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Gunshot Road: An Emily Tempest Mystery

Gunshot Road: An Emily Tempest Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Adrian Hyland
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'Every word comes over as vividly as an eyewitness's description of something that happened half an hour ago' Literary Review.

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Emily Tempest: short, loud, sharp as a taipan's tooth.

Last seen in the award-winning Diamond Dove, Emily has a new job: an Aboriginal Community Police Officer. A cop. Not quite what she had in mind when she returned to Central Australia. But for an Aboriginal woman in a pissant mining and meatworks town, the career options are limited. And there's a car attached.

Her new boss, the dour Superintendent Cockburn, sees her role as making tea and rounding up the truants. But when one old friend is murdered out on the Gunshot Road and another one gets the blame, Emily leaps into the investigation feet first, mouth never far behind.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 461 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857381202
  • Publisher: Quercus (3 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YO710K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,071 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story based around a wonderful character 14 May 2012
By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Diamond Dove, Adrian Hyland's first Emily Tempest novel, was one of my books of 2009. It was with great anticipation then that I waited for Gunshot Road. The novel lived up to my expectations. In Emily Tempest, Hyland has created a wonderfully engaging character; half-aboriginal, half-white, she oscillates between two worlds. Quick witted, head-strong, caring and obstinate, she ploughs her own unique path through life. In fact, the whole book is populated with well penned characters that have depth and inner life. Hyland does a great job of immersing the reader in the small, fractious communities and strained social relations of outback Australia, creating a vivid sense of place. And he has wonderful, expressive turn of phrase and lively and witty prose. The storytelling, as a whole is excellent, the plotting and narrative strong, particularly in the first half of the book. The second half does suffer a little from an attempt to build tension through a series of multiple pressure points, and increasingly shorter chapters. That said, this really is a great read and one I've already recommended to friends.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
(3.5 stars) Newly appointed Aboriginal Community Police Officer Emily Tempest has returned to her roots in Bluebush in northern Australia after more than ten years studying and traveling abroad. The daughter of Motor Jack, a white geologist/gold prospector and an aborigine mother, she grew up in her mother's culture until she was a teenager and has always felt more comfortable there. Having returned to live with "her" people when she is in her twenties, she continues to resent the intrusions of the "civilized" white world and the damage it has caused to the natural world venerated by the aborigines.

Hyland himself spent many years living and working with the indigenous people in the Northern Territories, and he vividly recreates aborigine family life, which is still nomadic and hand-to-mouth in many communities. The young people are easily attracted to alcohol and drugs, readily available in towns, more than they are to the traditional values of their elders, and the unemployment rate is stratospheric. In this second novel in the Emily Tempest series, little seems to have changed in the racial attitudes of the "whitefellers" toward the aborigines, with many police investigations, as Emily quickly sees, guided more by what investigators still expect than by what any evidence actually shows.

A smart woman, as hard as the local rocks and geological strata that have attracted opportunistic miners from all over the world, Emily can also be as quixotic and mysterious as the spirits which she and her people believe move in and out of their lives, keeping the forces of nature in balance.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emily Tempest is one tough gal 8 Mar 2012
By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
First Sentence: I closed my eyes, felt the ragged harmonies flowing through my head.

Emily Tempest's new career as an Aboriginal Community Police officer starts with a new, by-the-book boss and the murder of a scientist at the Green Swamp Well Roadhouse. Emily doesn't believe the man arrested is guilty. She believes his death had more to do with his research and sets out to find the real killer.

I enjoyed "Gunshot Road", but not as much as the first book. I kept feeling as though there was a book missing between this and the first book in the series, as Emily's growth seems abrupt. What bothered me even more, the author seemed to assume the reader had read the first book as there was very little character development.

There are scenes that are very painful to read. While I understand one scene of Emily wanting to leave the hospital, there's the knowledge of the book being written by a man where the protagonist can go from beating to beating without needing time to recover. Some of the scenes seem a little too opportune.

I did like the spiritual aspect and inclusion of an environment issue, even though it slightly overwhelmed by the story. In fact, although I did like the book, I was disappointed it didn't focus more on Emily and felt both she, and the plot in general became lost in the book being a classic beat-up, car-chase, threaten-the-protagonist story.

While I enjoyed "Gunshot Road", I don't know that I'll race out to buy the next book in the series.

GUNSHOT ROAD (Pol Proc-Emily Tempest-Australia-Contemp) - G+
Hyland, Adrian - 2nd in series
Soho Crime, 2010
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gunshot Road: An Emily Tempest Mystery 7 Jun 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not only was it a good mystery but all the characters were described well and really came to life. The interplay between events happening in the present and the aboriginal beliefs worked really well, raising the book above a standard mystery novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exotic 5 Mar 2013
By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The setting for this book is well outside my experience so to me it is exotic, as in hot and foreign, not luxurious in any shape, manner or form. This is a tough, gritty novel in action and language but also mystical and slightly dreamlike. A strangely compelling mixture. I found the details of aboriginal culture fascinating although I already had some idea of their difficulties in western society.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in a different slant on a fairly standard thriller plot.
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