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Bitter Wash Road A Modern Western Set In An Isolated Australian Bush Town With A Soaring Crime Rate, Where A Local Constable With A Troubled Past Must Investigate The Death Of A Teenage Girl Whose Murder Threatens To Set The Dusty Streets AblazeConstable Paul Hirschhausen Hirsch Is A Recently Demoted Detective Sent From Adelaide, Australia S Southernmost Booming Metropolis, To Tiverton, A One Road Town In Rustic, Backwater Wool And Wheat Country Three Hours North Hirsch Isn T Just A Disgraced Cop The Internal Investigations Bureau Is Still Trying To Convict Him Of Something, Even If It Means Planting Evidence When Someone Leaves A Pistol Cartridge In His Mailbox, Hirsch Suspects That His Career Isn T The Only Thing On The Line But The Tiny Town Of Tiverton Has Crime Than One Lone Cop Should Have To Handle The Stagnant Economy, Rural Isolation, And Entrenched Racism And Misogyny Mean Every Case Hirsch Investigates Is A New Basket Of Snakes When The Body Of A Year Old Local Girl Is Found On The Side Of The Highway, The Situation In Tiverton Gets Even Sinister, And Whether Or Not He Finds Her Killer, There S Going To Be Hell To PayPaperback Edition Found Under The Title Bitter Wash Road


10 thoughts on “Bitter Wash Road

  1. says:

    I am really enjoying reading my way through this author s work, and luckily there is plenty of it so I will be busy for a while Bitter Wash Road tells the story of a whistle blower in the police force who, as he would be in most organisations, is shunned by his colleagues and sent to work in the back of beyond Unfortunately he ends up in an equally bad scenario where the local police force consists basically of thugs.Disher writes really well and his descriptions of the locality are spot on His characters are also well developed and the main character, Hirsch, is very likeable The story is paced very well and it is too easy to keep on reading and reading right through to the end And the ending is wonderful particularly the assistance Hirsch gets from an unexpected source.Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended


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    I don t care if a fellow police member swindles the Children s Hospital and violates a busload of nuns You do not betray him When Detective Paul Hirschhausen is demoted, and sent to a seedy little back water town, he finds the place even corrupt than the police department he left behind There are things happening in Tiverton that many people would kill to keep secret, and now Hirsch s investigations into the death of a teenage girl who was presumably hit by a car threaten to bring those dark dealings to light This is a well paced, and well written thriller, gritty and tense, but with welcome bits of comic relief provided mostly by Hirsch s attitude and actions I m looking forward to reading much by Disher Highly recommended.


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    Constable Paul Hirschhausen Hirsch has been banished to a one man police station in Tiverton, a small town north of Adelaide Is only crime is supplying the police internal affairs department evidence of corruption involving several officers in his unit Now he is both suspect and still under investigation himself and shunned by his colleagues for bringing down fellow officers Hirsch soon finds that most of the locals are anti police as his boss, Sergeant Kropp and his officers in the police station in the nearby larger town are bullies and interested in protecting their powerful friends than seeing justice done.Tiverton also proves not to be the quiet little town that Hirsch expected He soon finds himself to deal with a puzzling hit and run when the body of a young girl is found on the side of the road and then the apparent suicide of a middle aged woman This is a really well written gritty thriller with a plot that takes a while to reveal itself and some clever investigative work from Hirsch before what has really been going on in the area is uncovered Hirsch is a very likeable character and I would be happy to read see him feature in future books.


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    Constable Paul Hirschhausen, known to all as Hirsch, was the new cop in the rural town of Tiverton, a couple of hours north of Adelaide in South Australia He was called a whistle blower, hated and despised by his colleagues from the high up ranks to the lowest Sent to this one cop town in disgrace, his new boss was Sergeant Kropp , stationed at Redruth which was not all that far from Tiverton But Hirsch was one of those honest cops one who believed in the law in being firm but compassionate when necessary He was always going to clash with Kropp and the other two constables in Redruth Bitter Wash Road was where he was sent on his first job gunfire had been heard two criminals were on the run from Queensland he wondered if it could be them But what he found was quite different and after his shock at the closeness of the bullet, his thoughts were on whether this would be his last job Then with a terrible suddenness, things went from bad to worse The finding of the body of a young local girl was a shock to Hirsch was it an accident or was it something sinister The escalation of horrors in the area the violence and evil Hirsch felt like he was moving through a sea of treacle No one within the force believed his theories he was lacking in evidence, but his gut was telling him he was right Did he have anyone at all that he could trust I loved this gritty mystery by Aussie author Garry Disher The plot was excellent with the twists keeping me glued to the pages I haven t read a lot by this author but that will definitely change The combination of great characters, both likeable and unlikeable plus the tension and suspense throughout, meant this was an exceptional crime fiction novel Highly recommended.With thanks to Text Publishing for my copy to read and review.


