Last month, I announced my intention to read the entire backlist of the great Australian crime fiction author Peter Temple, writing retrospective reviews for the titles Booklist hadn’t already covered. (Many of his books weren’t available in the U.S. until Text Publishing, working with Consortium Distribution, made it happen last year.) After Bad Debts (1996), the first book in the short Jack Irish series, Temple published a stand-alone, An Iron Rose (1998). In my review, I tried to put my finger on what it is I like about Temple:
What makes Temple so great? Only his prose, characters, and plots. But really it’s his voice—or, to be more accurate, his voices. Whether it’s a landscaper needling his pompous employer or Faraday grappling with a dark realization (“I didn’t even remember whether I’d loved my wife”), Temple invests his characters’ thought, speech, and deeds with an arresting immediacy and freshness.
Intrigued? Read the full review. Or, better yet, read the book!
Next up: Black Tide (1999), the second Jack Irish book. I can’t wait to get started.