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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (766 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Temple Narrator: Michael Carman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Inspector Stephen Villani, head of homicide in Melbourne, Australia, has a full agenda: a murdered woman in a penthouse apartment, three men butchered in a sadistic rampage, a tattoo-faced drug dealer corrupting his rebellious daughter, and a crumbling marriage. As these seemingly unrelated events begin to unfold, Villani finds himself immersed in an unfamiliar world of political scandal and ethical ambiguity. He must navigate the inept bureaucracy that is the police department, all the while maintaining a solid front and trying to keep the press, his family, and his own past from breaking him completely. With each twist and every turn of this taut crime novel, Villani is forced to question whom he can trust.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Truth is a fascinating crime puzzle presented before an urban backdrop of futuristic projects that don’t work and a landscape of wildfires that seem to burn forever. It conveys an authentic feel of violence, pain, and corruption, but also displays wit, remarkable insights, and even moments of beauty.”

    Thomas Perry, Edgar Award–winning author of Runner

  • “I’m a great fan of Peter Temple, and his new novel does not disappoint; in fact, I think it surpasses The Broken Shore in many ways. Temple’s writing is so uncompromisingly Australian—raw and visceral—yet despite the terseness of his prose and the almost exclusively masculine world that his characters inhabit, there is something desperately poignant and affecting in the way he reveals their emotional lives. His intelligent dialogue invites the reader to understand the intelligence and subtlety at play. I love his style.”

    Kate Atkinson, author of Case Histories

  • “A brutal tale of corruption, greed, and revenge…Temple’s elliptical storytelling—the past and the present are often interchangeable—fits the slippery subject of deeply ingrained police corruption and one man’s determination to uncover the truth.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rich dialogue, filled with Australian idioms, is bought to life by Michael Carman. His characterizations of the key players help listeners to follow the complex plot in this tense thriller about power and corruption. Carman’s delivery balances straight narration and performance as he gives authenticity to the robust language and gritty descriptions of the murders. This helps to engage the listener—although non-Aussies may find some of the slang difficult to follow.”


  • “In this follow-up to the award-winning The Broken Shore, Temple spins a complex and powerful story with writing so top-notch that readers might be tempted to slow down and savor the prose if the plot line weren’t so compelling. Villani is an unforgettable protagonist, a miserable, conflicted cop who somehow embodies grace in a malevolent world. Already acclaimed in Australia, Temple proves once again that he deserves to be better known among American crime fiction fans…highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rachel | 2/18/2014

    " Haven't read a Peter Temple book I haven't liked yet. This one did not disappoint "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christian | 2/11/2014

    " Loved the voice, setting and plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anne Martinelli | 2/8/2014

    " Hard to identify with a soulless dickhead like Villani, and the endless macho cop dialogue gets a bit tiresome. For Melbourne-based crime with a bit of a political edge, give me Shane Maloney over Peter Temple any day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Coki | 1/29/2014

    " Best thing I've read recently! Very terse prose belies the depth of emotion felt in the book. Almost want to reread to get all the nuances. "

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