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    Constable Paul Hirschhausen is a man of integrity and someone who has fallen foul in Adelaide after whistle blowing on a bent cop Hated by his colleagues, he know finds himself in the South Australian town of Tiverton, hoping to move on with his life that involves an upcoming inquest But far from being a quiet time in this small town, Paul will find himself slap bang into something far greater than what he could ever imagine.Called out to Bitter Wash Road after reports of shots being fired, he will come across a dead teenage girl on the side of the road The general consensus is that she was the victim of a hit and run but Hirsch is not convinced His boss Sergeant Kropp does not want Hirsch to investigate Why this is so will reveal itself as time goes by It soon becomes apparent to Hirsch that the young girl s death is the tip of an all mighty iceberg He has his own theories, but without evidence and with a lack of trust due to his past, will have to work doubly hard to find the truth.What that is will manifest itself in police corruption, abuse of power, intimidation, domestic violence and Hirsch putting his life on the line to bring it to a stop This is gritty crime noir mystery written to perfection, with an unassuming plot that sucks you in and keeps you thinking to the very end Throw in some great characterisation and the wonderful backdrop of the outback, with its small town nuances, you have everything you need for a quality read This is the first book I have read by Aussie author Garry Disher and won t be my last.


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    His hand was pale, scrupulously clean, no sign of sun damage, hard labour or mishaps, which put him at odds with the men, women and children Hirsch had encountered so far in the bush People out here were generally blemished Farm grime under fingernails, garden scratches, schoolyard scrapes, sun wrinkles, dusty trouser cuffs, tarnished watch straps and gammy legs One of the best crime novels I ve read recently, my first from Garry Disher, but hopefully not the last I was enthralled by how seamlessly and elegantly the author weaves together three novels into one a high conspiracy thriller, a murder police procedural and an insider account of police corruption All plot threads converge on one man, Constable Hirschhausen Hirsch for short , sent down to the dustiest, most remote post in the Australian Outback for being a snitch on his superiors a sort of modern day Serpico Hirsch may have good reasons to believe everybody is out to get him, being shot at in the very opening pages of the novel, but he also has a dubious case on his hands, of a young hitchhiker found dead in a ditch after an apparent hit run.The plot advances with an inexorable pace, worthy of the best classic noir novels, with the sunny Australian desert getting and ominous as Hirsch starts interviewing relatives and finds roadblocks at every turn from his former colleagues and superiors He is overqualified for the task, after being a member of a former elite team in Adelaide, but now he can trust nobody, as corruption seems to go all the way to the top Kropp s constables were poorly educated and short of work and life experience too Just as clannish and suspicious of anyone different Attracted to police work because it gave them standing And it licensed the art and craft of hurting other human beings Discher is spot on with the spare prose, the occasional local idiom that had me scratched my head in confusion, and the biting social commentary Hirsch is a solid lead, competent and taciturn as a true lone wolf, making the rare glimpses into his emotional landscape even poignant as the action heats up.I am trying not to give spoilers to the actual crime investigation, but recent items in the news put a new light on this short passage that caught my attention Now, where have I heard this before X is adventurous, suggestible, anxious to please, her head easily turned by a man with money and charm He spends some time, money and charm on her, flatters her, lets her drive his car, gives her a fun time alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, sex Gradually introduces her to a group of men who like to party with underage girls Highly recommended


  7. says:

