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The Broken Shore | [Peter Temple]

The Broken Shore

Shaken by a scrape with death, big-city detective Joe Cashin is posted away from the homicide squad to the quiet town on the South Australian coast where he grew up. Carrying physical scars and not 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 and left for dead in his own home, Cashin is thrust into what becomes a murder investigation.
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Publisher's Summary

Shaken by a scrape with death, big-city detective Joe Cashin is posted away from the homicide squad to the quiet town on the South Australian coast where he grew up. Carrying physical scars and not 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 and left for dead in his own home, Cashin is thrust into what becomes a murder investigation. The evidence points to three boys from the nearby aboriginal community, whom everyone seems to want to blame. But Cashin is unconvinced and soon begins to see the outlines of something far more terrible than a burglary gone wrong.

Winner of the Ned Kelly Award, Australia's major prize for crime fiction, The Broken Shore is a transfixing novel about a place, a family, politics, and power - and the need to live decently in a world where so much is rotten.

©2005 Peter Temple; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A towering achievement....Indispensable." (Guardian)
"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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    John Shoreline, WA, USA 12-31-07
    John Shoreline, WA, USA 12-31-07
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    "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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Lafayette, CA, United States 07-18-09
    Kathleen Lafayette, CA, United States 07-18-09 Member Since 2004
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    "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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Janet H. Maddox Atlanta, GA 07-01-12
    Janet H. Maddox Atlanta, GA 07-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "authentically Australian"
    What did you love best about The Broken Shore?

    An excellent story, a sympathetic and intriguing main character, and authentic Australian atmosphere - well written and well read.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lucido Livonia, NY, United States 03-29-12
    Lucido Livonia, NY, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Narrator Enhances a Terrific Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Broken Shore to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narrator brought so much to the table. I really loved his work. That said, Peter Temple is a true prose master and anything he writes is a pleasure to read. But Mr Hosking really brought it to life. I will be on the lookout for more audiobooks read by him.


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

    Yes! And I rewound many times to savor Hosking's reading or Temple's lovely prose.


    Any additional comments?

    Really confused as to why some other reviewers claimed the Australian accent was hard to understand. I am American and I completely disagree. There was some Aussie slang I didn't know and had to look up, but it had nothing to do with Mr. Hosking's reading. He was a joy to listen to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Plainfield, VT, United States 09-02-08
    Rebecca Plainfield, VT, United States 09-02-08 Member Since 2006
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    "A good summer read"

    On the whole I liked this book. I found it rather a slow starter, and some of the rather crude local characters and language did not appeal to me. However, over all, it had a solid plot and was engaging, I wouldnt say this is an absolute must download book, but if you are looking for a good 'on the beach' read this summer, then I would recommend it. I would have scored it 3.5 rather than 4 if that had been possible.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Beverly Shores, IN, United States 11-24-13
    Denise Beverly Shores, IN, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2008

    A journalist and a screenwriter for 20 years, now a playwright and a reader. I am an audible activist. I try to "enable" new listeners.

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    "PERFECT MATCH"

    PETER TEMPLE IS ONE OF MY NEW FAVORITE "DETECTIVE" WRITERS. HE'S SMART, INSIGHTFUL, AND READING HIM IS LIKE A TRIP TO THE INNARDS OF CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN LIFE. PETER HOSKING READS IT LIKE HE JUST THOUGHT IT UP. FABULOUS.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JAK PORTSMOUTH, NH, United States 02-11-13
    JAK PORTSMOUTH, NH, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you listen to The Broken Shore again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to it again because that is a waste of time and a stupid question.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and the way the author conveys various types of Aussie personality.


    What about Peter Hosking’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narration throughout. Very good with the slight distinctions it takes to indicate different characters without overdoing it. Also very good with hitting the Aussie accent without overdoing it.


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

    Not necessarily. But mostly because I listen while driving and I'm not expecting to have that chance. But the story is certainly good enough to do so.


    Any additional comments?

    Good entertainment overall.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonna Austin, TX, United States 02-20-14
    Rhonna Austin, TX, United States 02-20-14
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    "Disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I wanted to learn about Australia prior to my trip & read tourism books, histories & fiction. I didn't learn much about Australia from this hard boiled action driven book except some lingo that I probably would never use.


    What could Peter Temple have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This is perfect for readers looking for a fighting beat up, but likable detective. This type of book, tv show or movie bores me. I did not find originality.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    barbara arlington, ma USA 10-14-13
    barbara arlington, ma USA 10-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Slow to build, tricky to listen to"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved listening to the Aussie accent, and I gave this book my full attention, but it was tricky and at times difficult to listen to. Peter Temple writes prose in small, clipped phrases as opposed to fully grammatical sentence structure, and the Aussie uplift at the end of each phrase made it a little difficult to follow a narrative arc. At times I felt I was being pelted by phrases. I really had to work at it. Combine that with a novel whose first 4-6 hours of listening were only setting the stage for the major plot developments, which finally began to pick up speed and weaves together in the last 2 hours of listening--I needed a lot of patience and concentration. At times, I felt that I was listening to a book in a foreign language--I missed a number of Aussie-localized references and humor. And unfortunately I found the grotesqueries over-the-top, unbelievable, and sensationalized. Having said that, I gave it my best shot and listened all the way through, so that must mean something, but I don't think I'll have the energy for another Peter Temple book for quite awhile.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mk Orland, CA, United States 01-15-13
    mk Orland, CA, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Read!"

    Broken shore started slow, but midway the pace picked up. I enjoyed the book and wish it would become a series. The only drawback was the narrator, but not his fault. I had a difficult time understanding him.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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