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Shooting Star | [Peter Temple]

Shooting Star

Frank Calder - ex-soldier and sacked police hostage negotiator - is just eking out a living as a mediator when he's approached by Pat Carson, patriarch of the dynastic Carson family. Pat wants him to deliver ransom money to kidnappers who've abducted his great-granddaughter. Frank urges Pat to call in the law, but he refuses, since police bungling nearly cost the life of another Carson child kidnapped years before.
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Audible Editor Reviews

David Tredinnick’s gritty and impassioned performance injects Peter Temple’s stark, neo-noir novel Shooting Star, set in Melbourne, with a shot of adrenaline in its depiction of protagonist Frank Calder, a former soldier and hostage negotiator summoned by the affluent Carsons to deliver ransom money to the captors of their kidnapped 15-year-old daughter, and who soon realizes that the family’s checkered past may lift the shroud of mystery surrounding this seemingly senseless crime.

Full of razor-sharp, caustic dialogue and complex, morally ambiguous characters, this audiobook will appeal to fans of modern thrillers rooted in the tradition of classic detective fiction.

Publisher's Summary

Frank Calder - ex-soldier and sacked police hostage negotiator - is just eking out a living as a mediator when he's approached by Pat Carson, patriarch of the dynastic Carson family. Pat wants him to deliver ransom money to kidnappers who've abducted his great-granddaughter. Frank urges Pat to call in the law, but he refuses, since police bungling nearly cost the life of another Carson child kidnapped years before.

So a reluctant Frank begins to deal with the kidnappers, and quickly becomes convinced both Carson kidnappings were motivated by something other than money. Over several feverish days, Frank searches for suspects in the web of Carson businesses, deals, marriages, indiscretions and rivalries. And all the while he knows that if his instincts are wrong, the girl will surely die.

With Shooting Star, Australia's premier crime-thriller writer, Peter Temple, is launched into an even bigger league.

©2007 Peter Temple; (P)2009 Bolinda

What the Critics Say

"In particular, Tredinnick's ability to infuse the characters with unique personalities, coupled with his steady pace, makes the story fly by." (AudioFile)

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    Evan Subiaco, Australia 01-18-10
    Evan Subiaco, Australia 01-18-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Quality hard boiled fiction"

    This is a quality early novel by Temple - not as good as "The Broken Shore" or "Truth", the latter being his undeniable masterpiece to date, this shows Temple's evolution from standard crime mystery writing to a higher standard of crime fiction. Whilst far from perfect, it makes for a very engaging read and has a "cold ring of truth" to its conclusion. Fast-paced, well edited, but in some places a little too convenient or a little too under-developed. Like a James Ellroy novel pre-L.A. Quartet. If you're after the lush descriptive passages of Bryce Courtenay, you will not find it here. But the terse and often darkly comedic tone is highly reminiscent of early hard boiled crime fiction, albeit with an Australian setting, and so if you like that sort of crime fiction, definitely give this a shot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David East Lindfield, Australia 11-24-09
    David East Lindfield, Australia 11-24-09 Member Since 2006
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    "as good as it gets"

    There are many fine mystery and suspense authors on Audible. I know because over the past couple of years I've listened to lots.

    None are better than Peter Temple. The variety of his books, even though mostly set in Victoria, Austrlia is first class, the plots are first class, the dialogue is first class, and his observations of society and culture are thoroughly enjoyable.
    Finally I appreciate the dry Australian black humour that permeates the early stages of his novels, somewhat reminiscent of a more subtle Carl Hiasen.
    Its an additional pleasure to find the books well read, although I appreciate that others may not find the nuances of the Australian dialect as familiar as they seem to me.
    Finishing this book was extremely regrettable and how I wish there were more. Discovering Peter Temple has been one of my great thrills of 2009.




    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Los Osos, CA, United States 09-28-14
    Frances Los Osos, CA, United States 09-28-14 Member Since 2009

    I am a business owner, but don't much like books on business. Like English mysteries, cozies that aren't very cozy. I really want to like fantasy and science fiction but everything I try like that seems disappointing. I like some spy novels. I am a grandmother and I am in a book club.

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    "Excellent characters,good story,very good reader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was home with painful dental stuff,and this kept my interest so well that the pills couldn't knock me out. The author has a nice tight writing style that can also manage some terrific lyric lapses on Australian life-style and geography.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Protagonist was well-drawn with a good back story that didn't go on too long.


    What about David Tredinnick’s performance did you like?

    Good accents, and it must have been truly challenging with all the different characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey craigmore, Australia 08-13-14
    Tracey craigmore, Australia 08-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "star force"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shooting Star to be better than the print version?

    only got audio version


    What did you like best about this story?

    the country cop and local area


    What does David Tredinnick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he brings life to story as always the story comes to life with the charictors


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    no

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