Bad Debts

Bad Debts

A Jack Irish Thriller

Book - 2009
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Australian Jack Irish is an ex-lawyer and sometime debt collector, cabinetmaker and barfly. Jack's a gumshoe in classic hard-boiled style: there's his clipped, black-humour dialogue, his hard-drinking past and his sad backstory (his wife was murdered by one of his clients). When Jack gets a desperate message from Danny McKillop, whom he defended years before on a hit-and-run charge "at the beginning of the forgotten zone, the year or so I spent drunk," he takes a while to call him back. When he does, Danny, who was fresh out of prison, is dead. Jack's guilt fuels his ensuing search for the truth about Danny's murder. The main plot, which has to do with a crooked land development deal, is rather complicated, but solid subplots - one concerning a romance, another about a horseracing scheme - keep the pages flipping. The engaging Jack and his friends are absolutely original and unfailingly amusing, and figuring out their speech patterns is great fun, even in its difficulty.
Publisher: Melbourne : Text Publishing, [2009].
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY
Characteristics: 314 p. ;,20 cm.
Notes: Previously published: Pymble, N.S.W. : HarperCollins, 1997.


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Jack Irish is a lawyer-turned-debt-collector living and working in the seedy underbelly of Melbourne. When an ex-client leaves an intriguing phone message and then turns up dead, Irish returns to the dark dealings of his past to uncover the truth. Full of Australian vernacular language and pepper... Read More »

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Sep 25, 2015

Really enjoyed this book a bit confusing for the first quarter and then became a very good read.

Jan 20, 2014

Good read. Lots of new Aussie words for me and dark Aussie humor. Loved it.

Nov 04, 2011

An OK read - finished it more out of a sense of duty that feeling compelled to by the story. Interesting Australian slang!

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