[an Inspector Stephen Villani Novel]

Book - 2010
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From the author of the highly acclaimed and prize-winning The Broken Shore comes another extraordinary achievement. Truth is about a man, a family, a city. It is about violence, murder, love, corruption, honour, deceit - and truth.

PETER TEMPLE moves into the territory of The Bonfire of the Vanities and J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace with a masterpiece of modern fiction. 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 reach.

So begins Truth , the sequel to Peter Temple's bestselling masterpiece, The Broken Shore , winner of the Duncan Lawrie Dagger for Best Crime Novel. Villani'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 crumbling.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2010.
ISBN: 9780307358851
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY TEM


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Liesel_C Mar 08, 2017

The sequel to the award-winning Australian novel "The Broken Shore". A patchwork of past and present crimes, family secrets, and political corruption.

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Apr 06, 2017

Reading over the other reviews I went, "Phew, it wasn't just me who was confused over who was who." I enjoyed the book but found myself losing the plot as the dialogue between characters was a little too cryptic at times to follow.

Jan 06, 2015

I enjoyed this book! Good story!

Oct 01, 2014

I have read Temple's Jack Irish books--all excellent--and seen the TV movies starring Guy Pearce, which are also excellent. I've read The Broken Shore--very good--and watched the TV movie of it starring Don Hany--also very good. Maybe if they made a movie of Truth it would be easier to understand the book. The minor threads--Villani's dad and siblings and the trees the dad and Villani planted, and the saga of Villani's addict daughter--are easy enough to track, but the rest of it has too many names and too little explanation, and too much minimalist dialogue and slang.

Aug 02, 2012

A caricature and not readable.

Nov 03, 2010

Sequel to "the Broken Shore" which was a great book. This one? Not as great. Some of the same characters drift in & out of the plot, although not enough Joe Cashin in my view.
Villani is an interesting if troubled detective who must try to keep many balls in the air, personal & professional. My problem was with the language. I can't help but feel I missed out on alot of the meanings & social references as I found it difficult to understand the dialogue in their local vernacular (need an "Australian to Canadian English" dictionary). It takes awhile to get into it but has an interesting end which leaves things wide open for the next in the series.

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