Used to the characters and the language used and enjoy being thrust into an age before we all became too Politically Correct. (The Australian ABC fil..Show More »ms do a grand job of bringing the stories to life.)
Peter Temple is winning awards from the Dagger, through Ned Kelly to Miles Franklin. Dead Point is Australian based and Melbourne centered. where it a..Show More »lmost 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.
Being a little old lady, sometimes bad language does deter me. Let us say that if the F and C words were omitted from the writer's vocabulary the book..Show More » would be a hood hour and a half shorter (probably no bad thing). The novel definitely demonstrates the corrupt seedy side of Australia - bogan to the core (most Aussies I know don't talk like that). The narrator did a good job though. This was my second Peter Temple, don't think my ears could cope with any more.