White Dog eBook µ Paperback

  • Paperback
  • 337 pages
  • White Dog
  • Peter Temple
  • English
  • 10 August 2014
  • 9781877008535

10 thoughts on “White Dog

  1. says:

    Haig took me round introduced me to people He didn’t say what I did for a living and he didn’t say what they did Most of them were youngish in black or grey jackets worn over collarless shirts the full range of hair from nothing to plenty Many of the men needed a shave some could have done with a swift kick up the arse One woman had hair like a monk’s cap and wore a silken sleeveless top slit to the belly olive skinned bulges showing I knew the names of a few of them restaurant owners fashionable architects a gallery owner a photographer two artists We stopped briefly at the small court of an ageing film director two women and a youth I thought I’d seen on television mostly cheekbones and big brown eyes all absorbing cinematic genius through their pores The director paid close attention to Tony Haig ignoring his own acolytes while we were there It was a food chainReaders familiar with the TV mini series of Jack Irish starring Hollywood A lister Guy Pearce in the lead role with a host of Australian character actors will recognise the slightly down at heel Melbourne solicitor his onoff love affair with journalist Linda apprentice to cabinetmaker Charlie Taub the old codgers drinking at the Prince of Prussia bewailing their Aussie Rules football team and former jockey and racing identity Harry Strang with his assistant fixer Cam Delray Plus overweight detective Barry Tregear What the TV series cannot convey is the late Peter Temple’s acerbic wit dissecting people places and even the unpredictable Melbourne weather with the precision of a surgeonIn White Dog published 2003 Jack Irish is assisting his former partner now associate Drew as he prepares to defend an attractive female sculptor of scrap metal charged with murdering her ex boyfriend developer Mickie Franklin who was involved in some shady dealings in the building industry Jack is to find some evidence to clear the client by tracking down the supposed witness for the prosecution using his resources in Sydney and help from Cam Other parties don’t want that to happen and when the defendant is killed in an apparent accident in her studio Jack finds himself a target There was no signing for envelopes from D J Olivier I went back to my table and opened this one with a sharpened bicycle spoke I’d found in the alley and sterilised A wad of A4 sheets of paper some photographs laser printed A sticky yellow suare was attached to the first page One handwritten sentence ‘Care might be in order’ A stranger to care I returned to my chair behind the tailor’s table I readAll the Jack Irish books are a joy with intricate plots and wonderful characters A perfect holiday or weekend read Not recommended for long haul flights as you’ll annoy other passengers

  2. says:

    Jack Irish has a lot of interests So a fair bit of each book covers his love of a struggling football team his old mates at a struggling pub his struggling efforts as a furniture maker helping his mate to make a than struggling living of horse racing his struggles with yet another lovely lady under the doona and his struggling business as a lawyerinvestigator In this fourth book and so far last in the series I think the author was also struggling

  3. says:

    The uality of the story is irrelevant I just can't get enough of Peter Temple's style

  4. says:

    White Dog is the fourth and so far last book in the excellent Jack Irish series set in and around Melbourne about a former lawyer who divides his time between being an investigator debt collector furniture maker horse racing gambler and watching Aussie rules football Like all of Peter Temple’s novels White Dog is a nice mix of hardboiled crime and literary voice and observational asides In a genre full of workman like prose Temple writes with a fresh tone The narrative is layered and sometimes almost elusive or veiled the reader as unsure as to what is happening as Jack It’s an intriguing and beguiling style As usual the characterisation is excellent especially Jack and the Youth Club an elderly group of football supporters that prop up the local bar and Jack’s horse racing friends The plot is tight and engaging and there’s a nice sense of place Overall a first rate read and I’m hoping that now the first two books have been adapted for television that Temple will resurrect what has been a stellar series

  5. says:

    Start with the first book in the Jack Irish series so the characters and background in this book are familiar Not necessary but I found this book enjoyable because of the continuity with the previous three In any case Peter Temple's books are always worth reading He's up there with the best of the literarymystery stylists Wit sass an eye for detail and the ability to express both mood and action in a way that resembles no one else's And no one writes better dialogue You don't even have to understand all the Aussie slang at first read to know how perfect the ear for spoken language is

  6. says:

    Very enjoyable I love the humour

  7. says:

