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Truth Setting Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Having read the first in this series, I was really looking forward to continuing Joe Cashin s story However, this book was about a different officer, Inspector Stephen Villani, as he investigates the murder of a prostitute whose body has been found in the bathroom of a luxury apartment in a prestigious new development Stephen has a complicated relationship with his father and brothers which is gone into in some detail and a difficult relationship with Setting Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Having read the first in this series, I was really looking forward to continuing Joe Cashin s story However, this book was about a different officer, Inspector Stephen Villani, as he investigates the murder of a prostitute whose body has been found in the bathroom of a luxury apartment in a prestigious new development Stephen has a complicated relationship with his father and brothers which is gone into in some detail and a difficult relationship with his wife and 15 year old daughter, who is mixing with the wrong crowd Against this backdrop of his personal problems, Villani must investigate the murder of the prostitute and another incident involving the torture and murder of three gang members but his senior officers and several politicians and respectable businessmen are reluctant to let him continue his investigations, especially into the murder casting a dark shadow over the apartment development Whilst I really enjoyed the first book, I found this one very hard going The different characters and their relationship to one another were confusing and the story kept jumping back and forth in time without it being clear this was happening The story was also told in very staccato sentences, which I found difficult to fathom at times so, although the ending was okay, I didn t enjoy it as much as the first book 6 10 Inspector Stephen Villani stands in a luxury apartment, a young woman dead in the bath He finds certainties of his life crumbling after the discovery of this murder His four months as the acting head of the Victoria Police homicide squad have not gone well first, two Aboriginal teenagers are shot dead and there is also no progress on the killing of a man in front of his daughter A novel about murder, corruption, treachery and ultimately the Truth.I didn t realise this was the sequel to The B Inspector Stephen Villani stands in a luxury apartment, a young woman dead in the bath He finds certainties of his life crumbling after the discovery of this murder His four months as the acting head of the Victoria Police homicide squad have not gone well first, two Aboriginal teenagers are shot dead and there is also no progress on the killing of a man in front of his daughter A novel about murder, corruption, treachery and ultimately the Truth.I didn t realise this was the sequel to The Broken Shore when I started this novel but seeing Inspector Stephen Villani was only a minor character in the first book I thought it was ok to continue But I wonder if I should have read them in order, because Truth never really clicked with me.The novel was very difficult to read and hold my attention the flashbacks, the sheer amount of characters and attempts at complexity made it really difficult to know what is what in this novel It tried to be a gritty police procedural with some political aspects but never really seemed to click While the main plot could have worked well, the flashbacks and cast size turned this book into a difficult book.I m surprised this book won the Miles Franklin award I know a lot of people that loved The Broken Shore and hated this book so I can t help but wonder if this book won based on the love of its predecessor It was interesting to see Peter Temple s character Jack Irish making an appearance in the book.I just don t see the appeal to this book but it wasn t the writing style that made this book so hard to read While this is the first Peter Temple book I ve read, I can see why he is one of Australia s better crime writers I will try The Broken Shore sometime just to see why one was so loved and this one was so hated.this review originally appeared on my blog At the close of a long day, Inspector Stephen Villani stands in the bathroom of a luxury apartment high above the city In the glass bath, a young woman lies dead, a panic button within reachVillani 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 crumblingTruth is a novel about a man, a family, a city It is about violence, murder, love, corruption, honour and deceit And it is about truth Stephen Villani is no angel He is many things, but the most important thing to him is that he is the head of homicide in Melbourne, Australia.This book is his story and who he is, where he came from, and how he got there It is , but that is the loooong and short of it Lots of information about politics in Austraila, and within the police ranks It is several murder mysteries all wrapped up together and around Villani and his police cronies, upper bosses, former cops, his family, his fathe Stephen Villani is no angel He is many things, but the most important thing to him is that he is the head of homicide in Melbourne, Australia.This book is his story and who he is, where he came from, and how he got there It is , but that is the loooong and short of it Lots of information about politics in Austraila, and within the police ranks It is several murder mysteries all wrapped up together and around Villani and his police cronies, upper bosses, former cops, his family, his father and brothers, a fire, and a political reporter The story stops and starts as it follows him around and delves into his thoughts and feelings, and his past It takes place in what seems to be the present but so much happens and has happened that it was a little hard for me to keep up at times My problem with keeping up is my lack of understanding fluent Australian The dialogue left me scratching my