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Chain of Evidence (Peninsula Crimes) by [Disher, Garry]
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Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction, 2007.

Ten-year-old Katie Blasko is missing.

Detective Sergeant Ellen Destry, alert to rumours of a paedophile ring operating on the Peninsula, is thinking abduction. Her colleagues are thinking bad family, truancy. Her boss is thinking about the media. And everyone, including Ellen, is wondering whether she's good enough to handle this without D. I. Challis.

But Hal Challis is a thousand kilometres away, watching his father die. Ellen Destry's running the show on her own. And if she's right, Katie Blasko may be running out of time.

Garry Disher has published almost fifty titles—fiction, children's books, anthologies, textbooks, the Wyatt thrillers and the Peninsula Crimes series. 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.

'The plot twists lie a backroad short cut and pulls like the rip.' Sunday Age

'In his best novel yet in what has been a distinguished career, [Disher] propels us methodically yet elegiacally, the past impending on the present and setting the future into sometimes quite astonishing motion...Now on the same procedural shelf as international greats such as John Harvey, Tony Hillerman and Ian Rankin, Disher brings crime fiction back to simple facts, the painful themes that churn beneath banal surfaces. No one works the flat, elided plains of realism better.' Graeme Blundell, Weekend Australian

'This instalment puts Disher up on the world stage among the best in the business at this style of crime fiction.' Age

'Mulltilayered and multistranded, Chain of Evidence is written in vivid and uncompromising prose.' Sydney Morning Herald

'A compelling mix of procedural detail and action round out a fully credible plot and characters...a deeply satisfying read.' Publishers Weekly

'Disher has a slick, fast style that's delightfully free of filler and extraneous plotlines. Once the hook is set, he just lets the story pull you along...Disher is definitely not to be missed.' Toronto Globe & Mail

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2386 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Text Publishing (6 February 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005652AUM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,974 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This is the first Garry Disher book we read, then read the entire Challis and Destry series. He may be Australia's best writer of tight Police Procedurals.
Each writer tells stories differently from another, each having their own style, expertise and instinctive talent. Disher's website outlines his talent and volumes of work published, plus his interest in mentoring other writers, commendable.
Political era background is necessary to the setting here, fascinating and lightly touched on, not a focus, and this may not be the author's political view, just a background to the story. We can feel the locations, the story cleverly develops from two detectives' angles in these two locations.
His characters are well-developed, the pace is tight, his writing is thrilling storytelling succinctly told, satisfyingly concluded.
Love the entire series plus the other works. He is without doubt one of our contry's world-class authors, not only in crime fiction. More, Please!
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Disher does not appeal from a writing perspective to me as much as Peter Temple but this peninsula murder book is perhaps the best of the series. The characters appealed and revealed themselves well... Good to get more of a handle on Challis's somewhat disengaged character.
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Garry Disher is a great craftsman. His characters live and breathe. The plots are about nasty but believable people and the resolutions are eminently satisfactory. He has a fine sense of dialogue and leaves the reader wanting more. Well worth the read.
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An easy light read. Garry (as would all writers of fiction), would be better to leave his own political leanings out of the story, thereby not irritating half his readers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as strong as others of his I've read... 10 May 2017
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When Inspector Hal Challis’ sister Meg telephoned him saying their dad was dying, Hal took a month off work, much to the disgust of his supervisor. But the importance of this journey from Melbourne to South Australia was foremost in his mind – the last time he’d visited his family had been at his mother’s funeral.

While sitting with his father with nothing more to do but think, he became consumed with the disappearance of Meg’s husband Gavin some eighteen months previously. Gavin had never been found, but Meg had received some strange letters and other correspondence. She suspected Gavin had run off maybe to Sydney or some other far flung place…

Meanwhile Sergeant Ellen Destry had been left in charge in Hal’s absence and her first case almost immediately was of a missing girl from near her school. Katie Blascoe had vanished on the way home, and Ellen was concerned because of a paedophile ring which was rumoured to be operating in the area. There was also the worry of a family of trouble makers in the area, one young male having recently been acquitted on a technicality.

Was Ellen in over her head? And were her suspicions of a leak within the department correct? Plus was Hal causing trouble with him being out of his jurisdiction?

Chain of Evidence is the 4th in the Inspector Challis series by Aussie author Garry Disher and I was a little disappointed in it. It seemed to hold a lot of unnecessary extra “stuff”, and there were a lot of characters to keep up with. The focus was also on Ellen in this title, with Hal on the sidelines. Disher writes a good crime novel though, so I’ll continue to read his titles. Recommended for fans of the genre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars which I have enjoyed. Other reviewers have summarised the story well 6 July 2014
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This is a solid police procedural following on the previous books, which I have enjoyed. Other reviewers have summarised the story well, so I won't do that. My reservations are with the two plot lines and this made it less interesting for me, as the murder that Hal Challis investigates in his home town seemed a little like padding, as did the backstory of his growing up and growing away from his family and small country town beginnings. I also found some minor characters, such as Tankard and McQuarrie, veered towards caricature at times and were not so credible.
However, I generally enjoyed the book but found the others in the series more satisfying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pedophiles who make fools of mothers and victims of their daughters... 25 January 2009
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Dang it! Disher's at it again. I really like his writing and especially like the setting of his stories in peninsular Victoria, Australia. But the man doesn't seem to have met a story line that he didn't want to include in his novels. His last book, "Snapshot" wasn't as busy and it was much better for the manageable number of subplots and crossplots.

This time, Inspector Hal Challis is called away to his childhood home, Mawson's Bluff, in the Outback of S.E. Australia. His father is dying and there are relationships to resolve and ghosts to chase. Challis's interactions with his sister and father are lovely pieces of this book. The mystery to be solved in Mawson's Bluff is a bit of a clunker but it isn't awful.

Meanwhile, Sergeanty Ellen Destry has been put in charge of Challis's Crime Investigation Unit and is staying at his house in his absence. She's left her marriage and is unsure about a budding romance with Challis. (Just the usual complications at the office.) Because Challis is gone, Ellen must pull together the team to investigate an awful crime - the abduction of a child by a pedophile with a clever system that makes fools of mothers and victims of daughters. This is a tough storyline and flinchingly close to today's headlines. But it is well-written and tells a necessary story about how fiends acquire and exploit children.

I've been a pretty faithful Disher reader since "Dragon Man" and I see no reason to stop - I just wish he'd flesh out his good main stories and give a few of the side stories a rest, even if it means we don't get such detailed insight into the lives of our complex police unit.
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense plus insight! 14 April 2013
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I chose this book after enjoying earlier ones in the series. Disher writes gripping suspense, but many authors do. His characters like Challis and Destry are shown to be real human beings, warts and all. There is no pretense of being super sluthes. But what I find most enjoyable to an American reader is his street level inside view into Australian life. You'd have to live there to experience it better. I'm totally hooked!
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5.0 out of 5 stars His best yet 22 May 2009
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I've liked Disher's writing since first reading "The Dragon Man." For me, this was his best since that debut. "Kittyhawk Down" and "Snapshot" were both very good, but not quite as good as "Dragon" or this one. Excellent character development, especially with Ellen Destry, very well plotted and a good sense of setting. And I have to disagree with another reviewer about too many subplots. Can't wait to read his next one.

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