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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,337 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Temple Narrator: Peter Hosking Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Shaken by a scrape with death, big-city detective Joe Cashin is posted away from the homicide squad to the quiet town on the South Australian coast where he grew up. Carrying physical scars and not a little guilt, he spends his time playing the country cop, walking his dogs and thinking about how it all was before. But when a prominent local is attacked and left for dead in his own home, Cashin is thrust into what becomes a murder investigation. The evidence points to three boys from the nearby aboriginal community, whom everyone seems to want to blame. But Cashin is unconvinced and soon begins to see the outlines of something far more terrible than a burglary gone wrong.

Winner of the Ned Kelly Award, Australia's major prize for crime fiction, The Broken Shore is a transfixing novel about a place, a family, politics, and power - and the need to live decently in a world where so much is rotten.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A towering achievement that brings alive a ferocious landscape and a motley assortment of clashing characters…Indispensable.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Beautifully written…Byzantine plot twists and incisively drawn characters combine with stunning descriptions of the wild, lush, menacing Australian landscape to make this an unforgettable read.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Hosking’s characters are instantly and subtly rendered, springing to life quickly in listeners’ minds. And his reading of Temple’s descriptions of the Australian countryside, ranging from lush to rough, is a virtual audio trip to the source.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Hosking’s performance…bring[s] a host of truthful characters to light. There can be little doubt that this is an Australian original—earthy, raw, and savage, yet as breathtaking and surprising as the country itself.”


  • “This deeply intelligent thriller starts slowly, builds inexorably, and ends unforgettably.”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris | 2/13/2014

    " I still can't be sure I hadn't read this back in 2007 when it came out. I remembered the cover but the plot on the dust jacket didn't sound familiar. As I started it "again" some parts sounded familiar, others completely alien, but I had the thought that I loved this book even before I picked it up "again." And I was right. This book is one of those mysteries that transcends the genre and can be called literature. Vivid imagery of the place and emotional introspection are all over this work. The main character is a familiar one, the used up police officer. He's left the big city to go home to the country when a big murder occurs. He just wants to be left alone but duty calls. And so he begins not just a homicide investigation but a journey of self discovery too. It soon becomes apparent that the murder victim, the suspects, and the investigator are all "broken" souls on the broken shore. An Australian glossary is provided for all the slang. You'll need it. Like real life not everything is wrapped up at the end. Would love to see more of Detective Cachin in another book from Temple. Should be a movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa Freebody | 2/4/2014

    " An okay read. Was actually expecting more after reading the reviews. Easy to read with short chapters, {great for busy people}. Heaps of "colourful" language but it just had to be there to give a true interpretation of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maria Politis | 2/3/2014

    " Possibly the best Australian book I have ever read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chrissie | 1/26/2014

    " Love a good crime thriller, even better when it's an Aussie author!! "

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