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  1. says:

    When I finished this novel I realized two things first, that I d just read something outstanding and second, that as it says on the dustjacket blurb , Peter Temple is a master writer This has to be one of the best and most beautifully written crime fiction novels I ve ever read, and I can t wait to get back to his next novel, Truth, which I ve only just started and am already loving.Joe Cashin is a homicide detective who s recuperating from physical and emotional trauma in the small town of When I finished this novel I realized two things first, that I d just read something outstanding and second, that as it says on the dustjacket blurb , Peter Temple is a master writer This has to be one of the best and most beautifully written crime fiction novels I ve ever read, and I can t wait to get back to his next novel, Truth, which I ve only just started and am already loving.Joe Cashin is a homicide detective who s recuperating from physical and emotional trauma in the small town of Port Monro on the south coast of Australia Port Monro is not his normal beat he s been posted there to put some distance between himself and the events that left another policeman dead and himself hospitalized It s a perfect place for Joe he spends a great deal of his time with his dogs, and to get his mind off of his recent troubles, he s rebuilding an old ruined house, as well as himself, with the help of a swaggie named Rebb But his peace is shattered when he finds himself smack in the middle of an intriguing crime one of the town s wealthiest citizens has been found dead and the police in charge of the investigation want very badly to pin the murder on three indigenous teens Cashin is called to help with the case, but he s not convinced that the racially prejudiced local police are correct in their assumptions.What sets this novel apart, making it an outstanding read, is not so much the plot, which is believable and well executed, but the writing The reader is plunged into an Australia that is divided over racial issues, plagued by corruption among government and local officials, divided between development that would create new jobs but would wreck the environment and the landscape While a reader can perhaps find those sorts of problems in his or her own country, Temple keeps it Australian through his use of the local lingo and then puts a glossary of Australian terms in the back for reference which is itself quite funny in parts , description of little things like food, and especially in terms of a sense of place The small community s colorful characters and the small town problems he s involved with a man about a neighbour s tree, the report of a vandalised bench set the stage, as do the vivid descriptions of the landscape Take, for example, the description of Cromarty s Kettle, located in the Rip the huge sea, the grey green water skeined with foam, sliding, falling, surging, full of little peaks and breaks, hollows and rolls, the sense of unimaginable power beneath the surface, terrible forces that could lift you up and suck you down and spin youthe power of the surge would push you through the gap in the cliff and then it would slam you against the pocked walls as well as the descriptions of the small pubs, truck stops, the roads smeared with roadkill or the road to Port Monro the pocked junctions where one or two tilted houses stood against the wind and signs pointed to other desperate crossroads The characters are also very well developed, especially Joe Cashin a broken and damaged, yet decent man trying to get it all back together, whose backstory and troubled past including an unstable childhood are unfolded little by little, interwoven with his present He doesn t mind solitude, although perhaps not so completely as he would have you believe, and he s the consummate professional, yet willing to go with his intuition when the situation demands.This is an excellent book, and although I ve focused mainly on the writing here, the story itself will also keep you turning pages until it s over And then, I think, you ll be left wanting


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    Challenge review The Broken Shore without mentioning how Australian it is.There are a lot of reviews on this site expressing frustration with The Broken Shore for its dialectical idiosyncrasies I won t take this opportunity to express my frustration at the way in which shit rolls downhill, obliging Australian readers to maintain a familiarity with British and American dialects, but rendering Australian dialects unreadable to our northern cousins I won t mention that gripe at all.What I Challenge review The Broken Shore without mentioning how Australian it is.There are a lot of reviews on this site expressing frustration with The Broken Shore for its dialectical idiosyncrasies I won t take this opportunity to express my frustration at the way in which shit rolls downhill, obliging Australian readers to maintain a familiarity with British and American dialects, but rendering Australian dialects unreadable to our northern cousins I won t mention that gripe at all.What I can say about the writing is that it is the best representation of everyday Australian speech I have ever come across The dialect is there in all its glory oblique, ungrammatical, sweary, replete with bold references to taboo subjects and clever euphemisms for the most innocuous ideas, often dreamt up for the speaker s own amusement Foreign readers American readers in particular should note that the word cunt is often employed in this book and in everyday speech in Australia It s not a malicious word,often than not, and is rarely accompanied by the sexist misogynist connotations that it carries in other contexts If it offends or shocks you, try substituting bloke for cunt Read the original sentence the same way you would read it with the substituted word don t dwell on the language that offends you read it as it was intended


  3. says:

