by Peter Temple
Meet Jack Irish, criminal lawyer, debt collector, football lover, turf watcher, trainee cabinetmaker, and one of the best crime characters ever created.
When Jack receives a puzzling message from a jailed ex-client he’s too deep in misery over Fitzroy’s latest loss to take much notice. Next thing Jack knows, the ex-client’s dead and he’s been drawn into a life-threatening investigation involving high-level corruption, dark sexual secrets, shonky property deals, and murder. With hitmen after him, shady ex-policemen at every turn, and the body count rising, Jack needs to find out what’s going on—and fast.
The first novel in the iconic Jack Irish series, Bad Debts was originally published in 1996 and won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel. Peter Temple went on to win the Miles Franklin Award in 2010 for Truth as well many other awards and accolades both in Australia and internationally. It has been made into a tele-movie by the ABC with Guy Pearce starring as Jack Irish.
by Peter Temple
Black Tide is the second of Peter Temple’s Jack Irish thrillers and was first published in 1999.
Jack Irish—lawyer, gambler, part-time cabinetmaker, finder of missing people—is recovering from a foray into the criminal underworld when he agrees to look for the son of an old workmate of his father’s.
It’s an offer he soon has cause to regret, as the trail of Gary Connors leads him into the world of Steven Levesque, millionaire and political kingmaker. The more Jack learns about Levesque’s powerful corporation, the more convinced he becomes that at its heart lies a secret. What he’s destined to find out is just how deadly that secret is…
Black Tide has been made into a tele-movie starring Guy Pearce as Jack Irish and will be screened on the ABC in October 2012.