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At the close of a long day, Inspector Stephen Villani stands in the bathroom of a luxury apartment high above the city. In the glass bath, a young woman lies dead, a panic button within reach.
So begins Truth, the sequel to Peter Temple’s bestselling masterpiece, The Broken Shore, winner of the Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel.
Villani’s life is his work. It is his identity, his calling, his touchstone. But now, over a few sweltering summer days, as fires burn across the state and his superiors and colleagues scheme and jostle, he finds all the certainties of his life are crumbling.
Truth is a novel about a man, a family, a city. It is about violence, murder, love, corruption, honour and deceit. And it is about truth.
‘Here is an author with a rich talent, a writer to compare with James Ellroy and his tough, taut LA prose… Temple writes with a rare clarity that grabs and holds from the start. There is no meandering here, no cluttering of precious words; each one hits the mark….Truth succeeds as a well-paced, most engaging crime novel, a world-class effort. It is also one of the best pieces of modern Australian fiction this decade, if not for many decades.’
‘I hold him in the highest regard as a writer, both in terms of his choice and control of subject matter and his use of language, which is direct and, where necessary, evocative.’
‘Peter Temple is arguably our leading writer of crime fiction, if not one of Australia’s best novelists regardless of genre….This is a complex, multi-layered novel that weaves together past and present crimes with intricate family relationships and the smell of political corruption…Temple reveals the unpleasant underside of Melbourne’s bright facades…Fans of good fiction can rejoice; the king of Australian crime is back and in exceedingly good form.’
‘Temple writes superbly with great visual acuity and moral intelligence. He can twist a lifetime of loss or a career’s-worth of camaraderie around a few elliptical exchanges of police business; and his spare, terse prose is lightened with images full of a quirky, unselfconscious poetry…’
‘We have some astonishingly talented genre writers in Australia…But if any single author is likely to break through the parchment ceiling, Peter Temple is the one. The Broken Shore and Truth are to crime what Phoenix and Janus were to police drama on television. Temple’s prose is terse and potent, with all the torque of a truck engine….It’s one to savour.’
‘Temple is Australia’s premier crime writer because his skill is words. His characters are convincingly established and his observations of Melbourne’s manners, milieus and mores are spot on…as soon as I put it down I wanted to read it again.’
‘Temple’s writing has never been more precise or telegraphic…Truth is both confronting and electrifying. It is Temple’s best book.’
‘Books come and go. The lesser ones automatically take themselves off to the great rubbish-bin in the brain, but the really, really good ones get stuck there. Peter Temple’s latest book, Truth, is one that sticks. Story, style, suspense, supremely good use of punctuation: all the facets of Temple’s latest gem make an indelible impression…..Absent mothers, unspoken tensions, family secrets all hover like shadows over this story, as Temple prods the awkward beauty of men’s emotions, however deeply buried they can be. It is mesmerizing reading, and the tension he builds is so intense that as you make it to the final chapters you almost have to take the book in doses. It’s potent stuff, and it marks Peter Temple as one of our greatest writers, regardless of genre.’