When Temple died recently, there was an outpouring of enthusiasm for his work on radio, TV, blogs etc. Though familiar with the Jack Irish series on television, I had never read a word he has written. I bought both The Broken Shore and Secrets and was delighted to discover this master of plot and character. Temple, though an ex-South African, had an ear fully tuned to Australianness, both in vernacular and location. His shorthand dialogue is both precise and appropriate to his characters. This man had it nailed!