The Broken Shore

The Broken Shore

Book - 2007
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Peter Temple is currently being hailed as the finest crime writer in Australia, but it won't be long before he is recognized as what he really is--one of the nation's finest writers, period. Born in South Africa, Temple is writing a dynamic kind of literary thriller that ultimately defies classification.   The Broken Shore, his eighth novel, revolves around big-city detective Joe Cashin. Shaken by a scrape with death, he's posted away from the Homicide Squad to the quiet town on the South Australian coast where he grew up. Carrying physical scars and more than a little guilt, he spends his time playing the country cop, walking his dogs, and thinking about how it all was before. But when a prominent local is attacked in his own home and left for dead, Cashin is thrust into what becomes a murder investigation. The evidence points to three boys from the nearby aboriginal community--everyone seems to want to blame them. Cashin is unconvinced, and soon begins to see the outlines of something far more terrible than a burglary gone wrong. Winner of the Colin Roderick Award for Australian writing as well as Australia's major prize for crime fiction, the Ned Kelly Award,The Broken Shoreis a transfixing and moving novel about a place, a family, politics and power, and the need to live decently in a world where so much is rotten.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780374116934
0374116938
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 357 p. ; 24 cm.

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ilovewhippets
Jan 06, 2015

Excellent story! I recommend it!

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DeltaQueen50
Dec 10, 2013

The Broken Shore by Peter Temple is a above-average police procedural that had me engrossed for days. The plot unfolds slowly but the style and sense of place were riveting. The author doles out information, letting the reader slowly put the facts together both on the main character's back story and with the investigation. I have a feeling that this story with it’s racial tensions, corruption at various levels and such a dark view on humanity in general is one that would be familiar in many countries.

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IV27HUjg
Jul 28, 2013

Interesting...found it a bit hard to read with views of aboriginal people depiction. Counter balance is The Rabbit Proof Fence for reality. Very much like reading about other than US locations.

hgeng63 Feb 07, 2013

I bet when this bk came out in 2007 it was a real shocker. Other titles, though, like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, have superceded it. I found the Australian "atmosphere" a bit thin.

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macierules
Nov 28, 2012

Joe Cashin is a terrific character- really enjoyed the setting and the writing.

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uncommonreader
Aug 02, 2012

This crime story is set in Victoria, Australia and written in the "hard boiled" style. It politics concerning aboriginal people in Australia are OK.

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dcafk
May 30, 2012

I'm glad I ran across this book because it is a top notch mystery, a compelling story.

Cdnbookworm Jan 13, 2012

Joe Cashin has had bad experiences in his Melbourne police career recently and come close to death. Subsequently he has been posted to the quiet coastal community he grew up in. When a prominent local is killed, three local aboriginal boys are fingered for the crime, but Cashin doesn't believe it is that straightforward. It would be easy for him to go along with this story, but even as the deaths pile up, he moves forward in a different direction, searching for the truth.
Cashin is a man who has lived a difficult life, whose father died when he was young, who cares about people, and has a strong moral centre. This makes for a very interesting character.
We see him develop and the characters around him are also interesting. The plot is complex, yet never hard to accept. A great and gripping mystery with many facets.

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WomanOfMystery
Sep 22, 2011

I love the way this author develops the sense of place.

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