In Consolation, Tiverton’s only police officer Constable Paul Hirschhausen is dealing with a snowdropper. Someone is stealing women’s underwear, and Hirsch knows how that kind of crime can escalate. Then two calls come in: a teacher who thinks a child may be in danger at home. A father on the rampage over at the primary school.
Hirsch knows how things like that can escalate, too. Families under pressure. Financial problems. But it’s always a surprise when the killing starts.
Garry Disher has published fifty titles across multiple genres. He has won multiple German Crime Prize and Ned Kelly awards, including the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award.
‘Disher is the gold standard for rural noir.’ Chris Hammer
‘Peter Temple and Garry Disher will be identified as the crime writers who redefined Australian crime fiction in terms of its form, content and style.’ Sydney Morning Herald
The serious crimes, and social problems that are shown in this story suit a major metropolitan area suffering from a major economic downturn, not the small country town that it is set in. The writing itself is laden with many snide and judgemental remarks and peppered with characters who are spiteful, jealous, passive aggressive, and otherwise unpleasant. The story was an ugly and disjointed mess without redeeming features. Although written by someone who can describe plot setting and characters well, the subject matter of those descriptions is unlikely to be worthy of a read.