Consolation by Garry Disher – Our Review
Consolation, featuring the solitary and anti-social constable Paul ‘Hirsch’ Hirschhausen who has moved into a one-man police station after a demotion, reveals authors Garry Disher’s talent for unpicking the layers of small country towns.
Hirsh finds his policing role veers wildly from enforcement to being an amateur psychologist, as well as fixer of all problems and general got-to guy when under stress.
Opening with a heartbreaking case of child neglect as well as a weirdly random snow-dropper stealing old ladies’ undies, to stalking and murder, we start to see how mental health issues and economic ruin can flare up like wildfire in remote communities – potentially devastating all around them.
Disher gives us a real sense of what it is like to live in a rural community, the great beauty but also the isolation, the warm sense of community. the off-beat characters. It might make you want to buy that beautiful rural getaway or alternatively head straight back to the city.
Along with Peter Temple and Emma Viskic, Garry Disher’s novels are a wonderful to the rural crime noir genre that Australia does so very well. Truly excellent.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books