Truth

Truth

Book - 2010
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Inspector Stephen Villani, head of homicide in Melbourne, Australia, has a full agenda: a murdered woman in a penthouse apartment, three men butchered in a sadistic rampage, a tattoofaced drug dealer corrupting his rebellious daughter, a crumbling marriage. As these seemingly unrelated events begin to unfold, Villani finds himself immersed in an unfamiliar world of political scandal and ethical ambiguity. He must navigate the inept bureaucracy that is the police department, all the while maintaining a solid front and trying to keep the press, his family, and his own past from breaking him completely. With each twist and every turn of this taut crime novel, Villani is forced to question whom he can trust.

While The Broken Shore captured the harshness and beauty of regional Australia, Truth captures the grim reality of the city and the people who struggle to hold on to any certainty that they can find. Tense and unrelenting, this unforgettable novel confronts the complexity of human relationships and the difficulty of escaping the past.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.
ISBN: 9780374279370
0374279373
Characteristics: 386 p. ; 24 cm.

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Folly
Apr 06, 2017

Reading over the other reviews I went, "Phew, it wasn't just me who was confused over who was who." I enjoyed the book but found myself losing the plot as the dialogue between characters was a little too cryptic at times to follow.

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ilovewhippets
Jan 06, 2015

I enjoyed this book! Good story!

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downsman
Oct 01, 2014

I have read Temple's Jack Irish books--all excellent--and seen the TV movies starring Guy Pearce, which are also excellent. I've read The Broken Shore--very good--and watched the TV movie of it starring Don Hany--also very good. Maybe if they made a movie of Truth it would be easier to understand the book. The minor threads--Villani's dad and siblings and the trees the dad and Villani planted, and the saga of Villani's addict daughter--are easy enough to track, but the rest of it has too many names and too little explanation, and too much minimalist dialogue and slang.

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uncommonreader
Aug 02, 2012

A caricature and not readable.

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emerge
Nov 03, 2010

Sequel to "the Broken Shore" which was a great book. This one? Not as great. Some of the same characters drift in & out of the plot, although not enough Joe Cashin in my view.
Villani is an interesting if troubled detective who must try to keep many balls in the air, personal & professional. My problem was with the language. I can't help but feel I missed out on alot of the meanings & social references as I found it difficult to understand the dialogue in their local vernacular (need an "Australian to Canadian English" dictionary). It takes awhile to get into it but has an interesting end which leaves things wide open for the next in the series.

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