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Peace (edição: 2020)

de Garry Disher

Séries: Paul Hirschhausen (2)

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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.… (mais)
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Garry Disher doesn’t waste words, yet he paints a vivid picture of small town Australia. This is quality Aussie crime, with sparse prose, a winning blend of ordinary policing with the more extraordinary and harrowing, providing a wonderful insight into and sense of small town Aussie communities. Where Disher really hits pay dirt is in his depiction of everyday bushwhackery, and in his diverse range of offbeat characters, many with mental health issues, some neglected, others with alcohol issues and more. Then there is Hirsch, working all the hours, facing pressures from all sides, professional and personal, with his relationship with teacher Wendy Street coming under strain. This is a wonderful addition to what is shaping up to be a stellar crime series, and I cannot wait to read the next in the series. ( )
  Jawin | Oct 16, 2020 |
Paul Hirsch, former big city detective, is now a small town constable in the Australian outback, demoted for his role in a police corruption scandal. He was cleared, but his reputation was tarnished, and he was labeled a snitch. This stand-alone crime novel begins at a leisurely pace as Paul confronts small town issues and crimes--the town drunk, a pair of teenagers joyriding in a stolen car, the malevolent town busybody spreading rumors. Things turn more serious when several horses are stabbed to death and several more are mutilated. Even so, we are more than half way through the book when the murder occurs. I like this pace, however. I liked getting to know the town and its inhabitants. I like that the crime(s) are solved through the steady accumulation of facts and evidence. I like that there are no car chases, shootout, bombs, etc., though there is a poisonous snake and a brush fire. Some may argue that there's a bit too much coincidence, but I didn't find that to be so. Things do get tied up very neatly in the end (the town drunk reforms, the busybody gets his comeuppance), but this really didn't bother me. I've pretty much liked every book I've read by Gary Disher, and this was no exception.

Recommended.

3 1/2 stars ( )
  arubabookwoman | Aug 23, 2020 |
Garry Disher introduced us to Constable Paul Hirschhausen in BITTER WASH ROAD and he makes a welcome return in PEACE.

Hirsch has settled well into life in the mid-north South Australian town of Tiverton. He has a girlfriend, a local school teacher, and has worked hard to become part of the local community. Christmas is coming up and he is judging the town's Christmas lights competition, and putting on the Santa suit to give out gifts to the local kids. He works hard keeping tabs on local problems, but there are some who feel he doesn't pay them enough attention.

I loved the description of small town politics. It all felt so real, and the description of the setting is superb.

When a mother accidentally locks her child in her car, and a video posted by a local goes viral, things change rapidly. NSW police arrive in the town and things look very different.

This is #2 in the Hirschhausen series and I strongly suggest you read BITTER WASH ROAD - Hirsch ( - aka HELL TO PAY) first. See Amazon ( )
  smik | Apr 2, 2020 |
4.5 stars. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
Rural noir being the big thing at the moment, it's sad that many seem to have forgotten that there have been superbly talented authors like Garry Disher telling beautifully crafted, intelligent, and informed stories of the urban fringe, and the rural regions for many years. PEACE is the second book now to feature Constable Paul Hirschhausen, following on from BITTER WASH ROAD. As is always the way with a carefully crafted series like this, you can read PEACE first if you missed the earlier novel, although I was grateful that I'd read and remembered well the earlier novel, because Hirschhausen's story is part of the appeal.

Every single time I pick up a book by Garry Disher I'm reminded of just how assured, and deeply thoughtful a writer he is. Whilst my favourite of his series has always been the Wyatt books, I've developed a deep admiration for those that he sets in rural regions. Disher was a child of the South Australian Mallee area and his understanding of the landscape, climate, sensibility and the way people fit into dryland areas of Australia is obvious, without being overt. At no stage does anything in any of the books come across as patronising or demeaning, nor does he stray into sentimental tosh or hyperbole. This world, the people in it, the daft and good things they do, the trials and joys of their lives - they are what they are, the same as they would be for any community anywhere. Just add distance, varying weather and the swaying tight-rope walk that farming economic conditions have become.

Whilst re-introducing readers to Paul Hirschhausen (Hirsch as he's known), Disher has constructed a complicated plot that combines local interactions, some confrontational animal cruelty, far-flung interference, surprising kindness, appallingly violent murders, a family in crisis, a couple of families making the best of some complicated personal circumstances, and a browbeaten woman who finds the perfect way to handle her tormentor. Add to that Hirsch's ongoing rubs against distant police hierarchy, a fair bit of reference back to career lowlights in the past, and a clear sense of place and culture, and you end up with a story that starts off with many possible interpretations, and comes down to the all too common occurrence of people behaving badly and then trying to pretend they haven't. At many many levels. Along the way there is plenty to consider about the downturn in rural economies and respect for those communities; the difficulties of incomers and long term locals learning to get along; the complications that the huge size of a rural "beat" can create; the importance of trusting your instincts and not clinging too tightly to first impressions (yes that's a salient lesson in contradictions); and the value of a bit of local knowledge when it comes to solving crimes, and the disappointment that can sometimes bring with it.

When it comes to Australian sensibility, culture, and fringe communities we were lucky to have Peter Temple's acute powers of observation and interaction to create some stellar, pared back, Australian fiction. We should never forget that for that whole time we've had Garry Disher's local knowledge, acute observations and skilled writing ability, combined with an outstanding ability to spin a yarn in a particularly Australian tone. All show no tell, all dry and beautifully pared back, all true, and all so very elegantly delivered.

https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/peace-garry-disher ( )
  austcrimefiction | Nov 17, 2019 |
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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.

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