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"A grim, brutally involving crime novel...It's one of those books you can't wait to finish and then can only regret that it's ended." ( The New York Daily News)
"Temple's novel racked up the awards in Australia, and it's easy to see why: this deeply intelligent thriller starts slowly, builds inexorably, and ends unforgettably." ( Booklist)
"Beautifully written....Byzantine plot twists and incisively drawn characters combine with stunning descriptions of the wild, lush, menacing Australian landscape to make this...unforgettable." ( Publishers Weekly)
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By Kathleen on 07-18-09
Taut, Complex in Every Way Fantastic Listen
Peter Temple knows how to write characters, deep, with history yet brevity of prose, the plot is multi-layer, reminding me of "The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo". I loved the narrator, taking a bit of time to get used to the Aussie accent and colloquialisms. Short sentences, searing scenes, this book was gripping until the last sentence. Highly recommend.
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By John on 12-31-07
Dripping With Local Color
Superb. Beautifully written noir detective yarn set in Australia that is wonderfully read. Hearing it in the colorful accent of an Australian enhances the book and adds to the local feeling. The writing is wonderful, with a lot of snide, dark humor. I've gone on to read two other books of Temple's and enjoyed them both.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful