A Deadly Pleasures Best Ten Australian Crime Novel of the 21st Century "A perfect introduction to the work of veteran crime novelist Garry Disher . . . Stark descriptions of the sweltering outback will have your reaching for a cool drink. Hirsch is a classic lone wolf--or should I say lone dingo?--whose laconic stoicism and basic decency will have you longing for a sequel."
--The Seattle Times "Disher has drawn both a vivid and visceral picture of a backblocks bush town, its inhabitants ground down by the stresses of isolation, hard work and irregular, relentlessly shrinking incomes . . . The story pulls no punches."
--The Guardian "Disher writes and plots like the smooth old pro he is."
--Toronto Star "Disher's vibrant prose paints a wonderfully detailed portrait of small-town Australian life as well as delivering a tightly plotted mystery."
--Suspense Magazine "Probably the best and most complex of his books. Strong characters, vivid descriptions, and a clever plot make it a stand-out."
--Deadly Pleasures "The story is a compelling one and the multiple plot threads, none of which at first seem to have anything to do with the other--including Hirsch's exile from Adelaide--come together in a cleverly plotted manner."
--Mysterious Reviews "Striking... Writing of this quality does not come along every day."
--Reviewing the Evidence "Disher is a masterful write . . . I can't recommend [Bitter Wash Road] highly enough."
--Fresh Fiction "Exceptional crime fiction."
"A fast, gritty story is given texture by its individually crafted characters and thoroughly realised rural setting."
--The Morning Star (UK) "This noir bush police procedural paints a desolate profile of a hard, lonely life in rural South Australia, where people scratch out a living however they can in a changing economy. The story keeps moving with plenty of surprises as Hirsch makes his discoveries, culminating in a splendid climax. Highly recommended."
--I Love a Mystery "Garry Disher's new novel is a rewarding mix of small-town policing and corruption, parish politics, vested interests and the closing of ranks against an outsider . . . fans of good crime fiction and Australian writing alike should enjoy it."
--Australian Bookseller & Publisher "Garry Disher has been giving us highly intelligent literary thrillers for decades and he gets better and better, even as he wins more prizes for his resonant, poetic novels. Along with Peter Temple, he is the master wordsmith of local crime fiction and, to paraphrase Frederick Barthelme, his seemingly simple words trick us into the drama, and the drama breaks our hearts."
--Weekend Australian "Peter Temple and Garry Disher will be identified as the crime writers who redefined Australian crime fiction in terms of its form, content and style . . . Disher's eye for detail is acute and his poetic analogies precise . . . [Bitter Wash Road] continues the work of re-imagining the crime genre in a very Australian way, and does it beautifully."
--Sydney Morning Herald "[Bitter Wash Road] is superb."
--Weekend Australian "Not a word is wasted: here the ancient, bare, distinctive landscape of the hardscrabble country bordering Goyder's Line is conveyed with admirably atmospheric economy."
--Adelaide Advertiser "Turning the pages, readers can almost feel themselves squinting into the sun while wiping dust and sweat off the back of their necks . . . Hirschhausen is a character I'll remember for a good long time."
--Kittling Books "[Bitter Wash Road] is crime written in dry tense phrases. Garry Disher tells you everything and nothing making every page an intrigue and leaving you desperate to find out what the hell is going on."
--The Hoopla "[Bitter Wash Road] moves at a cracking pace and is a great read."
When Hirsch heads up Bitter Wash Road to investigate the gunfire he finds himself cut off without back-up. A pair of thrill killers has been targeting isolated farmhouses on lonely backroads, but Hirsch's first thought is that 'back-up' is nearby - and about to put a bullet in him.
That's because Hirsch is a whistleblower. Formerly a promising metropolitan officer, now demoted and exiled to a one-cop station in South Australia's wheatbelt. Called a dog by his brother officers. Threats; pistol cartridge in the mailbox.
But the shots on Bitter Wash Road don't tally with Hirsch's assumptions. The truth turns out to be a lot more mundane. And the events that unfold subsequently, a hell of a lot more sinister.
Garry Disher has published almost fifty titles - fiction, children's books, anthologies, textbooks, the Wyatt thrillers and the Mornington Peninsula mysteries. He has won numerous awards, including the German Crime Prize (twice) and two Ned Kelly Best Crime Novel awards, for Chain of Evidence (2007) and Wyatt (2010). Garry lives on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.
'Disher's writing is lean, cold and spare - right to the point and never a word too many. The story starts flat-out and never lets up.' Herald Sun
'Smooth, assured mastery.' New York Times Book Review
'Disher is a fine writer about place and also people.' Sue Turnbull, Sydney Morning Herald
'Exceptional crime fiction.' Courier-Mail
'Disher's writing is as lean and relentless as his hero. No one does dryly poetic evocations of paranoia and human folly more seductively.' Australian
'Disher writes so clearly about the physical environment, the social atmosphere, the impact of change and the interaction between the people...that it is easy to overlook the depths of analysis that he provides.' Australian Book Review
'Easily the equal of those by John Harvey, Ian Rankin and other leaders of this form of crime-writing.' Canberra Times
'Disher is definitely not to be missed.' Globe and Mail