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Kittyhawk Down (Peninsula Crimes) by [Disher, Garry]
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Length: 288 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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An unidentified man is fished out of the sea with an anchor strapped to his waist. And for Detective Inspector Hal Challis, this sparks the beginning of a chilling series of shotgun killings.

As Challis investigates, a farmer on the peninsula erupts into violence and is the target of a massive manhunt. Meanwhile Challis's own emotional life is strained, and some of his police colleagues have allowed their public and private responsibilities to blur.

And then Challis finds some aerial photographs in the possession of his friend Kitty that link her to the murders.

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.

'Taut and terrific, Kittyhawk Down is crime fiction at its best.' Age

'Kittyhawk Down is a tough little thriller that never lets up and offers an all-too-convincing snapshot of the fraying at the margins of every modern city.' Hobart Mercury

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2325 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Text Publishing (2 August 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057C13FM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,950 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Surprise killer was never anticipated. I love that in a detective story!
Starring a beloved P40 Kittyhawk in Aussie colors is a solid idea never before seen.
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Gripping. I just love his style
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 24 June 2016
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Inspector Hal Challis of the Homicide Squad in Bushrangers Bay near Melbourne was depressed. His wife continued to contact him from prison and he couldn’t seem to free himself of his irrational feelings of guilt. He had two cold cases that were on his mind – a body recovered from the water and unidentified; and a little girl, missing for ten months. Plus his relationship with local reporter Tessa Kane was in a continual cycle of on again/off again.

Challis found himself out at the airport – his restoration of the 1935 Dragon Rapide airplane which he’d been working on for some time, calmed him. It also gave him time to think; he would often find an idea had loomed and would lead him in another direction in a case. Kitty Casement was also at the airport – she owned an old Kittyhawk which she proudly flew on a daily basis, taking photos near and far and selling the copies to the landowners. When her plane was wilfully damaged putting Kitty’s life at risk, Challis found himself and his team of officers thrust into a series of cases which caused absolute mayhem. With the body count rising, Challis knew they needed to find the culprit or culprits before it was too late. And their big question was – were the crimes and murders all linked?

Kittyhawk Down is the second in the Inspector Challis series by Aussie author Garry Disher, and it proved to be an extremely fast paced police procedural. There were multiple threads running through the book, with the ending pulling them all together. Twists and turns throughout, the plot was intriguing with my favourite character being Ellen Destry. I’ve enjoyed all I’ve read of this author to date, and will continue to look for more of his titles. Highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good story - just a little too much information 25 January 2009
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Garry Disher is a new find from Australia. I really appreciated his first Hal Challis novel entitled "Dragon Man" and launched into this, his second Challis novel, with the hope that Disher hadn't gotten an attack of sophomore slump. He did not. He built nicely on that first novel without using it as a crutch, and expanded and enriched our familiarity with the sounds and surrounds of peninsular Victoria province Australia. The only problem is that he built too much. This is a good book with too many story lines and it took a lot of work to read it. Which doesn't mean that I didn't like the book. I just could have liked it more.

One thing I did really like about this book is that Challis starts by easing us back into the lives and work environment of the police officers and detectives we got to know in "Dragon Man". It was a good, effective way to reestablish them. And even as I type this, I realize that this book is all about these people and the crimes they investigate are secondary to their own lives and interactions. And that's just fine. There is kind of a voyeuristic quality to the way we get to see so much.

The crimes here run the gamut from strange happenings at the local airfield where Challis keeps his forever-being-restored Kittyhawk plane, to an anonymous Meddler who spies and reports on local wrongdoers, to a pot-growing anarchist, to a suicide that isn't, to an especially kinky rapist, to Challis's wife who tried to have him killed (you notice I didn't say ex-wife), to...well, you get the picture.

And it really is all very well-written. It's just a little too much. But it does leave me with the feeling that I could walk into just about any house on the Peninsula and feel at home, right down to management of the loo.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 17 April 2014
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I'm a big fan of Disher and this did not disappoint. I like the way he has created the township and the somewhat flawed police community and tbe way he interweaves their lives with the goings on. All characters are developed and we see the 'good' and 'bad' within while the plotlines of cannabis growing, high finance, a meddler, a body on the beach and a missing child, presumed murdered, all seem independent at first but gradually get pieced together. Well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brief Review of Kittyhawk Down 8 September 2008
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Garry Disher has another winner with Kittyhawk Down. Protagonist, Hal Challis, and his team of investigators are realistically portrayed in their fears and cognitive skills on the job. Disher books contain a great deal of "noir" with a glimmer of hope for humankind that keeps avid mystery readers turning pages to find that grain of good. Nice descriptive text for those of us who haven't been to Australia.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 11 April 2013
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Once you get accustomed to the Australian/English language this book, part of the Inspector Challis series, is a great read! Multiple story lines, mystery and a bit of romance this fast paced book is a page turner.

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