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Four-time winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction, Peter Temple is Australiaâ€™s most acclaimed crime and thriller writer. He is the author of four Jack Irish novels: Bad Debts (1996), Black Tide (1999), Dead Point (2000) and White Dog (2003). He has also written three other standalone novels: An Iron Rose (1998), Shooting Star (1999) and In the Evil Day (2002).
This renowned Australian author’s introduction into this country was The Broken Shore, a powerful novel of injustice. This is very different. It is the beginning of a series featuring a great character, Jack Irish, an ex-lawyer turned part-time cabinet maker, horse racing fanatic and busy investigator, i.e. a complex fellow.Similar this month: Michael Walters.Comparison: Mark Billingham, John Harvey, Peter James.
Winner of the 2007 Duncan Lawrie Dagger. A dark, atmospheric, gripping story, highly recommended. It moves slowly, as does its brilliantly portrayed detective, Joe Cashin, but gives a complete feeling for the Australian way of life far from the big towns. It is terrific. What is interesting is that the author is unknown over here. He is a five-times winner of Australia’s most prestigious crime fiction award, the Ned Kelly Award, has written seven novels and yet has only just arrived on our shores. If you like this try his next, Bad Debts.Similar this month: Donna Leon.Comparison: Barbara Nadel, Claire McNab, Peter Robinson.
Peter Temple seems to get darker and darker in his storylines. In Truth not only is there brutal murder and torture but a bleak look at the way society is becoming corrupt and lawless. Great characters and an atmosphere that’s tense and intense. If you haven’t tried this author then you are missing out.
We loved The Broken shore and Peter Temple has come up with another cracking crime novel. Another brilliant plot with bags of violence, death and dirty secrets. He's been up for a few literary prizes this year and is well worth discovering.
Peter Temple held crime writing up to the light and, with his poet's ear and eye, made it his own incomparable thing. Peter Temple started publishing novels late, when he was fifty, but then he got cracking. He wrote nine novels in thirteen years. Along the way he wrote screenplays, stories, dozens of reviews. When Temple died in March 2018 there was an unfinished Jack Irish novel in his drawer. It is included in The Red Hand, and it reveals the master at the peak of his powers. The Red Hand also includes the screenplay of Valentine's Day, an improbably delightful story about an ailing country football club, which in 2007 was adapted for television by the ABC. Also included are his short fiction, his reflections on the Australian idiom, a handful of autobiographical fragments, and a selection of his brilliant book reviews. .
JACK IRISH BOOK THREE: FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE BROKEN SHORE. 'Another world-class crime novel from Peter Temple' Canberra Times 'Peter Temple is an addiction. Read one book and you will want to read them all. Now' Val McDermid Jack Irish has a lot on his mind. His woman has an old flame, his champion horse has been put down and his gambling has left him broke. No wonder then, that he's a bit distracted from the work he is getting paid for - looking for the elusive Robbie Colburne, occasional barman. He's not the only one. Robbie's caught the interest not only of the police, but also certain dealers from the city's criminal class. So when Robbie finally shows up - in the morgue - Jack thinks he'd better start taking his job seriously. But there are those who would prefer him not to. Who don't like it when Jack begins asking questions. Who would do anything to make sure Jack Irish stays off the case - for good. Enjoyed Bad Debts, Black Tide and now Dead Point? Then discover the fourth and final Jack Irish thriller, White Dog . . .
THE SECOND NOVEL IN THE JACK IRISH SERIES, NOW A TV SERIES STARRING GUY PEARCE - FROM THE WORLDWIDE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE BROKEN SHORE. 'One of the best thriller writers in the world' Sunday Express I went to George Armit's funeral. It was a small affair. Almost everyone George had known was dead. Many of them were dead because George had had them killed . . . Jack Irish however, has no shortage of friends. Jockeys and journos, lawyers and standover men, people in nameless occupations who aren't in the phone book. These days, though, the only family he sees are Irish men in faded football team photographs on the pub wall. So when Des Connors, the last link to his father, calls to ask for help in the matter of his missing son, Gary, Jack is happy to lend a hand. But sometimes prodigal sons go missing for a reason. And Jack soon discovers Gary Connors was a man with something to hide. Can't get enough of the Jack Irish novels? Then read the third instalment in the series, Dead Point . . .
THE THRILLING FOURTH JACK IRISH NOVEL, FROM THE FIVE-TIME NED KELLY WINNER AND SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE BROKEN SHORE AND TRUTH. 'Peter Temple's fourth Jack Irish thriller is like slipping into deliciously dangerous quicksand . . . demands to be read in one sitting' Herald Sun Her name was Sarah Longmore and she was charged with murdering her former lover. When Jack Irish is asked to look into Sarah Longmore's defence, he's more than happy to oblige. After all, whenever somebody seems as guilty as Sarah does, it's usually for a good reason. But her case will prove far from straightforward, and Jack's investigation far from swift and painless. Loved the Jack Irish thrillers and now craving more Peter Temple? Then you now need to read his first standalone novel, An Iron Rose . . .
