Winner, Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2010
Winner, Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, 2010
Winner, General Fiction Book of the Year, ABIA, 2010
Winner, International German Crime Prize, 2012
Shortlisted, Book of the Year, ABIA, 2010
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.
Truth is a novel about a man, a family, a city. It is about violence, murder, love, corruption, honour and deceit. And it is about truth.
About The Author
Peter Temple has worked extensively as a journalist and editor for newspapers and magazines in several countries. He has won five Ned Kelly Awards for his novels, and won the world's most prestigious crimewriting prize, the Duncan Lawrie Dagger. In 2010 he was awarded Australia's greatest writing prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award. His books are published in more than twenty countries.
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"Truth" is a complex, multi-layered book that really needs a second reading to capture all its nuances. A list of the more than 50 characters – business people, cops, crims, politicians, journalists and relatives – would also help.
The main character is Inspector Stephen Villani, new Head of Victorian Homicide who is investigating 2 crimes. The first involves the death of a young woman in a penthouse apartment in a luxury new block that includes a casino. The second involves the mutilation and death of three drug dealers in a Melbourne warehouse.
However, this is not so much a detective story as an expose of fractured relationships and corruption at many levels. The various sub plots include; attempts by apartment owners to lean on both cops and politicians to have the death hushed up to protect their investment; politicians who fear scandal in the lead up to an election; the possible re-opening of a police inquiry into the questionable death of a suspect; the death of the son of a former police chief.
Then there is Villani's constant brooding over his present and past relationships with his father and brothers; his failing marriage; his failure to help his drug addicted daughter and his affair with a TV journalist.
Throughout the story, his thoughts on the various aspects of his life interweave with the police action and the pressures to resolve the crimes to the satisfaction of those applying the pressure.
If this sounds grim, it is but, at the same time, this is a fascinating book. Villani is a fallible man who struggles to do the right thing while embedded in an environment that lacks depth, principle or ethics.
Comments about Truth:
Only got a third of the way through this book ...it was just too hard to wade through all the swearing and bad language and horror. Beats me how it got a Miles Franklin award.
"The sense of place is stifling in its intensity, and seldom has a waltz of the damned proven so hypnotic." - The Guardian. "Great locations, hard-nosed dialogue and a twisting plot combine to create superb entertainment." - Evening Standard. "What makes Temple so compelling is his divine use of language. The novel is written with grace and subtlety, elegant but also violent, dark and yet suffused with sympathy for the protagonists, cast in dialogue that is both distinctive and surprising." - Daily Mail. "With crackling prose and sparkling dialogue, Temple has fashioned a fast-paced atmospheric police work of genuine class." - Mail on Sunday.
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 30th August 2010
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 19.9
Edition Number: 1