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Snapshot (Peninsula Crimes) by [Disher, Garry]
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The neat suburban homes of the peninsula seem like an improbable setting for sex parties, blackmail and murder. Winter is closing in on the coastal community of Waterloo, and behind closed doors its residents have some peculiar ways of keeping warm.

When Detective Inspector Hal Challis is called to investigate the brutal murder of Janine McQuarrie, his progress is hampered by a web of lies and secrets. It doesn't help that Janine's father-in-law is Challis's superior: bureaucrat, golfer and toady Superintendent McQuarrie. The Waterloo coppers battle personal and political agendas from all sides.

Everybody has something to hide, something to lose. And someone in Waterloo is determined to kill again.

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.

'Disher's pacing is perfect and there is a rising sense of menace that simmers beneath the surface of his deceptively calm voice.' Weekend Australian

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1981 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Text Publishing (28 August 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057C132K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Not one of his best, but worth the read for its local colour. I don't get why he's had to invent a fictitious community, rather than calling it Hastings. He's true to just about all the rest of the Peninsula locale, with a big exception: I objected to the invention of a "boat people" detention centre. (I think it was in this book) because such a place has never existed on the Peninsula, and was thus a constant jarring note to the believability of everything else. This lost me "the willing suspension of disbelief",
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Always great fun to read about places you remember and seeing people operating in your own culture.
Good plot, well executed.
this bloke can write about what he knows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aussie Noir 30 July 2011
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Any crime fan looking for something new and unusual should go for Garry Disher's Inspector Challis series, and Snapshot may be the best of the five novels so far. I don't like to compare, it's not fair to either of the compared, but in Snapshot Challis runs into the kind of hassles that Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch does, from the criminals and from his superiors in trying to run down the killer of a young wife who recently snapped some photos of recognizable young executives at a wife swapping party. Since I'm not comparing writers, I will not say that Disher is sort of an Australian (the Mornington Penisula just south of Melbourne) version of Ed McBain. All five Inspector Challis novels (beginning with the Dragon Man)are well worth your time.
Disher is probably the second best crime writer (next to Peter Temple)to use the Melbourne area for his patch and he deserves to be much more read and appreciated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sex Kills 2 July 2006
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Australian Garry Disher spins his first US release in "Snapshot", a slick little noir jewel from down under reminiscent of Ian Rankin and his Scottish detective John Rebus.

Off to a fast and sordid start, yuppie psychologist Janine McQuarrie succumbs to her husband's pressure and joins the swinger set, joining Melbourne's sex party crowd. Taking time out from the panting and rutting, she takes some clandestine cell phone snapshots of her groping buddies. Shortly after, she is gunned down on a deserted Mornington Peninsula suburb in front of her seven-year-old daughter in an apparent contract kill. Turns out her oversexed husband is also son of the local metropolitan police commissioner, adding a heavy dose of office politics to the baffling murder mystery that Inspector Hal Challis is trying to unwind while the senior McQuarrie does his best to thwart Challis' efforts and keep his son's reputation clean.

Disher's story moves briskly, chock full of cops chasing crooks through dead ends and plot twists while leaving enough time for them to fantasize and occasionally act out their own sexual trysts. You may want to hang out an extra couple of nights at your local Outback to get familiar with the Aussie lingo, unless "chuffing the weed", "sea fret", or "pittosporum" roll naturally off your tongue. And then there's a less-than-subtle dose of left-leaning politics injected unnecessarily into a story that doesn't need embellishment.

In the final analysis, though, "Snapshot" is a unique peek under the covers of southern Australian culture - a steady mystery and solid police procedural well worth the time.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, easy read. 23 September 2014
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I'm a fan of Disher but this one wasn't quite as good as I had hoped. Somewhat more predictable and less about the crimes than about the lives of the police involved.

Of course, that's probably why I prefer his Wyatt books over Inspector Challis.

Silly but it's wayyyyy too Australian for me. I get past that with UK writers but Disher/Aussie slang continues to puzzle me. Inhibits reading.

His books are not generally available on Kindle either and outrageously expensive when you do find them.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good crime fiction 1 July 2014
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I bought this book not realizing I had already read it some years ago. Having bought it and not wanting to waste my money I re-read it and enjoyed it! I had forgotten who 'done' it and then remembered that in the first reading it had felt strangely unresolved but on the second reading I 'got' it. Garry Disher is an Australian writer so I like the familiarity of the landscape, social nuance and characters. The plot is quite complex with many twists and turns.
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful police procedural set in Austrailia. Reminded me of the best of Morse. 12 June 2014
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I am definately going to put Garry Disher high on my reading list. Like the best of the genre, this book has multiple story lines being worked on by a squad of detectives which all come together by the end. The climax was a real surprise and you will not guess it!

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