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Truth : Winner of the 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award - Peter Temple


Winner of the 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award

Paperback Published: 30th August 2010
ISBN: 9781921656620
Number Of Pages: 400

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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

Product Description

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.

Industry Reviews

`Temple's characters are complex, his plots complicated, his world smudged if not outright dirty...You want a mindless beach read? Skip this. You want to be bitch-slapped into full attention by a master? Come ahead.' * Head Butler *

Fast thrilling a real page turner


The ending was unexpected and thought provoking I couldn't put it down

Melbourne Victoria


Great book


Love this author



this is a great read ...#1 crime writer in australia


I loved this book one of his best, great story colourful characters



Complex book; worth the effort


"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.



Too gross


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.

Sunshine Coast


4.0 5


ISBN: 9781921656620
ISBN-10: 192165662X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 30th August 2010
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1

Peter Temple

About the Author

Peter Temple was 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 Truth won the 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award, the first time a crime writer has won an award of this calibre 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. Peter Temple died in March 2018

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