Dead Point (Jack Irish, #3) by Peter Temple

Dead Point (Jack Irish, #3)

Jack Irish's mind is not fully on the job he's being paid to do: find Robbie Colburne, occasional barman. But when he does get serious, he finds that the freelance drink dispenser is of great interest to some powerful people, people with very bad habits and a distinct lack of respect for the criminal justice system.

Details Dead Point (Jack Irish, #3)

TitleDead Point (Jack Irish, #3)
Release DateMay 17th, 2019
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, Thriller, Cultural, Australia

Reviews Dead Point (Jack Irish, #3)

  • Dillwynia Peter
    Peter Temple novels are givens: they will be tightly written, there will be a little bit of sex that falls into the realm of adult themes or soft porn, there will be clever dialogue. Jack Irish novels have the added sparkle of digs at Melbourne, and soft side swipes at other cities, and we will learn a bit more about horse racing, and AFL.The usual formulae are followed with one to two cases being investigated that may or may not become related. ...
  • Vasilia
    I read this book after I watched the TV adaptation with Guy Pearce. I was expecting to expect the plot, but in a stroke of genius from the TV producers, they had changed the plot, characters, and really only Jack Irish and a few smart lines had been retained. So I was as duped by anyone reading Dead Point. Thank goodness! How boring otherwise.If you've heard anything about Peter Temple, you've heard that he is a Great of Australian Literature. It...
  • Andre
    The third in the Jack Irish series by Australian author Peter Temple. What can I say? If you've never read Peter Temple, you’ve been missing out!One of the most underrated authors in Australia; Temple effortlessly mixes detective work with a good dose of humor and surprises. In a realistic description of Melbourne where corruption, politics, blackmail and footie all have a prominent role, Jack Irish is the lone ranger looking for the truth. Lik...
  • A.M.
    Library audio book#3 has a different narrator from the first two and I don’t know what they told him, but it’s clear he was told Cam is aboriginal and he’s chosen to make him sound like a teen boy from Purfleet. It’s pretty AWFUL. Which is bizarre as he does other accents well. [just checked and they return to the usual narrator for book#4 - thank goodness]Jack has been asked by a Judge to find a missing man, Robbie Colburne. Barman at a ...
  • Carolyn
    Another excellent Jack Irish tale of skulduggery with the usual assorted crew of villains. Once more, the crooks are often rich, powerful and devious, or just common or garden thugs. The Melbourne weather is miserable and bleak, the inner North locations utterly recognisable, and many of the old characters reappear in their usual habitats - the pub, the football or the races.You don't have to know Melbourne well to enjoy these books, but it certa...
  • Kim
    A different genre for me, but it actually kept my interest. A bit of a look at the sleazy side of town and set in Melbourne which I found interesting trying to place the many locations and references. Had no idea during the book how everything was going to link back up but just decided to go with the flow and not try to keep track of the involved plots. A good light hearted read. A bit like watching Underbelly it something of that ilk, maybe will...
  • Sandi
    While I did not rate this book quite as high as the previous two in the series, this was still a very enjoyable read. Jack Irish is a most interesting character and the plot, though perhaps a bit overcomplicated, kept me very engaged.
  • Ian Sowers
    Superlative crime fiction from one of my favorite writers in any genre. I just wish he'd put out books more often.
  • Margaret Stringer
    Peter Temple. JACK IRISH!'Nuff said.
  • Graham
    Laconically Australian. Dry as a bone. Funny as.
  • Jacq
    If you’re not familiar with Jack Irish – go back to the beginning. This is literary crime and you need to know the characters and appreciate their lives before you dive into the third novel.
  • Malcolm Frawley
    Peter Temple won't be writing any more Jack Irish novels as he departed this world earlier in the year. That's a shame as they are extremely entertaining examples of Melbourne noir. The regular characters, from the old codgers sitting in Jack's local pub & bemoaning the demise of their beloved Fitzroy Lions (a club Jack's dad once played for) through to Cam, the fixer for a colourful racing identity, are beautifully drawn. Those that drift in & o...
  • Laraine
    3 stars. The fourth book in Temple's Jack Irish series was a convoluted but ultimately satisfying read. I honestly didn't know how to rate this, as I found the first part of the book to be confusing and with a lot going on. Irish is a Melbourne lawyer, but he also seems to be a fixer with all kinds of interesting connections and friends. Jack's horse racing gambling team has been robbed, and he is tasked with finding a missing man. But this missi...
  • Mikebee
    Enjoyable, witty protagonist and nice plot. This is my second book that I’ve read by Peter Temple, and it shares the same flaw. I found the first third to be hard reading, the development is largely by dialog that wasn’t easy to follow. The rest of the book flowed well. Overall I liked he book, but I’m not sure that I want to put this much concentration into any future Temple books, despite their satisfying conclusions.
  • Charles