    I love a good crime thriller, and this is better than your average good I know I have a connection I know, I know many of the locations mentioned in the book that his lead character Joe Cashin in The Broken Shore has two huge black poodles every morning Mon Fri they scare the absolute crap out of my Son I on our morning walk to school they have built in stealth the neighbour I have discussed never hit you at the same point of the fence line So yes lots of funny connection I love a good crime thriller, and this is better than your average good I know I have a connection I know, I know many of the locations mentioned in the book that his lead character Joe Cashin in The Broken Shore has two huge black poodles every morning Mon Fri they scare the absolute crap out of my Son I on our morning walk to school they have built in stealth the neighbour I have discussed never hit you at the same point of the fence line So yes lots of funny connections, but on aserious note this book won what s deemed as the most coveted award internationally for best crime novel The Duncan Lawrie Dagger Awarded books myself usually don t hit it off all that much of recent but this is an exception It is very Australian very Victorian the State not the era , but I think the personalities humour are universally appealing The second of which is not far from release The plot is your standard somebody dies that shouldn t and you have to follow the story till the coppa catches the who the why However the writing and character development was far above standard I really enjoyed this can t wait till the next Would have given it 4 1 2 stars but can t so it gets 4 with a half for the dogs held over with their stealth like abilities


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    A BROKEN SHORE Police Procedural Australia Cont Poor Temple, Peter StandaloneQuercus, 2006 UK Hardcover Detective Joe Cashin is recovering from his injuries at his hometown in South Eastern Australia He is there to run a one man police station and is rebuilding the wreck of a home begun by his grandfather A brutal attack on a local man is quickly blamed on a three young men from the Aboriginal community When the plan to arrest and question one of the young men goes deathly wrong, Ca A BROKEN SHORE Police Procedural Australia Cont Poor Temple, Peter StandaloneQuercus, 2006 UK Hardcover Detective Joe Cashin is recovering from his injuries at his hometown in South Eastern Australia He is there to run a one man police station and is rebuilding the wreck of a home begun by his grandfather A brutal attack on a local man is quickly blamed on a three young men from the Aboriginal community When the plan to arrest and question one of the young men goes deathly wrong, Cashin starts taking a hard look at what is really going on This book has received a lot of great reviews Unfortunately, it didn t work for me because of one main element character development The author doles out bits of Cashin, and other characters, past in very small doses well into the story I found this incredibly distracting as it left me with the feeling I was starting a series in the middle and needed to read previous books Unfortunately, there were no previous books with Cashin I don t mind learning about a character as I go, but this felt too divisive to me, almost in the some vein as the cliff hanger at the end of the chapter His reference to the background of a policewoman was almost a casual okay, I ll throw this in to make her interesting manner For me, it destroyed the flow of the story and would cause me to stop reading But, because of all the positive reviews, I continued and put aside my need for character development and just read for story, which was better I did get into the plot, although it took me awhile At a certain point I definitely saw where it was going, but the climax was suspenseful and somewhat horrific however, a couple elements of the very ending where disappointing Many people loved this book I didn t


  5. says:

    I wonder if a Peter Temple addiction awaits me.


  6. says:

    This was a dark and twisting noir with an impish heart that I thoroughly enjoyed despite the lingering questions it left me with We meet Joe Cashin, a taciturn, damaged cop on leave in the suburbs from the wilds of Melbourne after a dubious stake out left a fellow officer dead He s going through the motions of rebuilding his families crumbling estate, a project that seems doomed to fail His only company are two standard poodles possibly the weirdest pair of pets I ve ever encountered in a This was a dark and twisting noir with an impish heart that I thoroughly enjoyed despite the lingering questions it left me with We meet Joe Cashin, a taciturn, damaged cop on leave in the suburbs from the wilds of Melbourne after a dubious stake out left a fellow officer dead He s going through the motions of rebuilding his families crumbling estate, a project that seems doomed to fail His only company are two standard poodles possibly the weirdest pair of pets I ve ever encountered in a book like this and a few friends as quiet and solitary as he tries to be.When a local philanthropist is brutally murdered Cashin finds himself embroiled with the local police force, a rabidly racist bunch who are determined to pin the crime on a couple of local aboriginal teens It isn t long before Cashin discovers the so called philanthropist may have been doingthan just providing poor teens with a chance to go to summer camp and it quickly becomes apparent that quite a few people might have wanted him dead.This is a wide ranging novel with a huge cast of characters that occasionally gets super unweildy but despite a lot of twists and turns and some unresolved story lines I found myself really enjoying this Its very much a character driven book with very sharp and often very funny dialogue that calls to mind an Australian version of a Bogey and Bacall movie Author Peter Temple comes from a journalistic background and his sharp, staccato, David Mametish dialogue bears that out There isn t a whole lot here visually, this was not a novel I saw in my mind as I read it, but it still works Temple s characters linger Cashin is an incredibly likable hero He ticks all the damaged cop with a heart of gold check boxes but there s a certain je ne sais quoi that sets him apart He s a good person, you just feel that in the way he deals with victims and perps and witnesses and the people he cares about He s an introspective, troubled man, but he isn t mired in his problems You get the sense that he wants to be happier,settled and comfortable with himself and you root for him to find that inner peace that seems to elude him.Temple doesn t reinvent the wheel here but he certainly makes it spin faster andelegantly than most of his fellow noir crime fiction authors I might have known where things were heading but I still wanted to see how it all played out and Temple doesn t disappoint The end is brutal, disturbing and not every loose end is tied up neatly but it somehow doesn t matter There s a bit of a tacked on romantic element and readers may be a tad bit confused by the motherload of Australian slang there s a super helpful glossary at the back of the book but this is straight up a very good book and I m looking forward to reading


