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Since Alan Auhl came out of retirement the young detectives call him a retread. Some days he feels like one. Cheaply slapped together. Just about guaranteed to wear down quickly.
But he does things his own way and gets results—even if his cases are a bit colder now.
Like the skeleton that’s just been found under a concrete slab. Or the old farmer, dead five years, whose daughters stilldon’t believe it was an accident. Or the doctor who’s murdered two wives and a girlfriend and left no evidence at all.
Auhl will stick with these cases until justice is done. One way or another.
‘Victorian crime fiction king Garry Disher is a literary machine…Bring on the next case.’
‘Well-crafted and leanly written, this tense novel grips from beginning to end.’
‘There are many twists to a tale that opens with one of those closely observed vignettes of outer suburban life that Disher does so well…It’s a riveting opening scene, setting in motion just one of the cases with which the amiable Auhl will deal in the most cathartic of ways.’
‘Garry Disher has been giving us highly intelligent literary thrillers for decades and he gets better and better.’
‘Under the Cold Bright Lights is a gripping page-turner of a book with a truly likable hero. Auhl must wrestle with his own morality as he faces a flawed system that threatens to allow for more harm than it prevents. Award-winning author Garry Disher expertly weaves together Auhl’s different cases and dilemmas to create an authentically Australian standalone police procedural with a memorably different kind of protagonist—one I’m hoping will be able to take his big heart and keen sense of empathy to more crime novels in the future.’
‘Australian Master Garry Disher is one of the best contemporary crime authors because he manages to turn a solution into a mystery… If Karl Kraus is right with his assertion that only he who can turn a solution into a mystery is a real artist, then there can be no doubt about Disher’s artistry.’