Hard Word Book Club to Discuss: BLACK TIDE by Peter Temple


  • Review by MysteryPeople Scott

9781921758829This March’s Hard Word Book Club gets about as hard as hard-boiled can get: Australian hard-boiled. We will be reading Black Tide, the second book featuring Peter Temple’s Melbourne detective, Jack Irish. If you like Lawrence Block’s Scudder or Ken Bruen’s Jack Taylor, you’ll have new friend in Jack Irish.

Irish is a former lawyer, grieving over the murder of his wife by a client. He has become a Jack of all trades, debt collector, cabinet maker, and sometime PI, when he’s not at the horse track. He runs with Damon Runyonesque characters while still being trapped by loneliness.

In Black Tide, Irish bonds with a friend of his late father. The man asks him to find his son who has disappeared with a good deal of his money. He follows the man, a former corrupt cop, through his ex-wives and his job for a large transport company, leading to some dark secrets in the ex-cop’s past. The case not only puts Jack’s life on the line, it forces him to face the ghosts of his own family.

Black Tide will give us much to talk about with its locale, plot, and rich themes and characters.We will also be viewing the Australian TV movie adaptation starring Guy Pearce as Jack Irish. We will meet on BookPeople’s third floor at 7PM, Wednesday, March 30th. The book is 10% off in-store to those attending.

You can find copies of Black Tide on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. The Hard Word Book Club meets the last Wednesday of each month at 7 PM and discusses exclusively noir and hard-boiled works. 

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