What do I and two-time winner of the Ned Kelly Award, recipient of a Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award and three-time winner of the German Crime Award, Garry Disher, have in common? Not a lot, except he does live somewhere on the Mornington Peninsula, I'm told. Peace was another very popular suggestion, not only via social media, but by a helpful librarian at my local (and very wonderful and much-appreciated) Mornington Library.
A full-time writer since 1988, Garry Disher has had over 50 books published and not only in the crime genre. He is also highly regarded for his literary/general fiction novels, his short-story collections, his YA/children's novels and his writing craft books. I particularly love the 'writing crime' advice that Garry gives on his own website.
Garry is also a writing mentor (see the ASA list of mentors) and creative writing teacher (I'd pretty much kill to get on one of his courses!). On his events page it lists his next event as being the Bayside Readers and Writers Literary Festival on 17th May 2020 - keep your eyes peeled for that one.
Peace, his latest novel, whilst listed as a stand alone, is in fact a follow-up to the prize-winning crime novel, Bitter Wash Road. The blurb about 'Peace' from the Text Publishing website describe it thus:
'Constable Paul Hirschhausen runs a one-cop station in a small, dusty South Australian town. He’s still new in town, but the community work—welfare checks, working bees, playing Santa—is starting to pay off. Now Christmas is here and, apart from a grass fire, stolen utes and Brenda Flann entering the pub without exiting her car, Hirsch’s life has been peaceful. Until a strange, vicious incident sends a ripple of violence through the community. Suddenly, it doesn’t look like a season of goodwill at all.'
I loved the puff quote from Michael Robotham (another of my fave crime-writing authors - go grab Good Girl, Bad Girl, his latest as well whilst you're at it!) for this book: 'There is no peace for a good man when the mercury rises, tempers fray and violence simmers. This is a scorchingly good novel.'
Brenda on Goodreads rated it 5 * and said: 'Peace is the 2nd in the Paul Hirschhausen series by Aussie author Garry Disher and I loved it! A fabulous follow up to Bitter Wash Road, and I can’t wait for the next in the series. Hirsch has a dry sense of humour and made me laugh on numerous occasions. He’s a good, hard working cop; well organized (maybe the paperwork suffers a little) and meticulous in his duty. There were plenty of twists, action and harrowing situations to keep me flying through the pages. Highly recommended.'