head too many times The glossary helped, but not enough.Not that I do not understand it, but here is a dialogue example from the book Be grateful people are looking out for you Villani did not feel grateful I m grateful, he said Yeah Searle s the worry here, he d like to see me buried Whole Searle family d have a wakey My distinction is, I punched out two Searles in one fight, this cunt s old man and his uncle, two weaker dogs you never saw Know that Yes, boss Everyone on the job knew it, it was legend From never speaking of it, Colby had now told the story five or six times in the last year Not a good sign Collingwood, of course, said Colby Fucking over the slopes, that was the Searle speciality Kings of Richmond, lords of Saturn Bay, there even the mozzies obey them and the tradies build their houses out of stuff stolen off building sites He coughed I gather you ve carried on Singleton s policy of treating Searle like dogshit He is dogshit No arguement on facts, your honour The point is I hear the squatter s wife s told the vermin he s her pick for media boss Subject to performance You with me Boss Pointing What s the red Old bloke hit me said Villani Colby blinked at him Not still doing that shit boxing Villani shrugged Why don t you go for a fucking walk in King Street People will hit you for nothing At the end of the book, I decided that I liked Steve Not as much as I liked the main character in the first book, Joe Cashin, but well enough I have a pretty good grasp of his homicide inspectors and who they are to Steve Villani If there is going to be another book, I will be reading it A tough story from the Melbourne Homicide Squad a mysterious murder of a young prostitute and a gangland style killing of three men Massive political intrigue within the force and outside as well with elections pending and major investors circling some new schemes The dialogue is hard bitten and tough throughout as personal tragedy hits Steve Villani, the Chief of Homicide Great book. Here is an author with a rich talent, a writer to compare with James Ellroy and his tough, taut LA prose Temple writes with a rare clarity that grabs and holds from the start There is no meandering here, no cluttering of precious words each one hits the mark.Truth succeeds as a well paced, most engaging crime novel, a world class effort It is also one of the best pieces of modern Australian fiction this decade, if not for many decades Courier MailI hold him in the highest regard as a wriHere is an author with a rich talent, a writer to compare with James Ellroy and his tough, taut LA prose Temple writes with a rare clarity that grabs and holds from the start There is no meandering here, no cluttering of precious words each one hits the mark.Truth succeeds as a well paced, most engaging crime novel, a world class effort It is also one of the best pieces of modern Australian fiction this decade, if not for many decades Courier MailI hold him in the highest regard as a writer, both in terms of his choice and control of subject matter and his use of language, which is direct and, where necessary, evocative John HarveyPeter Temple is arguably our leading writer of crime fiction, if not one of Australia s best novelists regardless of genre.This is a complex, multi layered novel that weaves together past and present crimes with intricate family relationships and the smell of political corruption Temple reveals the unpleasant underside of Melbourne s bright facades Fans of good fiction can rejoice the king of Australian crime is back and in exceedingly good form Canberra TimesTemple writes superbly with great visual acuity and moral intelligence He can twist a lifetime of loss or a career s worth of camaraderie around a few elliptical exchanges of police business and his spare, terse prose is lightened with images full of a quirky, unselfconscious poetry Adelaide AdvertiserWe have some astonishingly talented genre writers in Australia But if any single author is likely to break through the parchment ceiling, Peter Temple is the one The Broken Shoreand Truthare to crime what Phoenix and Janus were to police drama on television Temple s prose is terse and potent, with all the torque of a truck engine.It s one to savour Australian Financial ReviewTemple is Australia s premier crime writer because his skill is words His characters are convincingly established and his observations of Melbourne s manners, milieus and s are spot on as soon as I put it down I wanted to read it again Herald SunTemple s writing has never beenprecise or telegraphic Truthis both confronting and electrifying It is Temple s best book AgeBooks come and go The lesser ones automatically take themselves off to the great rubbish bin in the brain, but the really, really good ones get stuck there Peter Temple s latest book, Truth , is one that sticks Story, style, suspense, supremely good use of punctuation all the facets of Temple s latest gem make an indelible impression..Absent mothers, unspoken tensions, family secrets all hover like shadows over this story, as Temple prods the awkward beauty of men s emotions, however deeply buried they can be It is mesmerizing reading, and the tension he builds is so intense that as you make it to the final chapters you almost have to take the book in doses It s potent stuff, and it marks Peter Temple as one of our greatest writers, regardless of genre Sunday TelegraphTemple s characters are complex, his plots complicated, his world smudged if not outright dirty You want a mindless beach read Skip this You want to be bitch slapped into full attention by a master Come ahead Head Butler Have you ever liked a book but not been able to put your finger on exactly why you liked it This was that book for me About a year and a half ago, a friend of mine had told me about another book written by Peter Temple titled The Broken Shore I read that book, and liked the characters and stories At the time, she told me that this book was coming out and that it had some of the same characters in it As a