Crime noir in the land down under, Dead Point is the third installment of Peter Temple's compelling and gritty Jack Irish series, now a series of Australian television movies starring Guy Pierce in the title role. In this episode Irish, a person-finder with penchant for gambling, is drawn from his pursuit of gambling debts to look for a missing barman who subsequently turns up dead. Michael Carmen performs the terse style of Temple's thriller with a blend of rugged Aussie machismo and contemplative sophistication, giving unique voices to each of the audiobook's myriad sordid characters. The setting of Melbourne is beautifully evoked, emphasizing the city's seedy underbelly.
He was closing in on me. I could hear his running footsteps over the sound of my heart, of the blood in my ears, of my panting. The children's playground ahead, beyond that the road gleaming wetly in the streetlight, the school, a light on in the school, a cleaner at work...If I could reach the road. Just reach the road.
Jack Irish - lawyer, gambler and people-finder - is hunting down the villains who hijacked the winnings from his latest betting coup when he is hired by a mystery client to find missing barman Robbie Colbourne. But Robbie turns up dead of a drug overdose.
©2008 Peter Temple (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing
I am always on the lookout for new thriller writers with a difference, so was delighted to come across Peter Temple a couple of years ago. His books are well written,cleverly plotted with a good range of characters; I particularly like his Jack Irish stories, of which 'Dead Point' is the latest and well up to the high standard of his earlier books. The book translates well to audio, and Michael Carmen,the narrator, gives it the authentic Aussie touch, and brings the characters vividly to life.
My only caveat is that I think it is preferable to have read the earlier Jack Irish books, as the author doesn't waste a lot of space backfilling, as it were, for characters introduced in previous stories. Otherwise it might be a little confusing to start with as the various characters make their entrance.
Overall, though easily a five star thriller and strongly recommended.
Author, reviewer, publisher @SilverWoodBooks.
Visceral and compelling. I really enjoyed it, as with all Temple's books. A very good listen.
Living in rural tranquility in France. I read everything except readers' l o n g reviews of books.
What a daft question! These are different mediums with there own qualities irrespective of any particular book.
Why do I do this? It has to be my last one - it's like a primary school book review. The questions reduce complex literature to . . . .well. . .who is your favourite character?!!!
Really liked the reading. Clear and unobtrusive yet capturing the spirit of the book and the characters
No laughing, not a comic book. No crying, not to tragedy. I was entertained and it kept me interested throughout
Not Peter Temple's best book but still head and shoulders above most offering in this genre.
"Do yourself a favour"
Peter Temple is winning awards from the Dagger, through Ned Kelly to Miles Franklin. Dead Point is Australian based and Melbourne centered. where it almost always rains unless it just drizzels wet air. This story is fiction but if you know anything about Australia, then police corruption with strong political links and very naughty boys are no invented props to spin a very good yarn.
Our hero, Jack Irish's family is not from the Emerald Isle but got their last name because Aussies could not pronounce their real surname.
Jack is a suburban solicitor who likes learning how to make quality furniture and has a few mates who like the horses and footy. From Judges, Kings of the Racetrack, to his Dad's old supporters in the local pub, to associates from the Vietnam War and the local cafe cook as well as to well known restaurants he is found and known to help resolve a few problems.
When things are quiet he sometimes collects debts, sometimes he finds people others want found. He has a sister and a daughter. He lives alone in a very trendy converted boot factory.
This is a good story and very well read.
"Excellent plot and character establishment"
Thoroughly enjoyed the book and expert use of language. Superbly read.
Can perhaps appreciate how some of the idiom might be be hard for some cultures ––however no worse than many of the "americanisms" with which we have to come to terms.
"First rate plot, scene and character development"
Peter Temple is just great in almost every respect. Jack Irish is the slightly lighter side, but no less enjoyable than a great desert is to to a gourmet entree. Plot, character, style, reader, dialogue, understated black humour, its all there for your listening pleasure. Give us more.
Hard to follow the language and the characters. I will have to listen again to figure out the ending.
Some of the words like bloks for guys and notes for dollar bills. I still was curious to how it was going to end. I believe it had 2 endings.
"Australia. Not What You Thought"
For me the Audio versions are always more enjoyable if the performance is well conducted.
The crisp machinegun like delivery of the narrator adds to the rhythm of the story line. The plot is strait line but takes tuning your ear to Aussie vernacular. Michael Carmen's accent lends authenticity to the yarn and the jargon embellishes the listen.
The main character's, Jack Irish, return to his home and his description of Melbourne, Sydney and other locales. Not a travel brochure but intriguing.
Jack Irish presents a hard boiled persona but is deeply caring about those in his circle. A true friend Aussie style.
You might be put off by the accent and new terms used but this is my second listen and I discovered things I glossed over the first time. Not the usual mystery but I will purchase all works written by Peter Temple.
This was one of the hardest books to get through, rambling, disconnected, plodding. Take a miss.
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