The fourth and final book in the iconic Jack Irish series, and the winner of the 2003 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel.
Peter Temple is widely regarded as one of Australia's finest
writers, and his novels have been published in twenty countries.
During his lifetime he worked extensively as a journalist and
editor, before teaching editing and media studies at a number of
universities. His novels, among them the Jack Irish series,
Truth, The Broken Shore and An Iron Rose, are
celebrated as some of the best crime writing in English.
Temple died in March 2018.
`The author uses a staccato style, perhaps born of Ellroy but now
indisputably his own, that conveys action and feelings word by
word, phrase by phrase. Close to poetry, it infuses Jack Irish and
his mortal concerns deeply into every page. Though plot underpins
the book, in the final analysis this is character exploration at
its best...I judge it to be the best Jack Irish yet. The upshot of
my reading? Go for Peter Temple. His hero will stick and stick and
stick.' * Crime Factory *
`A brilliant novel of shady deals, sexual secrets, untimely death, dark horses and a beautiful sculptor...' * Australian *
`This is a clever, fast-moving and multi-faceted yarn that dips into the routines and characters of the everyday, extrapolating to the extreme and the bizarre that extend beyond the best exposes of the tabloids.' * Herald Sun *
`Temple's clipped, observant, journalistic prose style ensures that the pages of the novel [are] turned almost unaided...Temple captures the atmosphere, mood and tempo of Melbourne-a town that is conservative, philistine, provincial, gruffly sentimental, nostalgic, sport-obsessed, materialistic and cheerfully callous. The misadventures of Jack Irish are true to that spirit.' * Australian Book Review *
`Well-crafted characters, plenty of tough action and wry reflections on the seamier side of Melbourne life...Another world-class crime novel by one of Australia's best and most consistent crime novelists.' * Canberra Times *
`There's not much left that counts for a hill of beans in this crazy world, but one safe bet is a new book by Peter Temple.' * Age *
`A joy-ride of a book.' * Adelaide Advertiser *
`Temple himself is a master craftsman...The breathless, terrifying ending provides top-notch suspense.' * Booklist *
`Temple's ear for dialogue and the vernacular was quite something-and had him compared to the masterful Detroit-native Elmore Leonard.' * NZ Metro *