Bitter Wash Road

by Garry Disher | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 1922268402 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingcrimson-tidewing of Balingup, Western Australia Australia on 4/12/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingcrimson-tidewing from Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Monday, April 12, 2021

When Hirsch heads up Bitter Wash Road to investigate the gunfire he finds himself cut off without back-up. A pair of thrill killers has been targeting isolated farmhouses on lonely backroads, but Hirsch's first thought is that 'back-up' is nearby-and about to put a bullet in him. That's because Hirsch is a whistleblower. Formerly a promising metropolitan officer, now demoted and exiled to a one-cop station in South Australia's wheatbelt. Called a dog by his brother officers. Threats; pistol cartridge in the mailbox. But the shots on Bitter Wash Road don't tally with Hirsch's assumptions. The truth turns out to be a lot more mundane. And the events that unfold subsequently, a hell of a lot more sinister.

Journal Entry 2 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Monday, April 12, 2021

This is the first of the "Hirsch" series by Garry Disher. I read the second one (Peace) last year, and while it read OK as a standalone this one fills in quite a bit of the backstory and I wish I'd read this one first.
Never mind.

Disher is a masterful storyteller, especially in this so called sub-genre of "rural noir". His writing is clean and spare with few words conveying so much, and the resulting sense of place portraying a small outback country town in South Australia is spot on. As well, the harsh, unforgiving landscape is as much a character as any human. Unfolding gradually, the plot contains murder, mystery, and menace, and also a couple of twists.
Highly recommended.

Reserved as a wish list tag.

Journal Entry 3 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Monday, April 12, 2021

Released 2 yrs ago (4/13/2021 UTC) at Balingup, Western Australia Australia


Wish list tag to Edwardstreet, so off on a journey.

Journal Entry 4 by wingEdwardstreetwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Monday, April 26, 2021
Wonderful, so looking forward to this. Many thanks. I too have read Peace which I really enjoyed hence on the Wishlist.

Will release once lockdown is over

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