Peninsula Crimes, Book 3
The neat suburban homes of the peninsula seem like an improbable setting for sex parties, blackmail and murder. Winter is closing in on the coastal community of Waterloo, and behind closed doors its residents have some peculiar ways of keeping warm.
When Detective Inspector Hal Challis is called to investigate the brutal murder of Janine McQuarrie, his progress is hampered by a web of lies and secrets. It doesn't help that Janine's father-in-law is Challis's superior: bureaucrat, golfer and toady Superintendent McQuarrie. The Waterloo coppers battle personal and political agendas from all sides.
Everybody has something to hide, something to lose. And someone in Waterloo is determined to kill again.
'Disher's pacing is perfect and there is a rising sense of menace that simmers beneath the surface of his deceptively calm voice.' Weekend Australian
Fans of grim, uncompromising police procedurals will welcome Australian Disher's gritty, well-plotted third novel to feature Insp. Hal Challis (after 2005's Kittyhawk Down). A dedicated but haunted man, the Melbourne homicide detective is still recovering emotionally from his late wife's attempt to kill him. When Janine McQuarrie, a therapist who happens to be the daughter-in-law of Challis's police superintendent, is gunned down in front of her seven-year-old daughter, Challis and his longtime partner, Ellen Destry, get on the case. Their discovery that the victim had recently sent pictures from an orgy to some of its participants including her own husband leads to a number of suspects, including their boss. Soon, more bodies turn up, suggesting that McQuarrie may have been mistaken for someone else. A fully realized character, Challis is the fitting center of what will hopefully be a long series.