by Garry Disher
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Pub Date 01 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2022
Day’s End is the next in the Australian rural crime series by critically acclaimed author Garry Disher, featuring beloved local copper Hirsch.
Hirsch’s rural beat is wide. Daybreak to day’s end, dirt roads and dust. Every problem that besets small towns and isolated properties, from unlicensed driving to arson. In the time of the virus, Hirsch is seeing stresses heightened and social divisions cracking wide open. His own tolerance under strain; people getting close to the edge.
Today he’s driving an international visitor around: Janne Van Sant, whose backpacker son went missing while the borders were closed. They’re checking out his last photo site, his last employer. A feeling that the stories don’t quite add up.
Then a call comes in: a roadside fire. Nothing much—a suitcase soaked in diesel and set alight. But two noteworthy facts emerge. Janne knows more than Hirsch about forensic evidence. And the body in the suitcase is not her son’s.
Praise for Day's End and Garry Disher
‘Hirsch is one of my favourite characters. Day’s End is unmissable.’—Hayley Scrivenor, author of Dirt Town
‘Once again, Disher nails place, the atmosphere of a changing area and the tension and frustration of continuing a private investigation without resources. This book confirms just what a rare writer Disher is.’—Herald Sun on The Way It Is Now
‘A new crime novel from the prolific old master is always a treat, and this one is no different. The past intrudes into the present as Charlie Deravin, banished from his job in the police sex-crimes unit, still puzzles over his mother’s disappearance 20 years earlier that had his father fingered as a possible murderer. You will be intrigued, very intrigued.’—Jason Steger, Age on The Way It Is Now
‘Disher is, as always, a deft and compelling crime novelist, and he has crafted a provocative whodunnit that is grounded firmly in the current moment.’—Guardian on The Way It Is Now
‘Lyrical and haunting…Read the The Way It Is Now for its big heart and the way in which it lyrically captures a moment in time.’—Sydney Morning Herald on The Way It Is Now
‘The best of Australian crime was definitely Garry Disher’s The Way It Is Now, cleverly combining a tragic cold case with social commentary.’—Canberra Times on The Way It Is Now
‘Examining the insular culture of the police force has been another staple of Disher’s fiction, and it is deployed here to great effect…Each summer I see people lying by public swimming pools, or in the sand on beaches, sometimes along the Mornington Peninsula, reading crime fiction. Readers often tell me they enjoy the genre as “light relief”, a puzzling response considering the endlessly macabre ways that crime fiction writers concoct new ways to torture, murder, and dismember characters. A Garry Disher novel is never an exercise in light reading. He respects the genre and his readers. His novels can also disturb a reader, for his characters are quite ordinary people, in the best sense. They are men and women like you and me – characters capable of good and bad, courage and murder.’—Tony Birch, ABR on The Way It Is Now
‘The prolific master of Australian rural noir returns to his home turf…a subtle, slow-burning standalone mystery.’—West Australian on The Way It Is Now
‘Disher’s output is soaked in quality: crisp prose, fascinating characters, rich settings. Maybe his quiet, unflashy nature and consistent excellence mean he gets a little overlooked in some quarters, but those cognisant of the global boom of Australian crime writing know he is a giant on whose shoulders many of the hottest new stars are standing.’—NZ Listener on The Way It Is Now
‘This is storytelling at its best…Another sophisticated and compelling offer from an author at the peak of his powers.’—Good Reading on The Way It Is Now
‘Disher is one the foremost proponents of rural noir.’—Sunday Times on Consolation
‘Consolation is a very impressive piece of crime fiction. It holds attention, impresses with its depth and raises important issues, while being very entertaining. It once more confirms Disher’s place as the master of outback noir.’—Murder, Mayhem and Long Dogs on Consolation
‘Well written and very entertaining, Consolation cements Disher’s place as the master of outback noir.’—Canberra Weekly on Consolation
‘Garry Disher may not have quite the same level of name recognition as fellow bestselling Australian rural noir writers such as Jane Harper and Chris Hammer, but he has long been one of the genre’s best.’—Weekend West on Consolation
‘Sheer class.’—Age on Consolation
‘This is a book that cannot be praised enough… Read it.’—Herald Sun on Consolation
‘The outback noir master returns to Tiverton and its only cop Paul ‘Hirsch’ Hirschhausen.’—NZ Listener on Consolation
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