I've really enjoyed other Peter Temple books, especially Jack Irish thrillers, so I was very much looking forward to this one. If it had been my first..Show More », I think I might have enjoyed it more but this outing felt a bit formulaic to me. The situations all seemed familiar (horse-racing, cabinet-making, the pub, a mystery, some violence, a pretty woman) and I must admit to wanting a new angle somewhere. However, the story was interesting and competently told, and Jack Irish is a character that it's easy to like and root for. The narration is superb and Marco Chiappi clearly relishes 'being' Jack Irish - I can't imagine anyone else doing justice to it! To summarise: good but not mind-blowing, and if this is your first Jack Irish you'll probably have great fun.
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 ..Show More »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.