result, I have waited for this book to come out for a long time Mr Temple is an Austr Have you ever liked a book but not been able to put your finger on exactly why you liked it This was that book for me About a year and a half ago, a friend of mine had told me about another book written by Peter Temple titled The Broken Shore I read that book, and liked the characters and stories At the time, she told me that this book was coming out and that it had some of the same characters in it As a result, I have waited for this book to come out for a long time Mr Temple is an Australian author, so this book came out in Australia quite a while ago In fact, it has won a couple of award in the country so far Unfortunately, Mr Temple is not really a well known author in the US, so it took quite a while for the book to come out here Finally, in May 2010 it was published in the US and I immediately put myself on the list at my local library Once the book finally arrived, imagine my dismay in finding out that the main character in this book was a relatively minor character in The Broken Shore, and in fact, he was the character that I liked the least in that story Stephen Villani is the hard boiled head of Homicide in Melbourne, Australia His life is a mess, he curses every other word, he is not in any way a sympathetic character Imagine my surprise when I began to like him In fact, his flaws and foibles were what I liked about him He was the perfect character to illustrate the many pitfalls and drawbacks to working in a the police department of a large city In addition, the story, which at first seemed disjointed, turned out to be a wonderfully layered story that dovetailed to the appropriate ending This was not your typical good guy vs bad guy story In fact, throughout the book my opinion of which characters were on which sides of the line kept changing Around the background of a story about two seemingly unrelated murders being investigated by the Homicide Department of the Melbourne Police is a wonderful story about power hungry politicians, government corruption, and the pitfalls of trying to work within the system to actually bring justice for the victims and to the criminals We will just say that this is not your typical the cops are the good guys story, which made the story grow on me theI read This book was suppose to be a sequel to The Broken Shore but I found it very disappointing I was hoping to find some answers about Cashin but he only had a small cameo appearance in the book and the main character in Truth had a small bit part in The Broken Shore So it isn t my idea of a sequel.Now lets get onto the dissection of the the crime part of the crime novel Well, yes there is a gruesome crime that occurs but the book isconcerned about the main characters relationship with hi This book was suppose to be a sequel to The Broken Shore but I found it very disappointing I was hoping to find some answers about Cashin but he only had a small cameo appearance in the book and the main character in Truth had a small bit part in The Broken Shore So it isn t my idea of a sequel.Now lets get onto the dissection of the the crime part of the crime novel Well, yes there is a gruesome crime that occurs but the book isconcerned about the main characters relationship with his wife, his children, his mistress, his father and finally his brothers The book is so jammed packed with all of this other stuff that it actually has no real plot and the investigation of the crime feels secondary to everything else in the book.As I am only just getting into the crime novel scene I was really disappointed with this one The author jumps all over the place and sometimes I found myself stopping and thinking did I just miss something here And then had to skim back over the pages just to be sure No, it is the book The language slang was also hard to follow, even for an Australian So, sorry, I really didn t like the book much at all There s a very good reason critics have been falling over themselves to praise Peter Temple s new novel, Truth it s sublime.It s not often I read the last page of a book, close the cover and use an expletive to express how good it was The colourful language was partially a flow on of the abundance of profanity in the book, and mostly the fact it really was the best way to describe how impressed I was.Temple is a master at fusing literary and genre writing Truth is a gritty page turning crim There s a very good reason critics have been falling over themselves to praise Peter Temple s new novel, Truth it s sublime.It s not often I read the last page of a book, close the cover and use an expletive to express how good it was The colourful language was partially a flow on of the abundance of profanity in the book, and mostly the fact it really was the best way to describe how impressed I was.Temple is a master at fusing literary and genre writing Truth is a gritty page turning crime novel It s also a surprisingly moving study of the frailty of machismo The Australian Review s Peter Craven said last year that The Broken Shore is a crime novel the way Cormac McCarthy s All the Pretty Horses is a western.Truth has been described as sequel of sorts to Temple s award winning 2005 novel, The Broken Shore But while it features some of the same characters and even gives a nod to his earlier fictional creation, Jack Irish , it can be read as a stand alone story.The central character is Stephen Villani, a peripheral character in The Broken Shore, who is now the head of Homicide for the much maligned Victorian Police Over a few scorching summer days, Villani must face personal and professional crises as he simultaneously deals with a series of brutal murders, corruption in his own ranks, and the disintegration of his family, all while bushfires bear down on Melbourne.It all starts with the murder of a young woman in the city s newest luxury high rise, followed by horrific torture killings of three hard core drug dealing criminals As Villani and his fractured team investigate, he finds