Bitter Wash Road

Bitter Wash Road

Book - 2013 | Also published with title Hell to pay
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When Hirsch heads up Bitter Wash Road to investigate the gunfire he finds himself cut off without back-up. A pair of thrill killers has been targeting isolated farmhouses on lonely backroads, but Hirsch's first thought is that 'back-up' is nearby and about to put a bullet in him. That's because Hirsch is a whistleblower. Formerly a promising metropolitan officer, now demoted and exiled to a one-cop station in South Australia's wheatbelt. Called a dog by his brother officers. Threats, pistol cartridge in the mailbox. But the shots on Bitter Wash Road don't tally with Hirsch's assumptions. The truth turns out to be a lot more mundane. And the events that unfold subsequently, a hell of a lot more sinister.
Publisher: Melbourne : The Text Publishing Company, 2013.
Edition: Also published with title Hell to pay
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY
Characteristics: 325 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Disher, Garry 1949- Hell to pay.

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The story is told from the perspective of Hirsch, a whistle blowing cop, himself under suspicion of corruption, who has been exiled to a one-man police station in the small town of Tiverton. Mundane turns into sinister as events unfold. A complex, tense atmospheric crime thriller.


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bookwormjeph
Mar 28, 2014

An Australian novel of a small town cop who is despised by his fellow staff and the locals alike. Sent to the isolated rural location as a result of his narking on his fellow corrupt cops in Adelaide. Quite a gripping story - an unputtable down book for a rainy afternoon. An easy read with twists and turns, dark undercurrents amongst the local population and hatred shown toward the new cop bring the story to it's climatic, but predictable, conclusion. And that's my main beef with crime novels - all the loose ends are neatly tied off and often, but not in this case, explained to you as though you, the reader, can't figure it for yourself. However, because life is generally not that neat and tidy crime novels can be a good escape from the unpredictability of daily living.

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