Before It Breaks

Before It Breaks Always enjoy reading crime stories set in Australia, this one in outback Broome For the location, I was expecting a much stronger Aboriginal presence in the story, but refreshing to see other stories and angles.For once, the blurb on the back doesn t give away too much of the plot, so the resolution of the crime was satisfying Plenty of scope for a series featuring Detective Dan.The first few pages had a lot of very long paragraphs, which were quite hard to read for some reason maybe the combination of the font and line spacing, or just too much description But worth pressing on. Hot, parched and gritty Broome, Australia Good but troubled detective Large cast of characters but not overwhelming Shifting times and perspectives Multi layered plot strands well woven Will readfrom this author. It s a procedural police story lot s of procedures in the beginning as the police try to find a motive suspect lead There is a blindingly obvious clue at the murder scene which they ignore.There is a lot about Detective Dan, a brilliant homicide cop, who returns to Broome to follow his divorced wife so he can be close to his daughter The police are all nice characters.The murders are brutal, the depiction of Broome as an idyllic location is shattered, there is plenty of heat, flies, remoteness and a collection of people who live in Broome to make money or to live without the shackles of big city life.There is also a cyclone which kind of breaks into the story The cyclone is like the story, it kind of made an impression but it could have been a bigger one. I enjoyed the setting of WA outback you could feel the heat and flies Similar feel as The Dry, small country town Broome where everyone knows each other and the protagonist returns home after training as a policeman in the city and has to find his way again Interesting story line but not the page turner that keeps you reading into the night. Im westaustralischen Outback wird die Leiche eines Mannes gefunden Sein Name Dieter Sch fer Nationalit t deutsch Wer k nnte ein Interesse daran haben, einen in Australien lebenden Deutschen zu t ten Und warum hat sich der M rder die M he gemacht, dem Toten das blutige T Shirt auszuziehen und durch eines mit der Meistermannschaft des HSV 1979 zu ersetzen Daniel Clement ist frisch nach Broome zur ckgekehrt und muss mit einer noch nicht zusammengewachsenen Polizeitruppe dieses Verbrechen kl ren Hinderlich dabei ist nicht nur sein desolates Privatleben, sondern auch ein aufziehender Zyklon und die Tatsache, dass sich das Motiv des Verbrechens irgendwo in der Vergangenheit und auf der anderen Seite des Erdballs versteckt.Die St rke des Buches besteht in der bildlichen Darstellung des f r uns doch ziemlich exotischen australischen Westens, in dem es furchtbar hei ist und die Entfernungen jeder Beschreibung spotten Um eine Leiche obduzieren zu lassen, werden per Flugzeug Strecken zur ckgelegt, die der von London nach Moskau entsprechen, die Einheimischen finden Krokodile im n chsten T mpel zwar gef hrlich, aber nicht ungew hnlich und ein Wirbelsturm der Stufe 2 ist Anlass zur Besorgnis, jedoch kein Grund, in Angstschwei auszubrechen Dass gleichzeitig eine Br cke zu dem uns Bekannten wie Hamburg oder der HSV geschlagen wird, verbindet Vertrautes mit Fremden So h tte aus dem Krimi Au ergew hnliches entstehen k nnen, und viele werden es so sehen mir jedoch gab es zu viel des typischen Bullendramas Einsamer Wolf, der seiner Ex hinterherweint und keine Zeit f r seine kleine Tochter hat sowie auch zu viel privater Kram mit seiner Familie Das machte einen Teil des Buches recht z h, obwohl es zwischendurch durchaus spannende Momente beinhaltete Was mich jedoch wirklich st rte, ist die Tatsache, dass das, was sich schlie lich als L sung pr sentierte, weniger ermittelt als vielmehr in R ckblenden erz hlt wurde, wobei der dabei mitdenkende Leser durch fehlende Zeitangaben bewusst get uscht wird Ein Kunstkniff, mag sein Aber einer, der bei mir verpufft, weil ich das Motiv nicht wirklich berzeugend finde Trotzdem nicht uninteressant geschrieben und mich w rden auch weitere F lle von Clement und dessen Team reizen 3,5 5 Punkten. I won this book via Goodreads First Reads Giveaway I received a paperback copy. Gun detective Dan Clement leaves his career in Perth behind and moves to the remote coastal town of Broome to be near his daughter and his estranged wife, with whom he hopes