himself heading into murky political waters.Villani s world is populated by politicians on the knife edge, charismatic entrepreneurs, well connected journalists and seedy underbelly criminals.For those unfamiliar with Temple s sparse prose, it can take time to settle into his rhythm and storytelling style.As a reader, you just have to dive in and hang on, even if you have no idea who s in a particular scene or even why He s a realist in the true sense In reality, we don t have internal monologue to provide exposition, and so it is with his characters But patience is rewarded often spectacularly.Although there are crimes to be solved and Temple gets to them he s primarily concerned with Villani s personal challenges Truth is about fathers and sons, and damaged relationships It s about hard men and the frailty inherent in them It s about authority and power, and the way men measure each other and demand respect.When it comes to dialogue, Temple is a master So much is conveyed with so few words Villani, in particular gets some wonderfully wry lines.When he asks his offsider, Bickerts about wellness spas, the detective replies Respect your body Think positive thoughts Live in the moment Villani What if the moment is absolutely shit Or when the forensics guy gives his report about a crime scene Man near entrance is shot in the head at close range from behind The other two, multiple stab wounds, genitals severed, other injuries Also head and pubic hair ignited, shot, muzzle in mouth Three bullets recovered, 45 calibre Villani So you can t rule out an accident There are definitely a lot of characters too many, to be honest but every one and every piece of information provided is important Nothing here is superfluous to the story All the dots connect in the end And brilliantly so.Melbourne s politicians, media and police hardly come up shining and recent headlines make the bleak picture painted in Truth all thedisturbing , and yet Temple offers redemption for drug crippled city in the form of honest, if not heavily flawed, men and women.Truth had me marveling at its cleverness and honesty, and left me with a great sense of satisfaction at how it all came together As mentioned earlier, it also left me foul mouthed for a day or two Villani and his mates certainly don t talk sweetly to each other.I loved the Jack Irish series particularly Temple s debut Bad Debts , and enjoyed The Broken Shore, but Truth is now without question my favourite novel, from one of my favourite authors Truth is one of those crime books written for the literature set, the people who couldn t possibly read a genre novel normally, and as such it can get away with being completely obvious and drawing on every cliche plot point it feels like Of course there s an obligatory happy ending too to make them all feel real good about themselves for getting to the end of such a strong award winning deconstruction of what ails modern Australia.Peter Temple is clearly a good writer, and Truth is a strong Truth is one of those crime books written for the literature set, the people who couldn t possibly read a genre novel normally, and as such it can get away with being completely obvious and drawing on every cliche plot point it feels like Of course there s an obligatory happy ending too to make them all feel real good about themselves for getting to the end of such a strong award winning deconstruction of what ails modern Australia.Peter Temple is clearly a good writer, and Truth is a strong novel with an interesting voice and protagonist, but great crime fiction takes chances, leaves the reader questioning the plot, wondering exactly what s wrong with the protagonist, and whether this is going to be one of those existential dilemmas from which there is only the inevitable moment when Sterling Hayden sees his suitcase of stolen money break open on an airport runway and gives up trying to escape the police to look forward to.There is an air of inevitability surrounding Truth, as Temple piles up layer after layer of typical plot fire threatened house, corrupt officials, disintegrating family unit, rich businessmen certain of their power to circumvent the law, drug addict daughter, etc etc etc etc even if you ve read only a few crime novels you know where this novel is going from the start and Temple leads you on this journey which you accept with hesitance because you re enjoying the scenery all the same, only for the most undeserved happy ending you can think of to come along and wrap things up nicely view spoiler You have a corrupt cop as a protagonist and NOTHING BAD HAPPENS TO HIM His adopted daughter who he constantly talks about not actually caring for dies, but he gets a promotion and his corruption gets swept under the carpet as if it s nothing acceptable for all concerned when moments before you re led to believe that it s time for him to literally bite the bullet, phew that s a relief for good old boy Steve Villani hide spoiler This is unforgivable as far as I m concerned and I will NEVER read another Peter Temple book


About the Author: Peter Temple

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformation Peter Temple is an Australian crime fiction writer.Formerly a journalist and journalism lecturer, Temple turned to fiction writing in the 1990s His Jack Irish novels Bad Debts, Black Tide, Dead Point, and White Dog are set in Melbourne, Australia, and feature an unusual lawyer gambler protagonist He has also written three stand alone novels An Iron Rose, Shooting Star, In the Evil Day Identity Theory in the US , as well as The Broken Shore and its sequel, Truth He has won five Ned Kelly Awards for crime fiction, the most recent in 2006 for The Broken Shore, which also won the Colin Roderick Award for best Australian book and the Australian Book Publishers Award for best general fiction The Broken Shore also won the Crime Writers Association Duncan Lawrie Dagger in 2007 Temple is the first Australian to win a Gold Dagger.


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