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Shooting Star [Paperback]

Peter Temple
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4 Aug 2011

Anne Carson: fifteen, beautiful, wayward. Abducted.

Her rich family has closed ranks and summoned Frank Calder, ex-soldier and sacked police hostage negotiator. They want him to deliver the ransom money to the kidnappers. Frank wants them to call in the law, but the family refuses, since police bungling nearly cost the life of another Carson child kidnapped years before.

But are the two kidnappings connected? And is greed the motivation? Revenge? Or could it be something else? To find out, Frank Calder must go beyond his brief.

As Frank feverishly searches for suspects in the web of Carson family businesses and deals, marriages and indiscretions, rivalries and intrigues, he knows that if his instincts are wrong, the girl will surely die.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (4 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857383515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857383518
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's always good to be the first person to discover talent -- and despite his immense success in Australia (he is that country's pre-eminent crime writer), Peter Temple has been something of hidden treasure for British and American readers. But Temple's days as a hidden treasure are disappearing, as more and more readers discover just how distinctive a writer he is (crime celebrity admirers include Val McDermid and Mark Billingham).

Temple (who won the 2007 Crime Writers’ Association Dagger with The Broken Shore) has, in Shooting Star, another winner. Prickly, fifteen-year-old Anne Carson is abducted -- to the horror of her well-heeled family. Disgraced police negotiator Frank Calder is commissioned to pay the ransom, but he has other ideas – there was another child kidnapping some years before, and Frank is convinced there is a connection. But the death of Anne Carson may be imminent.

All the things that make Peter Temple's books such pleasurable experiences are here: the steady, satisfying unravelling of a mystery, the gallery of idiosyncratic characters (notably the dogged -- and beleaguered -- Frank Calder). But the prime Temple virtue -- sheer storytelling acumen -- is what makes Shooting Star such a success. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'One of the best thriller writers in the world' Sunday Express.

'Plenty of surprises ... Shooting Star hits all the right buttons' Evening Standard.

'Put simply, Temple is a master' John Harvey.

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4.0 out of 5 stars top class crime fiction 22 Dec 2009
Quercus are doing a great job in publishing the novels of Australian crime writer Peter Temple.

I could have given five stars really except there is just one small problem I have with his books. They have an awful lot of characters all of whom speak in a fairly hip dialogue, and Temple switches the scenes quite rapidly. So these are definitely not books you can skim over. As a non-Australian, I find I have to concentrate quite hard, first to pick up the rhythm of the dialogue and then to stay on board as the story moves back and forth.

But having said all that I wouldn't miss one of these outback epics for the world. I buy them in hardback as soon as they come out simply because there is a richness to the stories that makes them quite different from any other fiction I read. I prefer the standalones (although the Jack Irish books are also very good) and Shooting Star is probably a simpler plot-line than some of his others. A wealthy family call in Frank Calder (ex-soldier, ex-police) to secure the return of a kidnap victim and we discover that the murky past holds the clues to what is happening in the present.

Frank Calder is a great character and I hope to see him again. If you haven't already tried Peter Temple I suggest you give him a go. But read slowly !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do not miss 8 Jan 2014
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superb storyline brilliantly written by Peter Temple This is a book you do not want to put down and regret when finished
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A new hero for Peter Temple - I don't know whether Jack Irish will be back in any further novels. Mr. Temple is a master of the gritty style and ironic humour, and conveying much in brief dialogues. He always gives his protagonists credible backgrounds, and layers of motivation.

I think he is the best thriller writer on the current scene
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4.0 out of 5 stars GIVE THEM THE MONEY!!! ANY AMOUNT!!! i WANT HER ALIVE 28 Aug 2009
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Frank Calder - ex-soldier and sacked police hostage negotiator - is just surviving making a living as a mediator when he's approached by the Carson Family, to help deliver the ransom money to the kidnappers of the great grand-daugther. NO POLICE last time the police were used in a family kidnapping the young girl was killed. The Carsons want NO Police help. Just give the kidnappers what ever they want!!!!!

Reluctantly Frank begins to deal with the kidnappers, who use a voice altering computer programme which Frank's best contacts couldn't change back to the real voice. The kidnappers must really know their computer programes as this is so high tech it is not out there yet!!!!! It has only been created and hard to find in the computer programmes future magazines. Frank becomes convinced both Carson kidnappings are connected and have nothing to do with money. It's revenge an eye for an eye. What has this family done to others in the past. Noone is talking. Franks hands seem to be tied every time he turns around.

Frank is sure this girl will die no matter how much they hand over to the kidnappers. Frank searches for suspects through the Carson businesses, deals,rivalries and some sleazy past deals.

Fast pace. Great narrating by David Tredinnick
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5.0 out of 5 stars taut, spare, frightening, poignant 5 Feb 2012
By J. T. O'leary - Published on
To my mind, one of the best books Peter Temple has written. Taut, spare, frightening, poignant. Raises the genre of thriller writing to a whole new level, not least because of the unexpected poetry of Temple's prose. The final image - of a guttering candle in a silent house - sent a shiver down my spine.
4.0 out of 5 stars love his writing but a little complicated 13 April 2014
By A. Chappel - Published on
I love Peter Temple's writing. his dialogue is outstanding, his snippets of poetic observations in between are a delight. BUT i found this plot a little too complicated. Hero was well outlined and described but the ending was a little abrupt. The Broken SHore is still my favourite.
5.0 out of 5 stars fast moving good novel 18 Dec 2013
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This is a well constructed novel with a multi plot/interest that keeps the reader wanting to know more. In the Jack Iris mold this highly recommended
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Peter Temples books 27 Oct 2013
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Love Peter Temples voice. He tells a great story and never fails to pull you along towards the end. Worth a read.
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