On a lazy summer morning, ageing author Vincent Duncan takes an unsettling phone call from his literary agent. Peter Temple indulges his humorous side in this scathingly brilliant portrayal of a writer past his peak.
The price of gold keeps on rising as the global economy suffers turmoil and low growth. Is now a good time to protect or even grow your wealth with gold investment?How to Invest in Gold is an authoritative guide for anyone thinking of buying gold and who wants to do so securely. Covering gold bullion, gold bars, gold coins and alternative ways to invest such as ETFs, financial author Peter Temple reveals the best options for those who want to safeguard their wealth with the value of gold. As well as listing the best places to sell and buy gold in the UK and around the world, he explains how to ensure value and legitimacy and explores likely returns. Before you buy a gold bar to put under the mattress, this timely and unique eBook is a must. It's the best way to be certain of retaining your wealth no matter what happens in the future.
Anne Carson: fifteen, beautiful, wayward. Abducted. Her rich family has closed ranks and summoned Frank Calder, ex-soldier and sacked police hostage negotiator. They want him to deliver the ransom money to the kidnappers. Frank wants them to call in the law, but the family refuses, since police bungling nearly cost the life of another Carson child kidnapped years before. But are the two kidnappings connected? And is greed the motivation? Revenge? Or could it be something else? To find out, Frank Calder must go beyond his brief. As Frank feverishly searches for suspects in the web of Carson family businesses and deals, marriages and indiscretions, rivalries and intrigues, he knows that if his instincts are wrong, the girl will surely die.
THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STANDALONE NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BROKEN SHORE. 'An Iron Rose shows just how good he is . . . the characters are brilliantly realised' Sunday Telegraph When men in police uniforms came to execute me on the roadside, beside dark fields, it was a definite sign that my new life was over. A regular at the local pub, a mainstay of the footy team, Mac Faraday is a man with a past living the quiet life of a country blacksmith. But when his best friend Ned Lowey is found hanged, Mac - who has learned the hard way never to accept things at face value - isn't convinced he committed suicide, and starts asking questions. As Mac's search for answers pushes deeper into the past, it resurrects the terrifying spectre of what he calls his 'old life', forcing him to turn to long-discarded skills not only to discover why his best friend died, but also to save his own life. Want more Peter Temple? Then maybe suggest trying his second standalone novel, Shooting Star . . .
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.
CFDs, or contracts for difference, have experienced a surge in popularity with private investors and traders. They are extremely flexible trading instruments that offer high degrees of leverage, the opportunity to go long and short and to hedge open positions in other tradable instruments. Similar to spread betting, traders can take advantage of price movements without having to buy the underlying asset, thereby avoiding stamp duty, broker commissions and 100% capital requirement issues. However, CFDs are high risk, predominantly because of their gearing exposure, and anyone entering this market should fully understand the risk and rewards before they start trading. 'CFDs Made Simple' is a short, straightforward, no-nonsense, practical guide to this exciting product written in Peter Temple's accessible style.
This book is a simple, practical guide to how you can use some of the newer investment products like spread betting, binary betting, contracts for difference, covered warrants and exchange-traded funds, as well as older ones like futures and options, to help your investing. In different ways, each of these products allows you either to: - boost the returns you get in exchange for taking on greater risk; - hedge your bets in exchange for slightly lower returns; - use much less capital to achieve the same market exposure; or - move money into and out of a range of markets and sectors efficiently. The author believes they are tools that all investors need to know about and be able to use when the occasion demands it. They should help you successfully confront any lengthy period of trendless or volatile markets. While the past three years has seen a generally strong upward trend in stock markets, this is not bound to continue. Periodic volatility is the natural order of things. Interestingly enough - despite what appears to have been a bull market - recent years have also seen increased use by private investors of many of the tools described in this book. Proof, if needed, that they work, and can be applied, in all market conditions.
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. When a prominent local person is attacked and left for dead, 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 Australia's major prize for crime fiction, The Broken Shore is a transfixing novel about a place, a family, politics, power, and the need to live decently in the world.
Like the courtesans of a bygone age, hedge funds cater to the wealthy and project an aura of mystery and excitement. But as the Long Term Capital Management debacle showed, their activities affect us all. Far from neutralising risk, as their name might suggest, some are simply vehicles for large-scale speculation - raiding currencies, disrupting bond markets, and embarrassing governments. This book looks in detail at the secret world of hedge funds, how they work, the larger than life characters who run them, their private passions and the risks they run.