Peter Temple – Dead Point

This is my contribution to the 2010 Global Reading Challenge (Australia)

Temple, P. Dead Point. First published in Great Britain in 2007 by Quercus. This edition pubished in 2008 by Quercus. 378 pages. ISBN: 978-1-84724-572-4.

Dead Point is the third book in Peter Temple’s Jack Irish series. The main character, a former urban solicitor, has not recovered yet from the loss of his wife some years ago when a client shot her. He has now set up a non-criminal practice in Fitzroy (Melbourne) and usually finds himself employed to find people. But his main interest is racehorse betting, football and manual work. He does help a local furniture maker.

In Dead Point we find Jack employed to find a part time barman, Robbie Colburne, but he does not make much progress. When Colburne is found dead of a drug overdose, the police will close the case. But, at this point, Jack will look more closely into the case and he will get involved in a more complex intrigue than what he can expect.

Jack Irish is quite an interesting character; the plot is pretty well developed and the book is very well written with good dialogs. All together it makes an amazing reading. However it is not an easy book to read and it demands all our attention not to loose track of what’s going on. A great many number of secondary characters show up and we can easily get lost until a later stage when we discover their role, although some may not play a significant one. The action jumps from one place to another continuously and at a terrible speed, but that enhance our interest in the plot. One thing is for sure we will not get bored and will be forced to turn in another page. If one gets trapped in the game, you will certainly find it an amusing reading.

South African-born Peter Temple (1946) has won five times Australia’s Ned Kelly Award, the last one in 2006 for The Broken Shore (2005) who also won the Duncan Lawrie Dagger in 2007. A former journalist, editor and lecturer, he turned into fiction writer in 1995. He published his first novel, Bad Debts, which introduced Jack Irish, in 1996, the rest of the series include Black Tide (1999), Dead Point (2000) and White Dog (2003). He has also written five stand-alone novels, An Iron Rose (1998), Shooting Star (1999), In the Evil Day aka Identity Theory (2002), The Broken Shore (2005) and Truth (2009).

See also:
Dead Point – Peter Temple Reviewed by James Mitchell
Detectives Beyond Borders
Petrona
Australian Crime Fiction Database

>News about Jo Nesbø

>Have received today from Salomonsson Agency the following information:

1. Nemesis (Harry Hole #4) is nominated for an Edgar© for Best Novel of the Year 2010.

2. The Leopard (Harry Hole #8) was published in Norway in September, and became the No.1 bestselling novel in Norway in 2009, outselling Dan Brown and Henning Mankell by far. The Leopard will be out in Germany next month. This is a short introduction: “Two women are found murdered in Oslo – both of them have drowned in their own blood. What mystifies the police, is that the puncture wounds in the victim’s faces have been caused from the inside of their mouths. Kaja Solness from Oslo Homicide is sent to Hong Kong to track down a man that is the Oslo Police Department’s only specialist on serial killings. The severely addicted detective has tried to disappear in the vast, anonymous city. He is on the run and haunted by his last case, the woman he loves, and creditors alike. His name is Harry Hole.

3. Jo Nesbø also writes children’s fiction, and his debut in that genre, Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder was published in the US in January 2010, and received excellent reviews. Right now, Jo is in Thailand, working on the third book in the Doctor Proctor series.

For more information visit Jo Nesbø Official Website

Dennis Lehane – Shutter Island

Entre las novedades que nos acaban de llegar, Un cadáver en mi blog un más que interesante blog, destaca la publicación en España de la última novela de Dennis Lehane, de título Cualquier otro día. Me señala además que Lehane es imprescindible aunque en esta ocasión lo que nos ofrezca sea un tocho de 700 páginas …

Mi conocimiento de Lehane, como de tantos otros autores es muy limitado. Sólo conozco Mystic River, la película que dirigió Clint Eastwood, basada en su libro del mismo título. La película me gustó mucho y viniendo la sugerencia de quien viene, con quien comparto admiración por Michael Connelly, no voy a dejarla en saco roto. En consecuencia incluyo a Lehane entre mis próximas lecturas.

Por cierto que otra novela suya Shutter Island ha sido llevada al cine, dirigida por Martin Scorsese. Se estrenará en España el próximo 19 de febrero. La película Shutter Island.

Para abrir boca aquí os dejo dos interesantes artículos publicados en Babelia la semana pasada:
La furia y la ironía de Lehane de Enric González y Peregrinaje negro de Rosa Mora.