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The Broken Shore chapter 1 The Broken Shore, meaning The Broken Shore, genre The Broken Shore, book cover The Broken Shore, flies The Broken Shore, The Broken Shore 5ebca197873bb Broken By His Last Case, Homicide Detective Joe Cashin Has Fled The City And Returned To His Hometown To Run Its One Man Police Station While His Wounds Heal And The Nightmares Fade He Lives A Quiet Life With His Two Dogs In The Tumbledown Wreck His Family Home Has Become It S A Peaceful Existence Ideal For The Rehabilitating Man But His Recovery Is Rudely Interrupted By A Brutal Attack On Charles Bourgoyne, A Prominent Member Of The Local Community Suspicion Falls On Three Young Men From The Local Aboriginal Community But Cashin S Not So Sure And As The Case Unfolds Amid Simmering Corruption And Prejudice, He Finds Himself Holding On To Something That It Might Be Better To Let Go


10 thoughts on “The Broken Shore

  1. says:

    When I finished this novel I realized two things first, that I d just read something outstanding and second, that as it says on the dustjacket blurb , Peter Temple is a master writer This has to be one of the best and most beautifully written crime fiction novels I ve ever read, and I can t wait to get back to his next novel, Truth, which I ve only just started and am already loving.Joe Cashin is a homicide detective who s recuperating from physical and emotional trauma in the small town of Port Monro on the south coast of Australia Port Monro is not his normal beat he s been posted there to put some distance between himself and the events that left another policeman dead and himself hospitalized It s a perfect place for Joe he spends a great deal of his time with his dogs, and to get his mind off of his recent troubles, he s rebuilding an old ruined house, as well as himself, with the help of a swaggie named Rebb But his peace is shattered when he finds himself smack in the middle of an intriguing crime one of the town s wealthiest citizens has been found dead and the police in charge of the investigation want very badly to pin the murder on three indigenous teens Cashin is called to help with the case, but he s not convinced that the racially prejudiced local police are correct in their assumptions.What sets this novel apart, making it an outstanding read, is not so much the plot, which is believable and well executed, but the writing The reader is plunged into an Australia that is divided over racial issues, plagued by corruption among government and local officials, divided between development that would create new jobs but would wreck the environment and the landscape While a reader can perhaps find those sorts of problems in his or her own country, Temple keeps it Australian through his use of the local lingo and then puts a glossary of Australian terms in the back for reference which is itself quite funny in parts , description of little things like food, and especially in terms of a sense of place The small community s colorful characters and the small town problems he s involved with a man about a neighbour s tree, the report of a vandalised bench set the stage, as do the vivid descriptions of the landscape Take, for example, the description of Cromarty s Kettle, located in the Rip the huge sea, the grey green water skeined with foam, sliding, falling, surging, full of little peaks and breaks, hollows and rolls, the sense of unimaginable power beneath the surface, terrible forces that could lift you up and suck you down and spin youthe power of the surge would push you through the gap in the cliff and then it would slam you against the pocked walls as well as the descriptions of the small pubs, truck stops, the roads smeared with roadkill or the road to Port Monro the pocked junctions where one or two tilted houses stood against the wind and signs pointed to other desperate crossroads The characters are also very well developed, especially Joe Cashin a broken and damaged, yet decent man trying to get it all back together, whose backstory and troubled past including an unstable childhood are unfolded little by little, interwoven with his present He doesn t mind solitude, although perhaps not so completely as he would have you believe, and he s the consummate professional, yet willing to go with his intuition when the situation demands.This is an excellent book, and although I ve focused mainly on the writing here, the story itself will also keep you turning pages until it s over And then, I think, you ll be left wanting .


  2. says:

    Challenge review The Broken Shore without mentioning how Australian it is.There are a lot of reviews on this site expressing frustration with The Broken Shore for its dialectical idiosyncrasies I won t take this opportunity to express my frustration at the way in which shit rolls downhill, obliging Australian readers to maintain a familiarity with British and American dialects, but rendering Australian dialects unreadable to our northern cousins I won t mention that gripe at all.What I can say about the writing is that it is the best representation of everyday Australian speech I have ever come across The dialect is there in all its glory oblique, ungrammatical, sweary, replete with bold references to taboo subjects and clever euphemisms for the most innocuous ideas, often dreamt up for the speaker s own amusement Foreign readers American readers in particular should note that the word cunt is often employed in this book and in everyday speech in Australia It s not a malicious word, often than not, and is rarely accompanied by the sexist misogynist connotations that it carries in other contexts If it offends or shocks you, try substituting bloke for cunt Read the original sentence the same way you would read it with the substituted word don t dwell on the language that offends you read it as it was intended.


