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Bitter Wash Road

#1 Paul Hirschhausen

Garry Disher



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Text Publishing Company
07 January 2020
A gripping prequel to Garry Disher's Peace, the must-read Australian rural crime novel of 2019.

'Shots fired on Bitter Wash Road . . . ' Hirsch is a whistle-blower. Formerly a promising metropolitan officer, now hated and despised. Exiled to a one-cop station in South Australia's wheatbelt. Threats. Pistol cartridge in the mailbox.

So when he heads up Bitter Wash Road to investigate gunfire and finds himself cut off without backup, there are two possibilities. Either he's found the fugitive killers thought to be in the area. Or his 'backup' is about to put a bullet in him.

He's wrong on both counts. But the events that unfold turn out to be a lot more sinister.
By:   Garry Disher
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 131mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   238g
ISBN:   9781922268402
ISBN 10:   1922268402
Series:   Paul Hirschhausen
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   07 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Garry Disher has published fifty titles across multiple genres. His last standalone novel, Bitter Wash Road, won the 2016 German Crime Prize, a prize he has previously won twice. In 2018 he received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award.

Reviews for Bitter Wash Road (#1 Paul Hirschhausen)

'Smooth, assured mastery.' * New York Times Book Review * 'A top-class writer.' * The Times * 'One of Australia's best-written crime fictions to date.' * Australian * 'An absolute corker of a crime novel and puts him up there with the likes of Michael Connelly, Ian Rankin and John Harvey...This is a superbly well-plotted thriller, beautifully written-especially the descriptions of the harsh outback-and with an intriguing hero, an honest cop faced with dishonesty at every turn.' * Shotsmag * 'Disher turns out to be a superb chronicler of macho pop culture.' * Sunday Times * 'Not a word is wasted: here the ancient, bare, distinctive landscape of the hardscrabble country bordering Goyder's Line is conveyed with admirably atmospheric economy.' * Adelaide Advertiser * 'Bitter Wash Road is superb.' * Weekend Australian * 'Disher is definitely not to be missed.' * Globe & Mail * 'Exceptional crime fiction.' * Courier-Mail * 'Peter Temple and Garry Disher will be identified as the crime writers who redefined Australian crime fiction in terms of its form, content and style...'Disher's eye for detail is acute and his poetic analogies precise...Bitter Wash Road continues the work of re-imagining the crime genre in a very Australian way, and does it beautifully.' * Age/Sydney Morning Herald *

  • Short-listed for Ned Kelly Awards, Best Crime Novel 2014 (Australia)
  • Winner of German Crime Prize, International 2016 (Germany)

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