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Whispering Death (Peninsula Crimes) by [Disher, Garry]
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Hal Challis is in trouble at home and abroad: carpeted by the boss for speaking out about police budget cuts; missing his lover, Ellen Destry, who is overseas on a study tour.

But there's plenty to keep his mind off his problems. A rapist in a police uniform stalks Challis's Peninsula beat, there is a serial armed robber headed in his direction and a home invasion that's a little too close to home. Not to mention a very clever, very mysterious female cat burglar who may or may not be planning something on Challis's patch.

Meanwhile, at the Waterloo Police Station, Challis finds his offsiders have their own issues. Scobie Sutton, still struggling with his wife's depression, seems to be headed for a career crisis; and something very interesting is going on between Constable Pam Murphy and Jeanne Schiff, the feisty young sergeant on secondment from the Sex Crimes Unit.

Garry Disher keeps the tension and intrigue ramped up exquisitely on multiple fronts, while he takes his regular characters in compelling new directions. Disher is a grand master of the police procedural, operating at the peak of his craft.

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.

'With so many exhibitionist forensic experts showing off their extraordinary skills, it's a rare pleasure to sit down to a traditional detective story in which solid police work solves a crime. Inspector Hal Challis is very much in charge of the operations in an excellent Australian series written by Garry Disher...There are no shootouts here. Just the drama of people from very different social classes locked in battle over the schools, the services, the beaches, the views - and a way of life that has already gone behind a cloud.' New York Times

'DI Challis and his sergeant Ellen Destry...are both deftly, yet complexly drawn characters: two of the best in the genre and Disher easily one of the best writers.' Weekend Herald

'Disher is a fine writer about place and also people. Challis, in all his testiness and kindness, is a carefully crafted senior policeman...As in all the best police series, there's continuity and change...Go Garry, Go!' Sue Turnbull, Age/Sydney Morning Herald

'In all, this is a world-class police novel and Disher continues to be one of our best and most consistent crime novelists. Highly Recommended.' Canberra Times

'This is classic Disher, the taut writing bringing a complex plot into as sharp relief as the vivid settings and dread-laden atmosphere do the fully rounded characters.' West Australian

'Disher works like a biographer, calmly attempting to assemble order in his characters' chaotic lives. Disher cares about their interlinked worlds as much as he does about labyrinth plots, fetishised violence and the showy brainwork of his coppers. As always this grand master propels us methodically yet elegiacally. But he doesn't just provide classy entertainment. His fiction is a kind of social barometer of prevailing tensions in the community, especially in the outlying badlands of Australia's provincial coastal towns.' Weekend Australian

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3320 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Text Publishing (23 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081D9M52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,668 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Nice character development. Just enough agro without being too messy. Enough space for a sequel or two. This is a telegram not an essay!
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This is the 6th Peninsula Murder Mystery I have read and it did not disappoint. I was wondering how an author could possibly think of more interesting and true to life crimes and characters to weave into a story but Gary Disher just does it! After straying to other novels in between, I came back to this author and was enthralled once again.
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Overall, having read all the Challis and Destry books to date this is a strong series. His characters are sympathetic even some of the baddies, if anything though his lead characters are a little too self aware, doesn't stop them being flawed, but gee you'd think they would have some real blind spots....
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of Wyatt 6 March 2016
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I've never really believed in Insp. Challis...for some reason his character was always too remote, too difficult to empathize with, even after this book - the 6th and last in the series. But the female cat burglar Suze or Anita or Tina or whatever she's calling herself now, from the first mention of her in this book became far more interesting and appealing than Challis. I think Garry Disher felt the same way and realized there were many more creatively interesting opportunities in following a crook than a cop, and thus Wyatt was born...a male loner who shares Suze's insights into people and her wide-ranging knowledge of potential heist opportunities but who is physically ruthless, with a work ethic copied from Parker, Richard Stark's ultimate Lone Avenger. Whispering Death is probably the best of the Challis books...Disher kept the best until last and then turned his talents to Wyatt, who is even more remote and isolated than Challis but acts far more consistently and is a much more successful creation as a character.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit! 14 October 2015
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Garry Disher continues to enthrall readers with his murder mysteries set in Austrailia. I love the characters, the settings, the vocabulary, and, most of all Garry's mastery of his craft. Keep 'em coming, Garry!
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for Challis 12 January 2013
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I admit that I am a sucker for continuing series in which I am as much interested in the character as the plot e.g. Bill Pronzini's nameless Detective, Peter Robinson's DCI Banks, Peter Lovesy's Diamond. Amazon prompted me to review the latest Disher before I was finished, but I am looking forward to the manner in which the various plots will intersect. I look forward to the next Challis.
5.0 out of 5 stars Disher is one of the best! 4 January 2013
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Second only to PD James, in my opinion, is Garry Disher. The Hal Challis novels are some of the best written I've read. Great stories and characters, and great prose. No pandering to mystery conventions, and no sentimentality for criminal or cops. These police procedurals comprise my favorite series in publication today. Bring more Disher to Kindle, Amazon!!!!
3.0 out of 5 stars Book 3 May 2013
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It was not as good as most of Mr. Disher's books. I was a bit disappointed.
But would buy another one of his books.

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