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Peter Temple

  • awardWinner, Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction, 2000
  • Introduction by Adrian McKinty

    Pat Carson’s old eyes were on me, looking for something.
    ‘Man is born unto trouble,’ he said.
    I said, ‘As the sparks fly upwards.’
    Deep lines at the corners of his mouth. ‘Know your Job. Soldier. Policeman. Haven’t been a bloody priest too, have you?’

    Anne Carson: fifteen, beautiful, wayward. Abducted.

    The rich Carsons have closed ranks and summoned Frank Calder, subject to strict instructions. This is not the first kidnapping in the Carson family and hard lessons have been learned.

    But are the two events connected? And is greed the motivation? Revenge? Or could it be something else? To find out, Frank Calder must go beyond his brief.

    And his every step into the darkness may end a girl’s life.

    First published two decades ago, this standalone crime novel is Peter Temple at his brilliant best.

    Peter Temple
    About the Author

    Peter Temple is the author of nine novels, including four books in the Jack Irish series. He has won the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction five times, and his widely acclaimed novels have been published in over twenty countries.

    The Broken Shore won the UK’s prestigious Duncan Lawrie Dagger for the best crime novel of 2007 and Truth won the...

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    About the Introducer

    Adrian McKinty is an author and critic who grew up in Northern Ireland, studied at Oxford and worked in the United States before moving to Australia. He is now in New York City. His Sean Duffy novels have won or been shortlisted for numerous awards and his latest book, The Chain, will be published in mid-2019.

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    7 May 2019
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    Praise for Peter Temple
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    ‘[A] gritty, well-executed tale of greed and vengeance.’

    ‘As always, Temple is a master of the complex plot and his characters leap from the page fully realised in a taut, action-packed thriller.’

    ‘If you have not read a Temple thriller, you don’t know what you are missing.’

    ‘Displaying Temple’s keen sense of place and his sharp ear for dry dialogue, Shooting Star is a tough, contemporary crime novel that takes the reader down some very mean Australian streets…A terrific read by one of Australia’s best crime novelists.’

    ‘Peter Temple is, quite simply, the finest crime writer we have and Shooting Star reminds us why and how he has set a standard internationally that few come near. His Chandler-like ability to capture the dark corners of our sunniest places is as good as it gets. Temple weaves past and present beautifully…A terrific and powerful read.’

    ‘No summary or catalogue of details will do it justice. Read it for the writing and for where it says this sort of novel is today.’

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