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A Phone Message From Ex Client Danny McKillop Doesn T Ring Any Bells For Jack Irish Life Is Hard Enough Without Having To Dredge Up Old Problems His Beloved Football Team Continues To Lose, The Odds On His Latest Plunge At The Track Seem Far Too Long, And He S Still Cooking For One When Danny Turns Up Dead, Jack Is Forced To Take A Walk Back Into The Dark And Dangerous PastWith Suspenseful Prose And Black Humor, Peter Temple Builds An Unforgettable Character In Jack Irish And Brings The Reader On A Journey That Is As Intelligent As It Is Exciting This is a new author for me and I will be looking out for him in future.His familiarity with Australian speech patterns and the ability to have his characters speaking in a believable way resulted in his characters being brought to life for me Following on from reading a Richard Flanagan book, I couldn t help but be impressed by the difference in their ability to reproduce the Australian idiom.My criticism is that the author lets his imagination run away with him at the end, when we have assassins on a bike, a house explosion, a rooftop escape and quite some murders Phew Good escapist stuff, excellent dialogue with a sense of humour, despite a rush of blood to his head at the end. There s nothing not to like here good writing, complicated plot, fun setting in Australia However, if you ve read enough of this type of book, you can go through the checklist Black best friend Check Tragic experience in past Check Recovering alcoholic Check Police contacts Reporter girlfriend Colorful friends Check, check, check There s nothing new here, but it s fun. The plotting is always convoluted in a Peter Temple read You do at times scratch your head but thenthere s so much verve in these pages peopled with some beautifully drawn characters and a tangible sense of place and time that the ride is something you are not keen on concluding.Jack Irish as gumshoes go is very credible indeed He comes to us in this, in the first of the series, fully formed Dodgy Opportunistic Living on the edge at bit But genuinely one of us Neither a cowboy nor spiv A tad cowardly He s not even one iota psychopathic As a lawyer who has decided to live closer to the street and on his wits, Jack Irish is a stand out crime fiction remake Aiding him is a lot of discursive humour and a great command of Australian cultural s and peculiarities Evenso Jack Irish is oh so very much a Melbourne boy that I pity those whose roots are elsewhere because they d miss the papable reflection that draws so much on the city and its people to enliven it For some of us, reading Bad Debts is almost as good as a visit back home. Set mainly in Melbourne, once a criminal lawyer, John Jack Irish is now making his way out of a dark period of life that he drifted into after the death of his second wife who died at the hands of an unhappy client Trying to deal with his pain, Jack drowned his sorrows in alcohol and became a collector of serious debts, as well as a gambler betting on the ponies He does some odd work for a couple of men in the horse racing business But there s another side to Jack as a sort of therapy, he also helps a friend make furniture, finding a bit of peace and pride in his work, and he has a huge heart He s a dad to daughter Claire He tries to stay on the side of law and order, but there are moments when he sometimes has to cross over that border.As the novel opens, Jack checks his answering machine to find a number of messages from a client, Danny McKillop, who Jack once defended in a hit and run accident He pleads with Jack to meet him, but Jack doesn t remember him at the time and the last message was left a couple of days earlier Now curious, Jack digs into the case files, where he discovers that McKillop had been accused of the death of Anne Jeppeson, a young activist some ten years earlier McKillop had pleaded guilty after a witness positively ID d him as the driver of the car McKillop had pleaded guilty and received ten years for his crime Now out, it seems that he really wants to talk to Jack As Jack pokes around, he starts thinking that perhaps McKillop wasn t the one behind the wheel little does he know that he is opening a veritable Pandora s box of an investigation, helped along by a gorgeous journalist named Linda Hillier It isn t long until he discovers that someone is willing to kill to keep Jack from getting to the truth In a story that is part hardboiled noir with added bits of action packed conspiracy thriller, Jack has to navigate between bullets, explosions and a host of shady people to get to the truth The problem is that Jack has no idea who to trust.My first experience with Peter Temple is with his The Broken Shore, which I loved and which has muchof a literary feel to it than does Bad Debts Having said that, Bad Debts really kept me on my toes and kept my brain engaged trying to figure out the 10 year old mystery of Danny McKillop And while I m normally not a huge fan of the fast paced variety of thriller conspiracy novel, this one I liked, not only because of the writing in which Temple has crafted a very tightly woven and controlled story despite the number of crazy twists and turns, but also because of the characters, especially, but not limited to, Jack himself Rarely do I like a first series novel this much, but I was sucked in from the beginning and just couldn t let it go.