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Bitter Wash Road - Garry Disher

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When Hirsch heads up Bitter Wash Road to investigate the gunfire he finds himself cut off without back-up. A pair of thrill killers has been targeting isolated farmhouses on lonely backroads, but Hirsch’s first thought is that ‘back-up’ is nearby—and about to put a bullet in him.

That’s because Hirsch is a whistleblower. Formerly a promising metropolitan officer, now demoted and exiled to a one-cop station in South Australia’s wheatbelt. Called a dog by his brother officers. Threats; pistol cartridge in the mailbox.

But the shots on Bitter Wash Road don’t tally with Hirsch’s assumptions. The truth turns out to be a lot more mundane. And the events that unfold subsequently, a hell of a lot more sinister.

About the Author

Garry Disher has published almost fifty titles—fiction, children’s books, anthologies, textbooks, the Wyatt thrillers and the Mornington Peninsula mysteries. He has won numerous awards, including the German Crime Prize (twice) and two Ned Kelly Best Crime Novel awards, for Chain of Evidence (2007) and Wyatt (2010). Garry lives on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

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      5.0

      Ripper Read

      By LizzyJ

      from Victoria, AU

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      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Page-Turner
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          I have been a long time admirer of Garry Disher's writing and Bitter Wash Road exceeded expectations.

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          5.0

          An outstanding voice

          By Poetix

          from near Canberra

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          • Easy To Read
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          • Informative
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          • Superb Australian Setting
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            Comments about Bitter Wash Road:

            Bitter Wash Road is a superb read. The story opens in rural South Australia, and what seems like a slow country tale subtly gathers momentum to become a page-turner. The characters are deftly drawn, and the lead character Constable Hirsch is entirely engaging. The Australian landscape is poignantly presented, with acute insights into rural life. I really enjoyed this book and will read it again.

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            4.0

            Holiday read

            By Nana Joy

            from Perth

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              Would be a good holiday read I thought.

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              'Exceptional crime fiction.' Courier-Mail 'There is a lot to like in this story, with several unexpected and surprising changes in direction combined with Disher's usual deft plotting and economically drawn but fully fleshed out main and peripheral characters. What resonates most however is Hirschhausen's painful sense of isolation within an already isolated community...I bought him, flaws and all, and hope he's still out there on the Barrier highway keeping an eye on things.' Guardian 'Garry Disher has been giving us highly intelligent literary thrillers for decades and he gets better and better, even as he wins more prizes for his resonant, poetic novels. Along with Peter Temple, he is the master wordsmith of local crime fiction and, to paraphrase Frederick Barthelme, his seemingly simple words trick us into the drama, and the drama breaks our hearts.' Weekend Australian 'Disher is definitely not to be missed.' Globe & Mail 'Peter Temple and Garry Disher will be identified as the crime writers who redefined Australian crime fiction in terms of its form, content and style...'Disher's eye for detail is acute and his poetic analogies precise...Bitter Wash Road continues the work of re-imagining the crime genre in a very Australian way, and does it beautifully.' Age/Sydney Morning Herald 'Bitter Wash Road is superb.' Weekend Australian 'Not a word is wasted: here the ancient, bare, distinctive landscape of the hardscrabble country bordering Goyder's Line is conveyed with admirably atmospheric economy.' Adelaide Advertiser 'Bitter Wash Road moves at a cracking pace and is a great read.' Launceston Examiner 'Smooth, assured mastery.' New York Times Book Review 'A top-class writer.' The Times

              ISBN: 9781922079244
              ISBN-10: 1922079243
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 328
              Published: 23rd October 2013
              Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.4
              Weight (kg): 0.48