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Dead point / Peter Temple.

By: Temple, Peter, 1946-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Jack Irish ; 03. Publisher: Melbourne, Victoria : The Text Publishing Company, 2014Copyright date: ©2000Edition: Telemovie adaptation tie-in edition.Description: 304 pages ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781922147356 (paperback).Subject(s): Detective and mystery stories | Irish, Jack (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Private investigators -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- Fiction | Crime -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- FictionDDC classification: A823.4 Summary: It takes a lot to rattle Jack Irish but, as Melbourne descends into a cold, wet winter, his mood is on the same trajectory. The woman in Jack's life has reconnected with an old flame. He has gambled and lost massively and seen a champion horse put down. It's not surprising that Jack's mind is not fully on the job he's being paid to do: find Robbie Colburne, occasional barman. But when Jack does get serious, he finds the freelance drink-dispenser is of great interest to some powerful people, people with very bad habits and a distinct lack of respect for the criminal justice system...Any lapse in concentration could prove fatal.
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It takes a lot to rattle Jack Irish but, as Melbourne descends into a cold, wet winter, his mood is on the same trajectory. The woman in Jack's life has reconnected with an old flame. He has gambled and lost massively and seen a champion horse put down. It's not surprising that Jack's mind is not fully on the job he's being paid to do: find Robbie Colburne, occasional barman. But when Jack does get serious, he finds the freelance drink-dispenser is of great interest to some powerful people, people with very bad habits and a distinct lack of respect for the criminal justice system...Any lapse in concentration could prove fatal.

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Library Journal Review

Temple's third Jack Irish thriller was named best crime novel of 2001 by the Crime Writers Association of Australia. Jack is an unorthodox lawyer who delights in bending the rules and would rather be doing almost anything else, such as talking about football or assisting a cabinetmaker in his painstaking work, than practicing his profession. Dead Point finds Jack searching for Robbie Colburne only to discover that the bartender has died of a drug overdose. Jack's pursuit of the truth leads him down a complex path of duplicity involving stolen identities and corruption in high places. Though the ending may be too subtle for some, Temple excels at creating vivid personalities and conveying the essence of the Australian world view. Michael Carman provides a lively reading, offering a mixture of accents to underscore the class differences among the wide array of characters. Recommended for larger collections.--Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Horse racing, Australian-rules football, and woodworking are unusual throughlines for any series, but Temple is as adept at enlivening crime fiction with unusual details as he is at turning the same old stuff into something new. Jack Irish would rather be engaged in any of these three pursuits, but the part-time suburban solicitor just can't avoid getting tangled up in nasty cases. Dead Point, the third Jack Irish novel, was first published in Australia in 2000 and has recently been made available in the U.S. It starts with a major setback at the track, continued incompetence by Jack's newly chosen team even his woodworking mentor has taken an unaccustomed vacation. And then there's his real job, in which he's asked to find a missing casual (part-time) barman on behalf of a judge whose interest is not nearly as casual as it seems to be. As is often the case with Temple, real estate comes into play, the ongoing rigged auction of Australia's most precious natural resource: land. The convoluted plot doesn't dovetail quite as well with the narrative as in previous books, but readers working their way through this short series will nonetheless feel an impending sense of loss that there's only one book left.--Graff, Keir Copyright 2015 Booklist

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