With my love of crime fiction I am always interested when I find a book recommended on the Radio National program Books and Arts. One such book was Bitter Wash Road by Gary Disher. The title had been on my list for a while now and I was able to pick it up at the library recently. You can listen to the audio of the interview by downloading it here.
Hirsch is a whistle-blower. Formerly a promising metropolitan officer, now hated and despised. Exiled to a one-cop station in South Australia’s wheatbelt. Threats. Pistol cartridge in the mailbox.
So when he heads up Bitter Wash Road to investigate gunfire and finds himself cut off without backup, there are two possibilities. Either he’s found the fugitive killers thought to be in the area. Or his ‘backup’ is about to put a bullet in him.
He’s wrong on both counts. But the event s that unfold turn out to be a hell of a lot more sinister.
How refreshing it was to read a fantastic crime fiction novel in a beautifully portrayed Australian setting. I had read many of the young adult novels by this author when I was teaching but none of his adult books.
I will now search out some of his other crime novels as I can choose from a few.