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Truth | [Peter Temple]

Truth

Villani's life is his work. It is his identity, his calling, his touchstone. But now, over a few sweltering summer days, as fires burn across the state and his superiors and colleagues scheme and jostle, he finds all the certainties of his life are crumbling. Truth is a novel about a man, a family, a city. It is about violence, murder, love, corruption, honor and deceit. And it is about truth.
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Publisher's Summary

Here is the eagerly awaited sequel to the international best-selling The Broken Shore.

At the close of a long day, Inspector Stephen Villani stands in the bathroom of a luxury apartment high above the city. In the glass bath, a young woman lies dead, a panic button within reach. So begins the sequel to Peter Temple's best-selling masterpiece, The Broken Shore, winner of the Gold Dagger for Best Crime Award.

Villani's life is his work. It is his identity, his calling, his touchstone. But now, over a few sweltering summer days, as fires burn across the state and his superiors and colleagues scheme and jostle, he finds all the certainties of his life are crumbling. Truth is a novel about a man, a family, a city. It is about violence, murder, love, corruption, honor and deceit. And it is about truth.

©2009 The Text Publishing Co Australia.; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"...Truth is both confronting and electrifying. It is Temple's best book." - The Age

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    Evan Subiaco, Australia 01-18-10
    Evan Subiaco, Australia 01-18-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Masterpiece"

    If "The Broken Shore" was Temple's evolution from the world of hard-boiled crime fiction to poignant crime drama, then "Truth" is his evolution from poignant crime drama to crime epic masterpiece. No longer content with small settings and particular crimes, with "Truth" Temple takes on the institutions charged with fighting crimes - the police, state politics and the money men behind the politicians. What emerges is a complex narrative that follows the head of the Victorian state homicide unit as he tries to negotiate the continuance of his career amongst a crumbling family life and a case with too many political implications. "Truth" paints a very vivid portrait of the crime scene in Victoria, and those responsible for policing homicides - and in that way stands out far above its contemporaries in Australian crime fiction more interested in police procedurals or unstoppable private investigators. Highly recommended for those of you who watched and enjoyed "The Wire".

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mick Beaumaris, Australia 10-20-10
    Mick Beaumaris, Australia 10-20-10 Member Since 2010
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    "wonderful writing on every level"

    More than just a crime novel, this work is a literary classic. Beleivable characters, supurb plot but best of all, the most creative use of dialogue you could imagine. Temple says as much in a few words as others do in a chapter. Having driven for nearly 4 hours, I parked my car around the corner of my house and sat there listening to the last two hours of this book. Absolutely brilliant

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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