By Peter Temple
When Jack gets a difficult message from a jailed ex-client he’s too deep in distress over his soccer team’s newest loss to take a lot become aware of. subsequent factor Jack understands, the ex-client’s useless and he’s been drawn right into a life-threatening research concerning high-level corruption, darkish sexual secrets and techniques, shonky estate bargains, and homicide. With hitmen after him, shady ex-policemen at each flip, and the physique count number emerging, Jack must discover what’s going on—and fast.
The first novel within the iconic Jack Irish sequence, Bad Debts was once first released in 1996 and received the Australia's crime writing prize, the Ned Kelly Award, for top First Novel. Peter Temple went directly to win Australia's maximum literary honor, the Miles Franklin Award, in 2010 for Truth besides many different awards and accolades either in Australia and internationally.
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