Meet Jack Irish: criminal lawyer, debt collector, football lover, turf watcher, trainee cabinetmaker, and the best Australian crime character we've seen in years.
When Jack receives a puzzling message from a jailed ex-client, he's too deep in misery over Fitzroy's latest loss to take much notice. Next thing Jack knows, the ex-client's dead and he's been drawn into a life-threatening investigation involving high-level corruption, dark sexual secrets, shonky property deals, and murder.
With hitmen after him, shady ex-policemen at every turn, and the body count rising, Jack needs to find out what's going on - and fast.
©1996 Peter Temple (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
Jack Irish is a great character and great to read a book set in Australia
It is like an Australian version of the Prey series by John Sandford.
First time for Chiappi, really enjoyed his performance. Easy to follow characters.
Book built nicely without any silly or over the top twists
Peter Temple is a great author - check out the Broken Shore, one of my all time favourites
Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.
Weak story but great characters. I will defintely give Jack another shot and can only hope the story will live up to his character.
This book just did not grab my interest as other Temple books have done. the performance was good, but the story seemed a bit disjointed and just not engaging. Go for "The Broken Shore" instead.
Jack Irish, criminal lawyer, cabinet maker and horseracing fanatic, gets a call from the past, several in fact. If he’d only pick up his messages more often. An old client, one he doesn’t remember, wants to talk. Danny Mckillop is dead by the time Jack finds him.
The McKillop case is one from Jack’s drinking days and as he looks into the matter, guilt over having failed to represent the man properly, to question the confession, takes root and won’t let go.
This was a complex plot easily told. Jack Irish, who’s not Irish at all, delivers as a rough and tumble lawyer out running down the cold trail of a case no one wants dragged into the light. Great action and language, the secondary characters come to life. Very enjoyable story.
No, the narrator was bad and the story was worse.
Not if this is a good example of his writing.
Scott Brick is my favorite narrator but I don't think even he could save this book.
This is the first time I have ever put a book down without finishing it (print or audio). I am an avid audio book listener and, until now, I have always stayed with a bad book until the end in the hope that it would improve. I restarted this book twice because it wasn't holding my attention and my mind drifted. On my last attempt, I forced myself to keep listening until I was about halfway through and then finally gave up. There are so many good books and narrators out there that it doesn't make sense to waste this much time on a book that can't hold my interest.
This was a bit slow in the first half but first books in a series can do that. The rest of it was good and I like Jack Irish. I had a bit of trouble with the slang but I got the gist of it. I'll read another.
Loved the narrators voice.
reading is pure joy
The characters and the narrator's timing, timbre and accent.
more complex, less obvious plot; the reviewers that say it was disjointed confuse me -- yes it moved from different settings and characters but it was too obvious for me. Redeemed again by the read aloud and the characters.
Horses, houses and debts.
Book seems like it is being read as a child would read a book report aloud--quickly and without intonation. For us Americans, this makes understanding the Australian language quirks and colloquialisms difficult if not impossible. Jack Irish seems a shallow character who consistently deals with low-life, foul-mouthed Aussies. The differences in the "English" from ours give strange vibes--such as him "swooning" when touched by a woman. Because I can't stay interested in it, I find the plot difficult to follow, and have no real interest in doing so. Thank goodness I didn't spend a credit on this. I can see why it was on sale.
Less profanity and a more organized story.
The story was all over the place at points I had no idea what the heck was even going on.
Narrator was fine.
The basic plot of the story wasn't bad it just wasn't written well.
If you have nothing left to listen to and want to pass a few hours it may be worth a try but in the end it just wasn't something that I enjoyed.
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