Author(s): Garry Disher
Constable Paul Hirschhausen runs a one-cop station in the dry farming country south of the Flinders Ranges. He's still new in town but the community work - welfare checks and working bees - is starting to pay off.
Now Christmas is here and, apart from a grass fire, two boys stealing a ute and Brenda Flann entering the front bar of the pub without exiting her car, Hirsch's life has been peaceful. Until he's called to a strange, vicious incident in Kitchener Street. And Sydney police ask him to look in on a family living outside town on a forgotten back road. Suddenly, it doesn't look like a season of goodwill at all.
'Disher is the gold standard for rural noir.' Chris Hammer
'There is no peace for a good man when the mercury rises, tempers fray and violence simmers. This is a scorchingly good novel.' Michael Robotham
'Peace tells the story of a cop exiled to a wounded town in South Australia's dry country. In this brilliant novel Disher takes his readers on a harrowing journey.' Jock Serong
'I loved Peace. It is an an uplifting book, an utterly compelling mystery with rare heart and humanity. If you enjoyed Jane Harper's The Lost Man, this novel is for you.' Dervla McTiernan
'Peter Temple and Garry Disher will be identified as the crime writers who redefined Australian crime fiction in terms of its form, content and style.' Sydney Morning Herald
I haven't read an Australian crime novel this good for a long time. Disher is the rightful heir to Peter Temple and Peace is the work of an author at the very top of their game. Set in the Flinders Ranges, a vast landscape that impacts on everyone and everything, Disher artfully portrays a small town forced to confront several shocking crimes. The prose is a bone dry as the countryside it describes and the characters are drawn vividly in all their petty grievances and desires. If you like dramatic, propulsive thrillers imbued with a literary sensibility, Peace is the book for you. Gavin