Legion:Broken Shore Peter Temple

The Broken Shore, originally known as Thal'dranath, is a zone in the southeastern area of the Broken Isles. The Tomb of Sargeras - and thus theBurning Legion's gateway into Azeroth - is located in this zone. During the Second War, Gul'dan raised this island up from the bottom of the sea.

The Broken Shore (2005) is a Duncan Lawrie Dagger award-winning novel by Australian author Peter Temple.

Synopsis

The novel's central character is Joe Cashin, a Melbourne homicide detective. Following serious physical injuries he is posted to his hometown Port Munro, where he begins the process of rebuilding the old family mansion and his physical and mental strength. Against a background of family tragedy, politics, police corruption and racism, he investigates the death of a wealthy local man, Charles Burgoyne. His closest friend and police superior is Villani, who is the central character in Truth.

Style

Written by the award winning author Peter Temple, the book continues with his trademark stark, staccato dialog, where superfluous words are removed and the meaning of each sentence must be dug out. In a typical example of Temple's flourish he describes a nearby derelict town as ¡°hardcore ¨C the unemployed, under-employed, unemployable, the drunk and doped, the old-age pensioners, people on all kinds of welfare, the halt, the lame".

Awards

  • Crime Writers' Association (UK), The Duncan Lawrie Dagger, 2007: winner
  • Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2006: longlisted
  • Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), Australian General Fiction Book of the Year, 2006: winner
  • Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing, Best Novel, 2006: joint winner
  • Colin Roderick Award, 2005: winner

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