Competent procedural with main interest being its location in Australia. A little too much going on and somewhat hard to keep track of everything at first. Almost all comes together in the end, but leaves a few things open.
Set on the Mornington Peninsula this police procedural has plenty of emphasis on the individual characters of the police investigators. In many ways this book is a snapshot of the paradoxes of the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. There’s the affluent and often absent population up in the forested mountainside (think Red Hill) and the financially straitened underclass in ‘Waterloo’ (Hastings, perhaps? It overlooks Phillip Island, but it felt more like Rosebud to me). An immigration detention centre has opened up nearby, and the reactions of inhabitants remind me that we haven’t moved far in the 13 years since this book was published. There’s drugs, crime and unsavoury connections among the underclass where boyfriends and broken families criss-cross each other. As the police note in one of their briefings, criminals often announce themselves through their defiance of small things like parking in the disabled bay. Rings true to me.
Disher’s chapters are only short and they rotate in their attention from one police officer to another. Too much, perhaps, and there does not seem to be one main character in the book which feels as if it’s leaving itself open as the springboard for another book in the series.
But importantly for me- I actually got to the end and I think I knew who did it!
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