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Shooting star [Paperback]

Peter Temple
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Amazon Review

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.

Review

'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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Inside Flap

Anne Carson: fifteen, beautiful, wayward. Abducted. Her rich family has closed ranks and summoned Frank Calder, ex-soldier and disgraced 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 refused, 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.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Anne Carson: fifteen, beautiful, wayward. Abducted. The rich Carson family has closed ranks and summoned Frank Calder, ex-soldier and disgraced police hostage negotiator. Frank wants to call in the law, but is under strict instructions to deliver the ransom - this is not the first kidnapping in the Carson family, and hard lessons have been learned. But are the kidnappings connected? And is greed the motivation? Revenge? Or could it be something else? To find out, Frank Calder must go beyond his brief. And his every step into the darkness may end a girl's life.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Five-time winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction, Peter Temple is Australia's most acclaimed crime and thriller writer. He is the author of four Jack Irish novels and has also written four standalone novels: An Iron Rose (1998), Shooting Star (1999), In the Evil Day (2002) and The Broken Shore (2006), winner of the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Fiction in 2007. His most recent novel, Truth, won the 2010 Miles Franklin award. Peter lives in Ballarat, Australia with his family.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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