  7. says:

    This is a very dark book and I initially struggled both because of some of the confronting racist language and because some of the issues cut very close to the bone It s both an excellent crime novel and a beautifully written literary piece but can happily be read as either Joe Cashin is a police officer who goes home to police in small town coastal Victoria He s recovering physically and psychologically from a stake or gone wrong during his time with Homicide in Melbourne Of course he now h This is a very dark book and I initially struggled both because of some of the confronting racist language and because some of the issues cut very close to the bone It s both an excellent crime novel and a beautifully written literary piece but can happily be read as either Joe Cashin is a police officer who goes home to police in small town coastal Victoria He s recovering physically and psychologically from a stake or gone wrong during his time with Homicide in Melbourne Of course he now has to police people he grew up with Pivotally this includes the Aboriginal population in town Then he s called to the murderous assault on the town s richest man and philanthropist And then it gets political And there aredeaths This is also an excellent portrait of someone attempting to put life back together after too many shattering moments The physical, emotional and mental impacts are faithfully represented The impact of trauma on police, those they serve and those they attempt to protect the public from is beautifully portrayed The irony of trauma having such disparate impacts is rarely so well drawn Much, muchcould be written about the merits of this book but most importantly I found it hard to put down and I will think about it for quite some time to come


  8. says:

    I was very disappointed in this book I realize Peter Temple is an award winning Australian crime writer, but the writing style was not for me I found the characters and the storyline hard to connect with, and the book failed to interest me The narrative seemed disjointed and slow paced with choppy sentences Most troublesome was the frequent use of Australian slang and jargon, making conversations difficult to follow I lived in Australia for 3 years and have visited several times since, but I was very disappointed in this book I realize Peter Temple is an award winning Australian crime writer, but the writing style was not for me I found the characters and the storyline hard to connect with, and the book failed to interest me The narrative seemed disjointed and slow paced with choppy sentences Most troublesome was the frequent use of Australian slang and jargon, making conversations difficult to follow I lived in Australia for 3 years and have visited several times since, but many terms were unfamiliar to me There were too many racist slurs and other vulgarisms, as well as unnecessary minutiae which detracted from the plot, and to any buildup of suspense Hints of the main character s backstory developed too slowly, giving the mistaken feeling that I was middle of a series.It really bothered me knowing that critics and many readers regarded this book highly and felt that I was missing something I put a lot of effort into appreciating it but to no avail


  9. says:

    Peter Temple is a master Picked this up based on Books To Die For and loved it Plus, the detective has standard poodles that act like mine Meaning they act like real dogs.


  10. says:

    Wow A very fine book indeed With a nice tight prose style, this mystery transcends the genre with the quality of its writing, well drawn characters, and nuanced exploration of racial issues Main character and homicide cop Joe Cashin returns to his economically depressed home town in Southern Australia to recuperate from a car accident that resulted in a dead partner, an escaped suspect, and chronic crippling back pain for Joe A wealthy man is murdered in his home, and Joe is forced out of hi Wow A very fine book indeed With a nice tight prose style, this mystery transcends the genre with the quality of its writing, well drawn characters, and nuanced exploration of racial issues Main character and homicide cop Joe Cashin returns to his economically depressed home town in Southern Australia to recuperate from a car accident that resulted in a dead partner, an escaped suspect, and chronic crippling back pain for Joe A wealthy man is murdered in his home, and Joe is forced out of his recovery to work on the case, then forced back on leave when three young aboriginal suspects end up dead due to a brutally botched plan to take them into custody This book explores race in a way that I never would have expected from a crime procedural Almost reminds me of Raymond Chandler, but with better writing and ainteresting setting Peter Temple, I ll be back for


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The Broken Shore Broken By His Last Case, Homicide Detective Joe Cashin Has Fled The City And Returned To His Hometown To Run Its One Man Police Station While His Wounds Heal And The Nightmares Fade He Lives A Quiet Life With His Two Dogs In The Tumbledown Wreck His Family Home Has Become It S A Peaceful Existence Ideal For The Rehabilitating Man But His Recovery Is Rudely Interrupted By A Brutal Attack On Charles Bourgoyne, A Prominent Member Of The Local Community Suspicion Falls On Three Young Men From The Local Aboriginal Community But Cashin S Not So Sure And As The Case Unfolds Amid Simmering Corruption And Prejudice, He Finds Himself Holding On To Something That It Might Be Better To Let Go