Peter Temple has won five Ned Kelly Awards for his novels, and won the world’s most prestigious crime writing prize, the Duncan Lawrie Dagger. Formerly a journalist and teacher of journalism and editing, he turned to fiction writing in the 1990’s.
His four Jack Irish novels (Bad Debts, Black Tide, Dead Point and White Dog) are set in inner Melbourne, around Fitzroy and the CBD. They feature the marvelously dry-witted former criminal lawyer Jack Irish, who has all manner of friends both crooked and straight.In order to help them, as any good friend would, he tends to bends the law to his own advantage. It all makes for a fantastic read.
Peter has also written three stand alone novels, An Iron Rose, Shooting Star and In the Evil Day.
The Broken Shore won the world’s richest prize for crime fiction, the UK Crime Writers’ Association Duncan Lawrie Gold Dagger, the first Australian to win the prize.
Previous winners include John le Carre, Ian Rankin and James Lee Burke.
His books are published in more than twenty countries.
Peter spoke with local author Gregory Day ( Author of The Patron Saint of Eels and Ron McCoy’s Sea of Diamonds), about a peaks and pitfalls of writers life amongst a booked out crowd at Great Escape Books.
As with his books, he was a spellbinding speaker. Peter’s latest book is Truth, which leads on from The Broken Shore.
Compulsive, searing and utterly convincing, Truth is fast paced and brutal in intensity and comes highly recommended as easily the best new crime novel of 2009.