Tuesday 26 November 2019

Under the Cold Bright Lights by Garry Disher

Rarely do I finish a book in just two days but that's what happened with Under the Cold Bright Lights by Australian writer, Gary Disher.

The young detectives call Alan Auhl a retread, but that doesn’t faze him. He does things his own way—and gets results.

He still lives with his ex-wife, off and on, in a big house full of random boarders and hard-luck stories. And he’s still a cop, even though he retired from Homicide some years ago.

He works cold cases now. Like the death of John Elphick—his daughters still convinced he was murdered, the coroner not so sure. Or the skeleton that’s just been found under a concrete slab. Or the doctor who killed two wives and a girlfriend, and left no evidence at all.

Auhl will stick with these cases until justice is done. One way or another.

The book was entertaining with an older detective, Alan Auhl, working three cases at the same time. Two are cold cases, one happens to be new, plus he is dealing with some tough issues at home.

I will say reading a book written by an Australian writer, caused me to go to the good old "Google machine" to look up some terms. Just so you know, a "ute" is a what utility vehicle in Australia and a "roo bar"is a bar or series of bars attached to the front of a vehicle, usually a ute, to protect it from collisions with kangaroos.

Despite the fact, Auhl works cold cases, the book is fast paced. It was an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading others by this author.

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