"He was closing in on me. I could hear his running foot-steps over the sound of my heart, of the blood in my ears, of my panting...."
Jack Irish - lawyer, gambler, and people-finder - is hunting down the villains who hijacked the winnings from his latest betting coup when he is hired by a mystery client to find missing barman Robbie Colbourne. But Robbie turns up dead of a drug overdose.
©2008 Peter Temple; (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing
"With its array of characters and subplots, the book is an excellent vehicle for narrator Michael Carman, whose effective use of tone permits listeners to keep track of all the characters without losing sight of the story." (AudioFile)
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
Peter Temple is winning awards from the Dagger, through Ned Kelly to Miles Franklin. Dead Point is Australian based and Melbourne centered. where it almost always rains unless it just drizzels wet air. This story is fiction but if you know anything about Australia, then police corruption with strong political links and very naughty boys are no invented props to spin a very good yarn.
Our hero, Jack Irish's family is not from the Emerald Isle but got their last name because Aussies could not pronounce their real surname.
Jack is a suburban solicitor who likes learning how to make quality furniture and has a few mates who like the horses and footy. From Judges, Kings of the Racetrack, to his Dad's old supporters in the local pub, to associates from the Vietnam War and the local cafe cook as well as to well known restaurants he is found and known to help resolve a few problems.
When things are quiet he sometimes collects debts, sometimes he finds people others want found. He has a sister and a daughter. He lives alone in a very trendy converted boot factory.
This is a good story and very well read.
Thoroughly enjoyed the book and expert use of language. Superbly read.
Can perhaps appreciate how some of the idiom might be be hard for some cultures ––however no worse than many of the "americanisms" with which we have to come to terms.
Hard to follow the language and the characters. I will have to listen again to figure out the ending.
Some of the words like bloks for guys and notes for dollar bills. I still was curious to how it was going to end. I believe it had 2 endings.
Peter Temple is just great in almost every respect. Jack Irish is the slightly lighter side, but no less enjoyable than a great desert is to to a gourmet entree. Plot, character, style, reader, dialogue, understated black humour, its all there for your listening pleasure. Give us more.
This was one of the hardest books to get through, rambling, disconnected, plodding. Take a miss.
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