--Mystery Scene "A sharp cold-case police procedural with plenty to intrigue the reader . . . Disher's mastery of plot lines can only be described as consummate thriller writing."
"Garry Disher is a master of understated and clear prose."
--Deadly Pleasures "Disher has created a wonderful, believable character in Alan Auhl. His innate kindness and investigative instincts interact in intriguing ways . . . Disher flawlessly combines the many storylines into a twisty final product that will surprise even the savviest of readers. And underlining it all, the Melbourne setting and the oddball cast of house residents make for an entertaining backdrop to the curious crimes."
--Shelf Awareness "In any novel by old pro Disher (Port Vila Blues), the characters have substance, the plots are strong, the action is credible and swift. This outstanding work will appeal to all -detective-o-philes."
--Library Journal, Starred Review "Beautifully written . . . the focus on such crimes as child abuse and religious scamming serves to show how justice is rarely gotten through institutional means."
--Publishers Weekly "The cases are interesting enough, but what lends above-average texture and interest is Auhl himself . . . A bighearted brooder who's been part of the justice system long enough to see many instances of justice unserved, Auhl may just be primed to tackle things on his own. As always, Disher writes with clear eyes and a sure hand. Strongly recommended."
--Booklist "Disher's characters, as always, pop from the page . . . don't you dare miss it."
--New York Journal of Books "Sometimes you know whodunit, sometimes you don't, but you always get the pleasure of watching how [Alan] Auhl handles each one. Alan knows what evil can show itself under the glare of cold, bright lights, and he is not afraid . . . Read this book and savor it."
--Kittling Books Praise for Garry Disher Winner of the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Crime Writers Association "Top-notch . . . Trust me, mate: Readers will want to make a return visit to Disher's Australia."
--The Christian Science Monitor "Terrific plot, nuanced characters and solid procedures, served up on a refreshing new turf."
--The New York Times Book Review "Colorful . . . Disher has literary talent and imagination."
"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."
"Outstanding . . . The spare, economical prose perfectly suits this tale of mad love and crimes gone wrong, which will remind many of Westlake's better Parker novels."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review