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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (356 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Temple Narrator: Marco Chiappi Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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Meet Jack Irish: criminal lawyer, debt collector, football lover, turf watcher, trainee cabinetmaker, and the best Australian crime character we've seen in years.

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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/5/2014

    " A world-class crime thriller that just happens to be set in Melbourne and reads like literary fiction interspersed with instances of foul local vernacular. Grimly hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annabudden | 2/4/2014

    " Earthy loner of a character that was very believable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie Fletcher | 2/2/2014

    " I'm not sure what drew me to this book, I did like the Melbourne feel to it but I often lost interest in the horse racing and the wood making and it certainly had the potential to be a little more steamy than it was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/31/2014

    " Geeze, Temple is good. I mean, this is no Broken Shore, and has all his usual 'way too many coincidences' problems. And what's with his obsession with street-kid-porn? But damn he writes a likeable protagonist. Is there anyone who wouldn't like Jack Irish? I just love the way Temple writes dialogue and describes things. I'd love to see him write some not-crime, cause really, I don't care much for crime. Anyway, read this in two days. Just couldn't stop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Kennedy | 1/26/2014

    " (3.5 / 5) Melbourne noir... that was what I loved most about the book. Set around my old haunts, I felt like I was back there. Temple is very good at evoking time and place, but the mystery itself gets bogged down a little bit in the middle but once that was passed the book picked up again. Definitely moving on to book two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 1/20/2014

    " Well written but a very obvious plot and yet another world-weary, crumpled old private eye who happens to attract the sexy woman and solve the case. Yawn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 1/11/2014

    " Oh. Delightful! Austrailian investigator/former defense atty. with a rough past. Some hilarious, incomprehensible horse racing / gambling scenes, but great characters, good story, very good writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ystyn Francis | 1/9/2014

    " Yet another cracking Temple read. I can't wait to see what the ABC and Guy Pearce do with this. I'm considering picking up the next book in the Jack Irish series straight away. Temple is definitely my favourite author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 1/6/2014

    " This was a good read - Light but engaging. A holiday book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandi | 12/26/2013

    " Temple has won all the big mystery prizes in Australia and this book was finally published in the USA last year. An excellent book filled with great Aussie characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 12/3/2013

    " good choice by Mike. right up my street. could hear the local twang in the dialogue and once i figured out what was happening at the races and with the youth club, i couild relax and enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 11/22/2013

    " The dry wit in the writing makes this a cut-above crime novel. And, it's even more fun for we Yanks who have gotten to wander about Melbourne, AU where this takes place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 11/22/2013

    " Entertaining. Might possibly read others in the series if nothing else interests me more at the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 10/28/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, the writing style is different from most thrillers/crime/mystery novels I have read. Unmistakeably Australian and brilliant for it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anja | 5/21/2013

    " It was pretty boring to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 5/16/2013

    " Australian noir. Sounds good, right? So why was this so dull? Maybe it was me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kealan O'ver | 2/22/2013

    " Decent thriller but not as well written as his later books and the horse racing chapters are boring as hell. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 2/3/2013

    " Meh. The racing subplot was confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharron | 1/22/2013

    " I liked it enough to try the second in this series though not immediately. The protagonist, Jack Irish, is good but the references to horse racing and gambling were incomprehensible to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pete Kelly | 10/8/2012

    " I love books with a strong sense of place and character. This has both and more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke Charlton | 9/14/2012

    " Another classic Temple! Cant wait to read the next Jack Irish books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Siggy | 8/20/2012

    " I love books set in my city and this one does Melbourne very well. A little like a macho Sara Paretsky, the book takes on the corrupt developers and pollies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry Culbertson | 8/16/2012

    " Set in Melbourne & surrounds. Good pace. Offbeat & likeable character. VERY Melbourne! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/6/2012

    " Great to read a book set in contemporary Melbourne. Peter Temple writes great crime fiction, and I love the dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 HG | 8/4/2012

    " The Jack Irish Trilogy (This was the first)are are entertaining read. Love that it is set in Melbourne and surrounds....one of those books I lend to people! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 6/29/2012

    " The first novel of a very well regarded Australian noir writer. Was decent but a bit much discussion by characters regarding exposition. Too much tell rather than show tho I will probably try another. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Temple

Peter Temple is the author of eight crime novels, five of which have won the Ned Kelly Award for crime fiction. He has worked as a journalist and editor for newspapers and magazines in several countries. He lives in Victoria, Australia.