  3. says:

    I love a good crime thriller, and this is better than your average good I know I have a connection I know, I know many of the locations mentioned in the book that his lead character Joe Cashin in The Broken Shore has two huge black poodles every morning Mon Fri they scare the absolute crap out of my Son I on our morning walk to school they have built in stealth the neighbour I have discussed never hit you at the same point of the fence line So yes lots of funny connections, but on a serious note this book won what s deemed as the most coveted award internationally for best crime novel The Duncan Lawrie Dagger Awarded books myself usually don t hit it off all that much of recent but this is an exception It is very Australian very Victorian the State not the era , but I think the personalities humour are universally appealing The second of which is not far from release The plot is your standard somebody dies that shouldn t and you have to follow the story till the coppa catches the who the why However the writing and character development was far above standard I really enjoyed this can t wait till the next Would have given it 4 1 2 stars but can t so it gets 4 with a half for the dogs held over with their stealth like abilities.


  4. says:

    A BROKEN SHORE Police Procedural Australia Cont Poor Temple, Peter StandaloneQuercus, 2006 UK Hardcover Detective Joe Cashin is recovering from his injuries at his hometown in South Eastern Australia He is there to run a one man police station and is rebuilding the wreck of a home begun by his grandfather A brutal attack on a local man is quickly blamed on a three young men from the Aboriginal community When the plan to arrest and question one of the young men goes deathly wrong, Cashin starts taking a hard look at what is really going on This book has received a lot of great reviews Unfortunately, it didn t work for me because of one main element character development The author doles out bits of Cashin, and other characters, past in very small doses well into the story I found this incredibly distracting as it left me with the feeling I was starting a series in the middle and needed to read previous books Unfortunately, there were no previous books with Cashin I don t mind learning about a character as I go, but this felt too divisive to me, almost in the some vein as the cliff hanger at the end of the chapter His reference to the background of a policewoman was almost a casual okay, I ll throw this in to make her interesting manner For me, it destroyed the flow of the story and would cause me to stop reading But, because of all the positive reviews, I continued and put aside my need for character development and just read for story, which was better I did get into the plot, although it took me awhile At a certain point I definitely saw where it was going, but the climax was suspenseful and somewhat horrific however, a couple elements of the very ending where disappointing Many people loved this book I didn t.


  5. says:

    Peter Temple is a master Picked this up based on Books To Die For and loved it Plus, the detective has standard poodles that act like mine Meaning they act like real dogs.


  6. says:

    This was a dark and twisting noir with an impish heart that I thoroughly enjoyed despite the lingering questions it left me with We meet Joe Cashin, a taciturn, damaged cop on leave in the suburbs from the wilds of Melbourne after a dubious stake out left a fellow officer dead He s going through the motions of rebuilding his families crumbling estate, a project that seems doomed to fail His only company are two standard poodles possibly the weirdest pair of pets I ve ever encountered in a book like this and a few friends as quiet and solitary as he tries to be.When a local philanthropist is brutally murdered Cashin finds himself embroiled with the local police force, a rabidly racist bunch who are determined to pin the crime on a couple of local aboriginal teens It isn t long before Cashin discovers the so called philanthropist may have been doing than just providing poor teens with a chance to go to summer camp and it quickly becomes apparent that quite a few people might have wanted him dead.This is a wide ranging novel with a huge cast of characters that occasionally gets super unweildy but despite a lot of twists and turns and some unresolved story lines I found myself really enjoying this Its very much a character driven book with very sharp and often very funny dialogue that calls to mind an Australian version of a Bogey and Bacall movie Author Peter Temple comes from a journalistic background and his sharp, staccato, David Mametish dialogue bears that out There isn t a whole lot here visually, this was not a novel I saw in my mind as I read it, but it still works Temple s characters linger Cashin is an incredibly likable hero He ticks all the damaged cop with a heart of gold check boxes but there s a certain je ne sais quoi that sets him apart He s a good person, you just feel that in the way he deals with victims and perps and witnesses and the people he cares about He s an introspective, troubled man, but he isn t mired in his problems You get the sense that he wants to be happier, settled and comfortable with himself and you root for him to find that inner peace that seems to elude him.Temple doesn t reinvent the wheel here but he certainly makes it spin faster and elegantly than most of his fellow noir crime fiction authors I might have known where things were heading but I still wanted to see how it all played out and Temple doesn t disappoint The end is brutal, disturbing and not every loose end is tied up neatly but it somehow doesn t matter There s a bit of a tacked on romantic element and readers may be a tad bit confused by the motherload of Australian slang there s a super helpful glossary at the back of the book but this is straight up a very good book and I m looking forward to reading .


