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.
Then prominent local Charles Bourgoyne is bashed and left for dead. Everything seems to point to three boys from the nearby Aboriginal community; everyone seems to want it to. But Cashin is unconvinced. And as tragedy unfolds relentlessly into tragedy, he finds himself holding onto something that might be better let go....
©2005 Peter Temple (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Temple just loves to switch between incredible finicky descriptions and extremely vague character interactions and plot developments. Too many characters to follow and the general dialogue can only be well understood by an extremely experienced scholar in Australian vernacular or a member of rural Australia. The narration was enough to stop me from throwing the book away but there were some misreads and two chapters missing.
After a closer inspection on the story, it was extremely predictable that Jamie Bourgoyne was involved in the Charles Bourgoyne's incident, given the fact that he allegedly drowned but no body was found.
Barely any emotion was able to be maintained throughout the entire book. There were rare but short lived moments, but not nearly enough to save Temple from this mess and confusion that somehow earned him praise and awards.
I found the story intriguing. I was haunted a little by the ending. The underlying humor in the banter between the main characters was a contrast to the darkness of the overall theme
"Not sure about this."
I did like the story and thought it was well written, but the prejudice sort of got to me. I'm not sure if I recommend it, but it wasn't a waste of money or time.
"A good listen to a good yarn."
Peter Temple does it again. Peter Hosking narrates well.
Listen to the preview.
Subject matter is of the creepy kind. Sort of a 'blokes' story that women also like. Good to listen to on a winter's night or while sun baking. .Just a good listen to a good yarn.
it was good lot of twists and turns good storyline
yes it keeps you guessing about where its going
peter hoskings performances are good i have had several books read by him the arthur upfield series for one very interresting reader
it makes you want to listen to more of the same characters in further storys like the jack irish ones
"Poor Story Teller"
Probably a good book but the actor who read this is plane awful - every character is virtually the same - it's probably the australian spoken word - just does not work
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