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.
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.
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!