  7. says:

    I was very disappointed in this book I realize Peter Temple is an award winning Australian crime writer, but the writing style was not for me I found the characters and the storyline hard to connect with, and the book failed to interest me The narrative seemed disjointed and slow paced with choppy sentences Most troublesome was the frequent use of Australian slang and jargon, making conversations difficult to follow I lived in Australia for 3 years and have visited several times since, but many terms were unfamiliar to me There were too many racist slurs and other vulgarisms, as well as unnecessary minutiae which detracted from the plot, and to any buildup of suspense Hints of the main character s backstory developed too slowly, giving the mistaken feeling that I was middle of a series.It really bothered me knowing that critics and many readers regarded this book highly and felt that I was missing something I put a lot of effort into appreciating it but to no avail.


  8. says:

    Wow A very fine book indeed With a nice tight prose style, this mystery transcends the genre with the quality of its writing, well drawn characters, and nuanced exploration of racial issues Main character and homicide cop Joe Cashin returns to his economically depressed home town in Southern Australia to recuperate from a car accident that resulted in a dead partner, an escaped suspect, and chronic crippling back pain for Joe A wealthy man is murdered in his home, and Joe is forced out of his recovery to work on the case, then forced back on leave when three young aboriginal suspects end up dead due to a brutally botched plan to take them into custody This book explores race in a way that I never would have expected from a crime procedural Almost reminds me of Raymond Chandler, but with better writing and a interesting setting Peter Temple, I ll be back for .


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  10. says:

    A lot of this was very predictable I mean, Aboriginal kids are killed or harassed to death by police, the local Christian organisers of a boys camp for orphans turned out to have been kiddy fiddlers it always surprises me how long it takes the police to figure out this connection you d think by now the phrase Christian Boys Camp might ring the same kinds of immediate warning bells as Danger High Voltage or Best of ABBA do , the rich and powerful look out for one another and, you re never going to believe this, the hero damaged as he might well be even though with a good heart sorts it all out in the end even when you least expect it.There are, admittedly, some interesting things going on here with the form, both of the writing and possibly also playing around with the genre the prose is clipped and Spartan and some of the Aussie isms are at least amusing But overall I have to say that this hardly carried my interest Look, at least the hero wasn t a loveable larrikin so, at least we are spared one Aussie clich , mates and sheilas but if anything he was a kind of cowboy come home seeking peace and quiet only to be destined to lift the lid on racism, corruption and a child sex ring I thought the Opera was a little heavy handed too, though, unfortunately Now, listen, far be it from me to endorse having sex with children don t get me wrong here I hate paedophiles as much as your average red blooded Aussie bloke But I do get a little sick of the endless references to it in novels and how this is invariably then used as a kind of excuse for the most graphic and bloody tortures committed to the bodies of these new fiends and monsters And as with the Spanish Inquisition we lesser sinners, we much lesser sinners, seem to be redeemed, to be washed clean by the blood and screaming torment of these wicked, wicked men And isn t there lots of blood and don t we get treated to lots of detailed screaming torment Thank goodness there is one class of person left to whom no extremity of torment is too much for them to endure to sate our need for revenge, especially now that torturing blacks to death like we used to in the good old days is only approved of by the sorts of people none of US would choose to be seen dead with No, we cheer when a racist is punched in this but do we give a stuff if the paedophile lives or dies at the end If you are into eternal damnation, anal probes of red hot pokers or get off considering the perfect punishments God has planned for those who transgress his narrow path to righteousness, then this book will give you quite a preview of the entertainment the Elect can expect for primetime viewing from Right Hand of God TV after they ve finished their daily chanting of Holy, Holy, Holy , of course.The metaphor of the broken shore is interesting and a nice comparison with the destruction brought upon our society by the all too various forms of corruption the book details However, I much preferred the subtle idea in the title, that there is also a homophone working here the broken sure This is a book where certainties all come broken.All the same, with the high camp local caf owner, the suicidal, homosexual brother, the extremely attractive girl from high school who remains just as attractive in midlife and whose knickers just fly off at the very suggestion of party pies by the way, a lot of the food in this book is utter crap all this, and the fact there were enough deaths, attempted deaths, suicides and near fatal woundings to make even a writer from Midsummer Murders blush, made this book a little disappointing.This review is harsher than I had intended Some of the writing is quite perceptive and some is even quite interesting But I really don t think there needed to be quite so much death and destruction From memory only two people die in China Town but I left that feeling much uncomfortable about both paedophilia and social corruption All the same, I probably ought to read Truth at some stage Unfortunately, in the end I can t pretend that I wasn t a disappointed with this.


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