    Great humor as we continue to follow Jack Irish and his cronies, in his parallel lives, in Melbourne. Who knew being a private lawyer and part-time woodworker and Australian rule football fan and horse racing aficionado could be so potentially dangerous!
  • Tim
    Another winner from Peter TempleJust a terrific mystery story set in the interesting town of Melbourne. The appeal of Jack Irish is enduring, and Temple writes so beautifully. Strong novel.
  • Ed Eleazer
    Full of witty dialogue, but the plot is rather loose.
  • Stephen Kimber
    See my comments on Bad Debts. Temple is well worth a read.
  • Craig Pittman
    Peter Temple's four novels about lawyer/woodworker/finder of lost people Jack Irish are so popular in Australia that they became a TV series starring Guy Pearce, but tracking them down here in the U.S. has been tough for me. (If only I could hire Jack Irish!) I stumbled across the first book in the series, "Bad Debts," at a library sale, found the second one, "Black Tide," under similar circumstances and then that was it for a while. Fortunately ...
  • Alain DeWitt
    Peter Temple first came to my attention when I heard Guy Pearce give an interview on the radio about playing Jack Irish. It sounded like an interesting character and I filed it away as something for later. Then Temple came to my attention again last week when I watched a film adaptation of another of his novels, 'The Broken Shore'. That jogged my memory so I loaded up a couple of Jack Irish novels on my Kindle.The writing is quite good. Several t...
  • Big Pete
    A pretty good Aussie crime novel that - though well-written, gripping, clever and populated with great characters (especially Jack Irish, one of the all-time greats) - falls short of greatness. Still a pretty good novel, just not one of Temple's very best (probably on his top ten, though). I'll probably re-read it, sometime. Dead Point won the 2001 Ned Kelly, and doubtlessly deserved it. There's nothing quite like good sharp Aussie noir - Temple ...
  • JayeL
    I think all of Peter Temple's Jack Irish series need to be read more than once. Between the accent and unfamiliar terms, I am sure I would get more out of a second reading. I liked the story, which follows the same style as the previous books. I did not like this narrator, however. Mostly, he was fine, but his voice for Cam STANK in a big way. This narrator makes Cam seem seedy, shifty and weasley. The other narrator made Cam come across as tough...
  • Palmreader
    These are fascinating stories told with really great writing. At times you wonder what is going on and why is the protagonist so bogged down in his own miasma. Then you have little glimpses into his past, and you appreciate where he was and how he's managed to maintain all of these incredible friends and acquaintances. Jack Irish lives alone but is surrounded by these characters who are surprising and caring and often full of knowledge. Jack is o...
  • Bruce McNair
    The third novel in the Jack Irish series. Jack's friend Harry Strang, a big time bettor on the horses, has a big loss on the races and one of his team has been beaten badly by thieves. Then someone ODs in a garage and the police are all over it, but Jack is not sure it is an OD. Jack is engaged by a judge with an interest in the case. The story has a lot of twists, some of which are a little hard to follow. In my opinion, this is typical Temple -...
  • Hudson Murrell
    Pretty good, but too many balls in the air. If I could sit and finish in one or two readings, it would have been better. But with 10-15 readings, I don't always remember all of the pies that he has his hands in. I thought the book was done at one point, and then had the 'oh yeah, there's that too' moment. Nonetheless, love the series, love the character, the setting (Melbourne), and the word choices.
  • Camille
    Another great Jack Irish thriller. Jack Irish, solicitor and gambler is once again on the case after Jack witnesses a champion horse put down and takes on the search for hijackers who stole money and beat up members of a gambling team. He is also on the case of blackmail of a judge in a botched drug case.Lots of great adventure in this series which is a major film in Australia! !Definitely recommended to all mystery and thriller readers!!
  • Kyra
    The best Jack Irish so far. The first two were good - nothing by Peter Temple is not good - but this one is leaner, tighter, and just hums along. The writing is always excellent, the plot - well, the plots are not really that important and they all tend to involve crooked real estate developers - had some great twists at the end, and I thoroughly enjoyed the horse racing bits.
  • Sandra
    Yes indeed, Peter Temple - and his creation Jack Irish - really are an addiction. The dialogue - I know I keep saying it but its laconic honesty is superb - and the vignettes of place, spring from excellent observation and the ability to make them shine. Plot, as ever, leaves me confused, but gives me a reason to re-read, so no complaining.
  • Ben Chenoweth
    With a convoluted plot and an array of interesting characters, this crime novel is hard to put down. But what makes it is the world-weary tone of the central character, Jack Irish. The incidental and often amusing references to places in Melbourne is a pleasurable bonus.
  • Susie Amiatu
    Peter Temple's writing is like an old jumper that you love to wear - warm, comfortable and familiar. I love Jack Irish novels and this one is no exception. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.