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The Red Hand


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The unpublished, unfinished and unmissable writings of the unforgettable Peter Temple.

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Peter Temple was born in South Africa in 1946, and emigrated to Australia in 1980. He published nine novels, including four books in the Jack Irish series. He won the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction five times, and his widely acclaimed novels were published in over twenty countries. The Broken Shore won the UK's prestigious Duncan Lawrie Dagger for the best crime novel of 2007 and Truth won the 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award, the first time a crime writer had won an award of this calibre anywhere in the world. The Jack Irish series was adapted for TV with Guy Pearce in the lead role. Peter Temple died on 8 March 2018.


'Peter Temple is an addiction. Read one book and you will want to read them all.' * Val McDermid *
'Entertaining... [but] a sad reminder of what we have lost.' * Canberra Times *
'The Red Hand is the kind of satisfyingly dense book you'd want from an author you love, with a variety of formats within its pages for whatever mood you're in. In each piece - hell, numerous times on each page - there is Temple's callsign: rough lives, beauty found in strange places, caustic wit, a one-liner you might note down to look at again later. There will never be another Peter Temple, but for now, there's a whole lot more to love in this book.' * Readings *
'[Unfinished Jack Irish novel High Art] is vintage Temple with black humour, crackling dialogue, suspense and achingly beautiful descriptions...I kept turning the page and holding it up to the light, hoping for more words between the lines. I wanted to ring him up and demand an ending. Ultimately, I came to the conclusion that a quarter of a Peter Temple novel is worth more than the whole of many others.' -- Michael Robotham * Sydney Morning Herald *

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