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Under The Cold Bright Lights

Garry Disher



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Text Publishing Company
29 October 2018
Fiction & Literature; Crime & mystery; Australian Crime Fiction
ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— Re-hired into the force to work cold cases, DI Alan Auhl’s laconic style sees him shrug off jibes from younger officers. Easing back into it, the first case is ‘Slab Man’, the gruesome discovery of a skeleton under a residential concrete slab. There are also new developments in two cases Auhl had investigated before his five-year hiatus: a dead farmer, and a doctor whose wives and girlfriends keep dying. When an unexpected turn of events makes it personal, everything changes. Disher is always enjoyable! Craig Kirchner


Gripping page turning thriller from one of Australia’s most celebrated literary crime writers.

The young detectives call Alan Auhl a retread, but that doesn’t faze him. He does things his own way - and gets results.

He still lives with his ex-wife, off and on, in a big house full of random boarders and hard-luck stories. And he’s still a cop, even though he retired from Homicide some years ago.

He works cold cases now. Like the death of John Elphick - his daughters still convinced he was murdered, the coroner not so sure. Or the skeleton that’s just been found under a concrete slab. Or the doctor who killed two wives and a girlfriend, and left no evidence at all.

Auhl will stick with these cases until justice is done. One way or another.
By:   Garry Disher
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   224g
ISBN:   9781925773217
ISBN 10:   1925773213
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   29 October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Under The Cold Bright Lights

`Under the Cold Bright Lights is a gripping page-turner of a book with a truly likable hero. Auhl must wrestle with his own morality as he faces a flawed system that threatens to allow for more harm than it prevents. Award-winning author Garry Disher expertly weaves together Auhl's different cases and dilemmas to create an authentically Australian standalone police procedural with a memorably different kind of protagonist-one I'm hoping will be able to take his big heart and keen sense of empathy to more crime novels in the future.' * Criminal Element * `Garry Disher has been giving us highly intelligent literary thrillers for decades and he gets better and better.' * Australian * `There are many twists to a tale that opens with one of those closely observed vignettes of outer suburban life that Disher does so well...It's a riveting opening scene, setting in motion just one of the cases with which the amiable Auhl will deal in the most cathartic of ways.' * Age * `Well-crafted and leanly written, this tense novel grips from beginning to end.' * Canberra Weekly * `Victorian crime fiction king Garry Disher is a literary machine...Bring on the next case.' * Herald Sun *

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