Australian Authors

Peter Temple Book List

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Born in South Africa, Peter Temple moved to Australia in 1980. He has worked extensively as a journalist and editor, for newspapers and magazines in several countries. He has also taught journalism, editing and media studies at a number of universities. Peter sadly passed away 8 March 2018.


Jack Irish series

Jack Irish is a Melbourne-based criminal lawyer who has a couple of fascinating sidelines, namely cabinet-making and participating in horse-racing betting plunges.

Bad Debts (1996)
Black Tide (2000)
Dead Point (2000)
White Dog (2003)


Broken Shore series

Books are set in the same part of Victoria 

The Broken Shore (2005)
Truth (2008)


Stand Alone

An Iron Rose (1998)
Shooting Star (1999)
In the Evil Day (2002) apa Identity Theory

The Red Hand: Stories, Reflections and the Last Appearance of Jack Irish (2020)


Critical Acclaim

The Broken Shore:

  • Winner 2007 Gold Dagger Award
  • Winner 2006 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel

Bad Debts:

  • Winner 1997 Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Novel

Shooting Star:

  • Winner 2000 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel

Dead Point:

  • Winner 2001 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel

White Dog:

  • Winner 2003 Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Novel

Black Tide:

  • Shortlisted 2000 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel

In the Evil Day:

  • Shortlisted 2002 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel