An unidentified man is fished out of the sea with an anchor wrapped around his waist. And for Detective Inspector Hal Challis, this sparks the beginning of a mysterious series of deaths and strange events. As Challis investigates, an unstable farmer erupts into violence and is the target of a massive manhunt. Meanwhile, Challis's emotional life ...
An unidentified man is fished out of the sea with an anchor wrapped around his waist. And for Detective Inspector Hal Challis, this sparks the beginning of a mysterious series of deaths and strange events. As Challis investigates, an unstable farmer erupts into violence and is the target of a massive manhunt. Meanwhile, Challis's emotional life is edgy and, adding further complications to his life, some of his police colleagues have allowed their private and public responsibilities to blur in ways that could cause big trouble. Things are chaotic enough, but then Challis finds some aerial photographs in the possession of his friend, Kitty, that link her to the shotgun killings. 'Kittyhawk Down' is Garry Disher's second crime novel in the Detective Inspector Challis series, following the internationally renowned crime novel, 'The Dragon Man', winner of the German Crime Fiction Critics Award 2001 and shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award. Praise for The Dragon Man 'unquestionably his masterpiece. An astonishingly told caper that's tough, tender and poignant and totally captivating.' The Age
Publishers Weekly, 2005-04-25 In Australian author Disher's gripping second police procedural (after 2004's The Dragon Man), Melbourne homicide detective Hal Challis contends with the pressure of two unsolved murders and his inability to sever all ties with his wife, Angela, who years earlier was convicted of conspiring to have him killed by her lover and remains a suicidal prison inmate. Challis's current relationship with journalist Tessa Kane gets put on hold after his wandering eye fixes on Janet "Kitty" Casement, an aerial photographer. When someone threatens Kitty's life, Challis enlists his team to probe a maze of connections involving a loan shark and a letter-writing crank known as the Meddler. As the story neatly advances from the viewpoints of characters both major and minor, Disher artfully employs misdirection to conceal the identity of the criminal targeting the photographer. Even unsympathetic figures like the Meddler and a lecherous, reactionary police officer come across as three-dimensional. While Disher is not yet in the same league as a Peter Robinson or an Ian Rankin, fans of those authors will find much to like in this dark whodunit. Agent, Jenny Darling (Australia). (July 6) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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