to reconcile one day Being used to the facilities and high level personnel of the city, Dan tends to think of his colleagues as hicks and the local police department as pretty sub standard.When a local German immigrant is found murdered in a nearby waterhole, Dan is forced to manage a homicide investigation using the meagre resources available to him The plot thickens quickly, with apparent involvement of local bikies and some drug running Dan is also trying to chase down the victim s German connections, after he is revealed to be a former policeman As the situation becomesentangled and progressdifficult, Dan gets to feel the pressure of having his former city mates take away his investigation.While all this is going on Dan is making feeble attempts to patch things up with his ex wife and preserve his father daughter relationship.This book is a middling crime drama that lacks a real punch in the ending and is a bit too predictable in its denouement Dan s personal conflicts, a necessary of any modern fictional detective character in my opinion, are pretty mundane and seembolted onto the plot, rather than a driver of it I prefer my fictional detectives to bedamaged and angsty than this. Another great Australian crime novel, set around Broome in the north west of Western Australia The environment enhances the terrific level of tension that the author builds into a story that follows the investigation into a murder at a remote campsite The investigation uncovers international connections and some surprises with the locals It carries a good number of twists and red herrings to make the story engaging and sophisticated I enjoyed the way in which the author interwove the character of the region with the characters of the story I m hoping the author plans to create a series from here Highly recommended. Clement is a beat down West Australian cop who has ended up in Broome, wifeless, childless and with a sick Mum Things go downhill for him from thereA serial killer has arrived in Broome and he starts with a small time local weed dealer, takes out a hard core bikie and then kidnaps a local resident with a colourful past Clement spends most of the novel clueless though Warner nicely helps us as the reader put the pieces together long before Clement does.There is another character in the book and it is one I wish Warner had madeout of As the investigation progresses a cyclone is approaching the Broome coast It doesn t make its presence felt until the last third of the book and it would have been welcome earlier, as it adds a brooding, threatening ominousness is that a word to the tone and tempo of the book The final chapters in which the murderer and Clement battle it out in the midst of the raging cyclone are fantastic.This is also a book where you find yourself highlighting great Warnerian passages At least I did Here are a couple This was the way up here, night fallinglike a guillotine than a handkerchief All life after forty was regret there was something about weight, the arithmetic of subtraction, the use of absence to deduce past reality, omission as a dynamic principle.Great Australian crime writing and a welcome return from Dave Warner Winner Of TheAustralian Crime Writers Association Ned Kelly Award For Best FictionDetective Inspector Daniel Clement Is Back In Broome, The Tropical Town Where He Grew Up, Licking His Wounds From A Busted Marriage And Struggling To Be Impressed By His New Team Of Small Town, Inexperienced Cops But Stagnation And Lethargy Soon Give Way To A Case With Urgent Purpose On The Edge Of The Desert, A Man Is Found Dead In A Crocodile Infested Watering Hole And He Is Only The First The Connection Between The Victims Is Elusive, But Clement Must Pursue It As A Decades Old Mystery Begins To Unravel And A Monster Cyclone Brews On The Horizon

Dave Warner is the author of nine novels, including the winner of the 1996 WA Premier s Award for Fiction, City of Light, and six other non fiction titles, Dave Warner originally gained national recognition as a musician songwriter in the late 1970s In 1973 he formed Australia s first punk band, Pus, playing early versions of tracks such as Suburban Boy and Hot Crotch which he was later to record

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  • Paperback
  • 344 pages
  • Before It Breaks
  • Dave Warner
  • English
  • 04 July 2018
  • 9781925161175

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