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In the Evil Day

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Award-winning author Peter Temple has worked as a journalist, editor and teacher of journalism and editing. He has just been named joint-winner of the NED KELLY AWARD FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL 2001 for DEAD POINT. This is his second win in a row -- SHOOTING STAR won last year -- and his third Ned Kelly Award. 'Temple's work is spare, deeply ironic; his wit, like the local beer, as cold as a dental anaesthetic' - THE AUSTRALIAN 'Temple is as dark and mean, as cool and as mesmerising, as any James Ellroy or Elmore Leonard' - THE AGE


This is the sixth novel from three-time Ned Kelly award-winning crime writer Peter Temple. Whereas Temple's previous books have all been based in Melbourne, where his character Jack Irish flourishes, In the Evil Day is set outside of Australia. This is new ground for Temple: an international action novel, the plot ricocheting between Temple's native South Africa, Hamburg, America and Great Britain. South African Con Niemand is an ex-mercenary who through bloody circumstances comes into possession of a video showing American troops `dispatching' African villagers. He flees to the UK but unbeknown to him the video is far more than it seems and he finds himself the target of a lethal manhunt. Former Beirut hostage John Anselm, a burnt-out war correspondent, is patching his life and memory back together in Hamburg, employed by a shady surveillance company. Through a series of murky threads their paths are destined to cross with terrible consequences. This is Temple's most ambitious novel to date and it succeeds on all levels. The detailed plotting never fails and the pace is relentless. This is no mundane thriller with cardboard characters but a tightly written violent drama laced with Temple's pithy dialogue and taut scenes. David Honeybone is editor of Crime Factory magazine. C. 2002 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors

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