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 ..Show More »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.
If "The Broken Shore" was Temple's evolution from the world of hard-boiled crime fiction to poignant crime drama, then "Truth" is ..Show More »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".
The narrator, Michael Carman, is really not cut out to read audio books, especially not ones written by Peter Temple. Temple is a writer who doesn't w..Show More »aste words, or dialogue tags. This isn't a problem if you are reading on the page; the formatting will tell you who's speaking and when there is a flashback, etc. But when you are listening, you need a way of knowing when there's a shift. That's not happening here.
This narrator is so limited in the voices he can do that everything sounded the same: the narrative, the protagonist, all men the protag was having conversations with. I have never been so lost in a book in my life. To make matters worse, I had just listened to the same author's book Broken Shore, which was stellar, and the reader, Peter Hosking, was phenomenal. He enhanced a great book whereas the reader of Truth detracted from the story so badly that, although I stuck it through to the end, it was a huge (and confusing) disappointment. Such a shame because Peter Temple is a superb storyteller and a wonderful prose master.