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Whispering Death (Paperback)
Set in Australia, by an Australian author I’ve long admired, this is the 6th Hal Challis novel. But it’s not really about Insp. Hal Challis, it’s about Grace. (“Grace was as good a name as any…”) She’s one of those characters that only the most insightful authors can create: a charming, mysterious and intelligent free-thinker not bound by conventional standards. A slightly more mature Holly Golightly. When you meet her she immediately becomes your favorite person, and you immediately want to become hers. (This happened to me on page one.)
Meanwhile Challis has problems everywhere. He’s in trouble with his superiors for having spoken out, rightfully, about the underfunding of local law enforcement; his right-hand man on the force is a woman with personal problems of her own; his lover Ellen Destry is off on a long trip to Europe; and there’s a cat-burglar working very effectively in the area.
A skillful writer can have a field day with all of this, and Garry Disher is a very skillful writer. And a reader can have a very good time reading this book.— Bill
The long-awaited sixth installment in the Inspector Hal Challis series set in Australia, available in the United States at last!
Hal Challis is in trouble at home and abroad: dressed down by the boss for speaking out about police budget cuts; missing his lover, Ellen Destry, who is overseas on a study tour. But there's plenty to keep his mind off his problems. A rapist in a police uniform stalks Challis's Peninsula beat, there is a serial armed robber headed in his direction and a home invasion that's a little too close to home. Not to mention a very clever, very mysterious female cat burglar who may or may not be planning something on Challis's patch. Meanwhile, at the Waterloo Police Station, Challis finds his officers have their own issues. Scobie Sutton, still struggling with his wife's depression, seems to be headed for a career crisis; and something very interesting is going on between Constable Pam Murphy and Jeanne Schiff, the feisty young sergeant on assignment from the Sex Crimes Unit.
About the Author
Garry Disher is one of Australia's best-known novelists. He's published over 40 books in a range of genres, including crime, children's books, and Australian history. His Wyatt series is also published in the US by Soho Crime. He lives on the Mornington Peninsula, southeast of Melbourne. "From the Hardcover edition."
Praise for Whispering Death
"Top-notch ... Trust me, mate: Readers will want to make a return visit to Disher's Australia."
—The Christian Science Monitor
"Versatile and prolific, Disher keeps this series fresh and again delivers a procedural with real authority."
"It's hard to convey the richness and fluidity of Disher's style as he sends us along the ride...saving room for a perfectly placed line or the gesture that sums up a character ... those who haven't read Disher before will wonder why it took them so long."
—Reviewing the Evidence
Praise for the Hal Challis series
"Terrific plot, nuanced characters and solid procedures, served up on a refreshing new turf."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Delightful ... BUY IT."
—New York Magazine
—Washington Post Book World
"The fifth book featuring Disher's team of romantically involved crime-solvers has them investigating the Down Underbelly of an Australian vacation spot."
"Colorful.... Disher has literary talent and imagination."