Aussie Tough Guy with Good Taste, Smart Mouth and Vintage Studebaker
In each of the four books in the Jack Irish Mystery Books/ Thrillers, former attorney Jack Irish prowls Melbourne, Australia's dark, rainy alleys searching for deadbeats and missing witnesses, taking the occasional break for a carefully prepared meal or a quick trip to the racetrack, footy match or local pub (where his father and grandfather also drank.)
Fast-paced stories, great dialogue and dialect and a hero with heart and humor
A nifty new riff on the hardboiled hero--Jack Irish is a manly man but neither mindlessly macho nor doomed to self-destruction. He has both a wonderful sense of humor and a talent for surviving the outrageous violence visited upon him by scary thugs and plug uglies. Plus: he can cook. The stories roll right along and are satisfyingly complex without being confusing (usually) and Jack's gang of friends and lovers are original and endlessly entertaining. Melbourne comes to life under Temple's most skillful pen. The Aussie dialect is fun to decipher--a task which would be easier if the publisher included a glossary.
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Below, a list of the Jack Irish Mystery Books/ Thrillers in chronological order.
Bad Debts (1996, Jack Irish Mystery Books/ Thrillers #1) Cops frame one of Jack's old clients. Black Tide (1997, Jack Irish Mystery Books/ Thrillers #2) An old family friend's son is missing, presumed dead...but is he? Dead Point (2000, Jack Irish Mystery Books/ Thrillers #3) Someone savagely attacks two people who work for Jack's racing friend, Harry Strang. White Dog ( 2003, Jack Irish Mystery Books/ Thrillers #4) A murder suspect is executed before her trial begins.
Translations of a few Aussie terms you will find in the Jack Irish Mystery Books/ Thrillers.
Bomb it to Snake Follow protocol
Bunned Made pregnant
Carked it Died
Feeling Crook Feeling ill
Gargle Drink alcohol
Kneeler Roman Catholic
Milkbar Convenience store
Munted Wrecked with alcohol or drugs
Poms English people
Porky A falsehood
Salvos Salvation Army
Spunk Sexually attractive
Streeters Homeless people
Ute Utility vehicle