It is with sad regret I heard today from Kerrie Smith (Mysteries in Paradise) that Peter Temple, the first crime writer to win Australia’s most significant literary award, the Miles Franklin, has died. He was 71.Temple died at home in Ballarat on Thursday. He had had cancer for the past six months, having dealt with a bout of the disease several years ago. He is survived by his wife Anita and his son Nicholas. (Source: The Age)
From Amazon: Peter Temple is the author of nine novels, including four books in the Jack Irish series. He has won the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction five times, and his widely acclaimed novels have been published in over twenty countries. “The Broken Shore” won the UK’s prestigious Duncan Lawrie Dagger for the best crime novel of 2007 and was made into an ABC telemovie in 2014. Truth won the 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award, the first time a crime writer has won an award of this caliber anywhere in the world. Temple’s first two novels “Bad Debts” and “Black Tide” have been made into films with Guy Pearce starring as Jack Irish.
He will be sorely missed. I would like to express my condolences to his family and friends.