players feel very fleshed out and real. Disher’s ear for dialogue is pitch perfect and his pacing and sustained tension make for a page-turning read.’

    ‘By setting his action in a small community, Disher is able to explore a number of disparate threads without anything feeling contrived or forced…Day’s End is another great rural crime novel.’

    ‘Garry Disher is not just a master of this genre but is also the social chronicler of our times with contemporary Australia reflected in his work…Hirsch is seeing social cracks in his community with the pressure of the pandemic…A book of our times!’

    ‘For a cracking good read with a clever plot and relatable hero, Day’s End is another winner for Garry Disher and for Australian rural noir.’

    ‘Disher manages to describe [Hirsch] as a very believable, fair person who takes his duties, both of solving crimes and watching over vulnerable people very seriously. [Hirsch] is intelligent and observant, and his wry comments alleviate the underlying tension in the story…There are many layers to Day’s End…[it] is a great read.’

    Day’s End, with its complex plot and empathetic policeman, is crime fiction at its best…culminat[ing] in an ending that took this reader’s breath away.’

    ‘Garry Disher is the master of Australian crime fiction…Day’s End, is more of the good stuff.’

    ‘Well written and very powerful, Day’s End once more confirms Disher’s place as the master of outback noir.’

    ‘[Day’s End, the] latest from the prolific and highly acclaimed Australian crime writer [Garry Disher] is a new instalment in his popular series centred on Paul “Hirsch” Hirschhausen…In true Disher style, it’s a tightly plotted rural noir…wind[ing] its way towards a satisfying conclusion.’

    ‘Disher is a master at controlling his material, taking his readers along the dusty, rutted roads that always pop up when we expect bitumen smoothness. But it’s a journey worth taking, for the pure joy of the writing.’

    ‘Disher once again masterfully soaks readers in the millieu of rural Australia, delivering a riveting crime tale centred on a likeable hero, threaded with relevant issues.’

    Other editions ofDay’s End
    • Day’s End
      ISBN: 9781922791078
      1 November 2022
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    • Day’s End
      ISBN: 9781922458827
      1 November 2022