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At the close of a long day, Inspector Stephen Villani stands in the bathroom of a luxury apartment high above the city. In the glass bath, a young woman lies dead, a panic button within reach.
So begins the sequel to Peter Temple's bestselling masterpiece, The Broken Shore, winner of the Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel. 
Villani's life is his work. It is his identity, his calling, his touchstone. But now, over a few sweltering summer days, as fires burn across the state and his superiors and colleagues scheme and jostle, he finds all the certainties of his life are crumbling.
Truth is a novel about a man, a family, a city. It is about violence, murder, love, corruption, honour and deceit.
And it is about the search for truth.
 

Reviews

'Truth is a novel of rare power and much of that potency lies in its silences. The blank spaces occupy almost as much of its pages as the print. The dialogue conveys only that which is necessary, sometimes not even that. The bareness of the bones reveals the soul. Propelled forward by the momentum of the story, we cling to fragments of veracity from which it is engineered.' Shane Maloney, Australian Literary Review

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'Temple writes with great moral intelligence and visual acuity...unselfconscious poetry runs right through Temple's spare, tense prose...one of the best pieces of modern Australian fiction this decade.' The Week

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'Temple shows again that he can do the dialogue Australian like no other. He has a particular interest in bloke-speak, and what it omits...Truth is not a book to be gulped down like a shoot-up thriller, it demands careful reading.' Sunday Age

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'This richly textured and intricately plotted novel moves at a fierce pace...Bleak, yet brilliant.' Daily Telegraph

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'Thinking of how to sum up Peter Temple's deeply satisfying fictional world, it seems easiest to use the sort of language that one of his characters would, one of the cops, one of the crooks, one of the victims, take your pick: it's all f...cked. Everything is broken, everyone is damaged, no one is safe... Temple's characters inhabit a landscape as disturbing as conjured by Cormac McCarthy, and unlike the futuristic dystopia of The Road, their apocalypse is now...Like all Temple's work, even the lighter Jack Irish novels, Truth is about men and their fractured relationships with others, with themselves...the writing is diamond hard and clear, the pages demand to be turned, and he comes near the truth of things that matter...Temple's many fans will need no encouragement to read this book. If you are yet to join them, don't wait any longer.' Weekend Australian

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'The dialogue is so terse it is almost poetic. And yet, for all that, the sequel to Temple's The Broken Shore transcends genre. Forget the qualifier, this is writing.'Financial Review Magazine

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'Big business, state politics and policing intersect in what is possibly Temple's most astute critique of contemporary Australian society thus far. Not surprising given his uncompromising vision, Temple's writing has never been more precise or telegraphic…Truth is both confronting and electrifying. It is Temple's best book.' Sydney Morning Herald

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781921656620

    August 30, 2010

    Text (Adult)

    400 pages

    RRP $23.95

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781921520716

    September 28, 2009

    Text (Adult)

    400 pages

    RRP $32.95

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  • Hardback

    9781921520914

    September 25, 2009

    Text (Adult)

    352 pages

    RRP $45.00

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Also by Peter Temple

Dead Point: Jack Irish tie-in
Bad Debts: Jack Irish tie in
Black Tide: Jack Irish Tie In
An Iron Rose: Text Classics
The Broken Shore
Shooting Star
In the Evil Day
Dead Point
An Iron Rose
White Dog
Black Tide
Bad Debts