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The Broken Shore

(The first book in the Broken Shore series)
A novel by

2007 CWA Gold Dagger
2007 John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger (shortlist)

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. Suspicion falls on three young men from the local Aboriginal community. But Cashin's not so sure and as the case unfolds amid simmering corruption and prejudice, he finds himself holding on to something that it might be better to let go. The relentless story of a town with a hidden past versus a man who is trying to forget his, "The Broken Shore" delivers powerful, lean writing, pumping more muscle and feeling into one paragraph than other writers can muster in a page. A masterpiece of insight and passion, Peter Temple's UK debut announces the arrival of a talent to rival Michael Connelly and Ian Rankin.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"This is crime writing at its very best, discovering Peter Temple has been the highlight of my year." - Mark Billingham

"The Broken Shore by Peter Temple is a great discovery... I was fully taken in by this book." - Michael Connelly

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