Broken Shore

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 265 ratings

The Broken Shore 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.
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  • Book 1

    • The Broken Shore

    • By: Peter Temple
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 83

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Taut, Complex in Every Way Fantastic Listen

    • By Kathleen on 07-18-09

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Broken Shore

    • By: Peter Temple
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Joe Cashin was different once. He moved easily then; was surer and less thoughtful. But there are consequences when you’ve come so close to dying. For Cashin, they included a posting away from the world of Homicide to the quiet place on the coast where he grew up. Now all he has to do is play the country cop and walk the dogs. And sometimes think about how he was before. But then prominent local Charles Bourgoyne is bashed and left for dead....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not sure about this.

    • By Carol on 03-18-12

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    • The Broken Shore

    • By: Peter Temple
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Broken by his last case, homicide detective Joe Cashin has fled the city and returned to his hometown to run its one-man police station while his wounds heal and the nightmares fade. He lives a quiet life with his two dogs in the tumbledown wreck his family home has become. It's a peaceful existence - ideal for the rehabilitating man. But his recovery is rudely interrupted by a brutal attack on Charles Bourgoyne, a prominent member of the local community.

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  • Book 2

    • Truth

    • By: Peter Temple
    • Narrated by: Michael Carman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Masterpiece

    • By Evan on 01-18-10

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    • Truth

    • A Novel
    • By: Peter Temple
    • Narrated by: Michael Carman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    Inspector Stephen Villani, head of homicide in Melbourne, Australia, has a full agenda: a murdered woman in a penthouse apartment, three men butchered in a sadistic rampage, a tattoo-faced drug dealer corrupting his rebellious daughter, and a crumbling marriage. As these seemingly unrelated events begin to unfold, Villani finds himself immersed in an unfamiliar world of political scandal and ethical ambiguity.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Slow

    • By Aaron on 08-21-14

    Regular price: $20.97