Our colleague the Art Maven gave us her slightly used copy of Peter Temple’s Australian crime novel The Broken Shore a few weeks ago with her recommendation. Our late friend the Brooklyn Novelist told us years ago that we should read anything Australian because they were writing the pants off everyone else. This was indeed a good one, preferable, we think, to the onslaught of bleak Scandinavians everyone’s so crazy about. What we only just now connected is that Temple wrote the Jack Irish books that have turned out to make such good television.
Embarrassing footnote: not a single Temple in the ML collection. Have to fix that.