The Broken Shore

The Broken Shore

Book - 2005
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Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction (Australia)

Joe Cashin was different once. He moved easily then. He 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 beaten 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.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2005.
ISBN: 9780307355713
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY TEM


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Jan 06, 2015

Excellent story! I recommend it!

Dec 10, 2013

The Broken Shore by Peter Temple is a above-average police procedural that had me engrossed for days. The plot unfolds slowly but the style and sense of place were riveting. The author doles out information, letting the reader slowly put the facts together both on the main character's back story and with the investigation. I have a feeling that this story with it’s racial tensions, corruption at various levels and such a dark view on humanity in general is one that would be familiar in many countries.

Jul 28, 2013

Interesting...found it a bit hard to read with views of aboriginal people depiction. Counter balance is The Rabbit Proof Fence for reality. Very much like reading about other than US locations.

hgeng63 Feb 07, 2013

I bet when this bk came out in 2007 it was a real shocker. Other titles, though, like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, have superceded it. I found the Australian "atmosphere" a bit thin.

Nov 28, 2012

Joe Cashin is a terrific character- really enjoyed the setting and the writing.

Aug 02, 2012

This crime story is set in Victoria, Australia and written in the "hard boiled" style. It politics concerning aboriginal people in Australia are OK.

May 30, 2012

I'm glad I ran across this book because it is a top notch mystery, a compelling story.

Cdnbookworm Jan 13, 2012

Joe Cashin has had bad experiences in his Melbourne police career recently and come close to death. Subsequently he has been posted to the quiet coastal community he grew up in. When a prominent local is killed, three local aboriginal boys are fingered for the crime, but Cashin doesn't believe it is that straightforward. It would be easy for him to go along with this story, but even as the deaths pile up, he moves forward in a different direction, searching for the truth.
Cashin is a man who has lived a difficult life, whose father died when he was young, who cares about people, and has a strong moral centre. This makes for a very interesting character.
We see him develop and the characters around him are also interesting. The plot is complex, yet never hard to accept. A great and gripping mystery with many facets.

Sep 22, 2011

I love the way this author develops the sense of place.

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