Winner – Australian Book Industry Award for General Fiction
Shortlisted – Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
Shortlisted – Victorian Premier’s Awards for Fiction
Shortlisted – Australian Book Industry Award for Book of the Year
An Australian Financial Review
Book of the Year “Truth
is about family and morality, city and countryside, private dilemmas and public responsibilities. It’s also a stunning piece of psychological portraiture.” — The Guardian
“Temple’s award-winning The Broken Shore
was good; this is better.”
— The Independent
is both confronting and electrifying. It is Temple’s best book.”
— The Age
“Absent mothers, unspoken tensions, family secrets all hover like shadows over this story. . . . It is mesmerizing reading . . . and it marks Peter Temple as one of our greatest writers.”
— Sunday Telegraph
“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.” — The Australian
succeeds as a well-paced, most engaging crime novel, a world-class effort. It is also one of the best pieces of modern Australian fiction this decade if not for many decades."
— The Courier Mail
“This sequel to The Broken Shore
is every bit as good. . . . It seduces you. This is a wonderful book, one of the best of the year.”
— Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail
“Peter Temple’s latest is blistering. . . .a world-class, gobsmacking novel.”
— Winnipeg Free PressFrom the Hardcover edition.
'The sense of place is stifling in its intensity, and seldom has a waltz of the damned proven so hypnotic. Indispensable" Guardian. 'Great locations, hard-nosed dialogue and a twisting plot combine to create superb entertainment' Evening Standard. 'It is, quite simply, the best thriller I have read in years... What Temple does with this standard raw material is astonishing. Superb plotting, pinpoint-accurate characterisation, a claustrophobic atmosphere, complex relationships and shifting alliances combine to pull the reader into the story and actually to care about the outcome The use of dialogue in this novel is brilliant; spare, terse exchanges in which what is not said often outweighs what is. Temple has stripped back the language to the bare essentials, capturing both the macho culture of the police force and the underlying insecurities of his characters... There is wisdom here far beyond that which is usually contained between the covers of the conventional police procedural thriller, and the climax, as the bush fires in the outback threaten to encroach on the city itself, is masterful. Truth is a novel of the highest order, able to stand comparison with the best of any genre... Enjoy!' Tribune 'Peter Temple's Truth may well prove to be the year's best thriller... It's the fierce energy of Temple's writing that is the book's outstanding feature - the dialogue and linking prose almost vie to outdo each other in brilliance' Sunday Times. 'A thriller of dazzling richness... leaves the reader ravaged, furious and marvelling at his technique... a stunning piece of psychological portraiture' Guardian. 'One of the world's most distinguished literary crime novelists' Independent.