    Quite easily my favourite Australian noir, Garry Disher s Bitter Wash Road is a tense drama of rural life from the point of view of an outsider, in this instance Hirsch, a potentially bent copper, demoted to patrolling a small town in South Australia Hirsch is dropped in to a fairly typical murder mystery plot dead body, many suspects, coverups etc and in true genre fashion misses clues, asks the wrong questions and jumps to conclusions BUT Disher gives the story so much than that including a few nice red herrings His strongest work is in his evocative prose, bringing life to the place, people and situations that Hirsch runs up against, most notably the paranoia that affects Hirsch from the opening paragraph he s been tarnished with many brushes, a bent copper and not just that, a bent copper who snitched on his mates according to the department assumptions and now his life is under threat, not just from the colleagues he apparently sent away but from his new colleagues who don t appreciate having to work with a maggot who dishonored the badge.It all makes for a tense and atmospheric read that would surely be selling bucketloads if he wasn t an Aussie, it s comparable to the best of the modern genre from anywhere in the world as far as I m concerned.


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    First Sentence On a Monday morning in September, three weeks into the job, the Tiverton policeman took a call from his sergeant shots fired on Bitter Wash Road Paul Hirschhausen Hirsch has been demoted to Constable, and sent to back of beyond Australia where he s mistrusted and berated by his fellow officers Internal Investigations in Adelaide is still after him, trying to convict him of something and willing to plant evidence to do it In the meantime, even in his remote locate, there are crimes to be solved, including the body of a 16 year old girl found by the side of the road If one ever read Rhys Bowen s Hamish Macbeth series, Hirsch s posting will remind one of that However, that is the only similarity Disher takes us about as far as possible from Hamish s Scotland, down to Southern Australia, but acquaints us with the area with wonderfully visual descriptions October gathered its skirts and raced past Disher provides very good backstory on Hirsch The inclusion of his inquest was both interesting, but allows for his speculation as to why some cops go bad We also see the frustration of a god cop working for, and with, bad cops the blindness of the thin blue line, and how corrupting that can be On the other hand, it is interesting to see the diversity of calls to which a rural cop must respond and the relationship he must maintain with the community Disher does a wonderful job building up the suspense and tension One can t help but appreciate the source from which Hirsch s rescue comes Hell to Pay is an excellent read an extremely well written book dealing with very timely issues.HELL TO PAY Pol Proc Const Paul Hirschhausen Adelaide, Australia Contemp ExDisher, Garry StandaloneSoho Crime June, 2014


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    The initial attraction for me to Bitter Wash Road was the fact that it is set near my hometown of Adelaide I love reading books where the setting is familiar which doesn t happen all that often unfortunately.The small country town feel is omnipresent, personified by the one man police station, working and dilapidated farmsteads, and the everyone knows everyone characteristics of rural life This gives Bitter Wash Road a distinct and unique feel to the common lone wolf police procedurals On the surface, outcast cop Hirsch, a former metro police officer displaced after turning informant on the crooked cops at Paradise Gardens, seems to have been relegated to a sleepy country town where nothing much happens working a one man station far removed from the cops he helped bring down What lies beneath is a different story.Author Garry Disher has written a well crafted and perfectly executed country cop tale with an endearing protagonist who has the odds stacked against him in everything he does Forget about investigating serious crimes, the locals and near town cop station where Hirsch reports to, hinder everyday policing Word of the dog spreads fast and Hirsch feels every inch of his honesty obstructing him from doing his job Bitter Wash Road is excellent and a must read for any fan of crime fiction 5 5 stars.http justaguythatlikes2read.blogspo


  10. says:

    While the murders are integral to the plot of Bitter Wash Road, they also provide a brilliant vehicle for the author Garry Disher to explore issues around cop culture and corruption in an insightful way This book is a great read, and is revelatory in its exposure of the kind of blokey attitude that perpetuates stereotypical behaviour in small rural communities Brainless thugs, thinly disguised as police constables, harass the less fortunate in town, just because they can, and because the uniform gives them power The higher the rank, the subtle and sinister is the abuse of power because of police culture, a kind of don t tell brotherhood BTW, Redruth is a former name for the town of Burra in South Australia, and the author s depiction of the former mining town and surrounding farming areas is very accurate I greatly respect Garry Disher as an author of quality, and Bitter Wash Road did not disappoint me.


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