    ‘You’ve got to look after yourself’In this the fourth and now last Jack Irish novel Jack is assisting his former partner and now associate Andrew Greer as he prepares to defend Sarah Long from a charge of murder His sometime girlfriend Linda Hillier has headed overseas for work Sarah Long has been charged with the murder of Mickey Franklin her ex boyfriend Mickey shot with his own gun was involved in some uestionable activities in the building industry Is Sarah Long innocent?What follows is a complicated story as Jack follows clues while dealing with the many other aspects of his busy life And Jack himself is at risk naturallyWhile this is the final complete Jack Irish novel it is the first I have read My appetite for Jack Irish was whetted by reading the significant fragment 89 pages of ‘High Art’ an unfinished Jack Irish novel which appeared in ‘The Red Hand’ published in 2019 after Peter Temple’s death in 2018 I was intrigued and no I’ve not watched the television seriesI’ve read a few of Mr Temple’s novels I have enjoyed the clever and usually complex plots together with the observational wit I enjoyed this novel as well While it’s not in the same class as ‘The Broken Shore’ and ‘Truth’ it has a uintessential Australian flavour Now I just need to track down copies of the first three novelsJennifer Cameron Smith

  8. says:

    If this is the last Jack Irish book it is possibly not a bad thing The plots are all a bit similar and it would be best to leave us liking the characters rather than becoming bored with them Jack Irish himself would be a bit of a bog standard tough guy if it were not for the sidelines like his love for a no hoper football team and his ventures into top class furniture making The books are lifted above the mass by his boss in the furniture workshop the characters in the pub and Jack's horse racing colleagues It always seems to me that the latter could form the basis for a good book on their own It is also good the way that the city of Melbourne becomes a character rather than just background The female characters always with long legs beautiful and sexy and drawn to Jack Irish like bees to a honey pot I am sure reflect Peter Temple's fantasies rather than any real need for plot development The plot in this book like all of the others is very convoluted and it is best to set a trail of breadcrumbs from the start or face getting lost Unlike some of the earlier books the non regular characters are drawn uite strongly but they do drift in and out a bit The body count is high as always and the level of apparent corruption in Melbourne makes the average African state look like an English parish council Surely exaggeration but then this is a crime novel and not an academic report into Australian governmentIf you want a fast action thriller which is a bit above most others in the uality of the writing and the level of intelligence shown by the writer then this could be for you However do not expect it to be easy because it is not Worth the effort thoughSo if it is goodbye to Jack Irish this is a good book to finish on But as Jack heads off to find his lady love in England could we find him popping up with an adventure in London? At least he will feel at home with the weather aand there are plenty of no hoper football teams to choose from

  9. says:

    It might have been a bad idea to watch ABC TV's adaptation of 'Jack Irish #1Bad Debts' in the midst of this I got confused about which story was which and suddenly my imaginary Jack Irish turned into Guy Pearce I mean Guy Pearce is plenty nice to look at but isn't really how I see dear Jack in my head So all of that was a struggle By the end I was tired and confused and jet lagged but that may have had to do with international travel than with the book In summary I wish there were Jack Irish books or that I had read this later on Write Peter Temple

  10. says:

    Disappointing book from Peter Temple I like the crime novel genre but found this one didn't catch me up in the mystery in the way many others do The scene with the dogs was too unbelievable I do however love Temple's sparse use of words to create strong images I wonder how much value the Melbourne references would have if you haven't lived there Maybe a bit self indulgent I feel

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White Dog Jack Irish—gambler cook and cabinetmaker finder of people who don’t want to be found—has a new job hunting for evidence that might save the beautiful sculptor Sarah Long from a murder rapJack soon discovers there was nothing straightforward about Mickey Franklin’s death and falls headlong into a world of shady deals sexual secrets and country rednecks

About the Author: Peter Temple

See this thread for information Peter Temple is an Australian crime fiction writerFormerly a journalist and journalism lecturer Temple turned to fiction writing in the 1990s His Jack Irish novels Bad Debts Black Tide Dead Point and White Dog are set in Melbourne Australia and feature an unusual lawyer gambler protagonist He has also written three stand alone novels An Iron Rose Shooting Star In the Evil Day Identity Theory in the US as well as The Broken Shore and its seuel Truth He has won five Ned Kelly Awards for crime fiction the most recent in 2006 for The Broken Shore which also won the Colin Roderick Award for best Australian book and the Australian Book Publishers' Award for best general fiction The Broken Shore also won the Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie Dagger in 2007 Temple is the first Australian to win a Gold Dagger