Kittyhawk Down

Kittyhawk Down

Book - 2005
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"A police procedural . . . featuring a squad of interestingly flawed homicide cops & working multiple cases that feature multiple puzzles and a pool of incisively well-drawn murder suspects. . . . First rate."- The New York Times Book Review

"Gripping. . . . As the story neatly advances from the viewpoints of characters both major and minor, Disher artfully employs misdirection. . . . Fans of [Peter Robinson or Ian Rankin] will find much to like in this dark whodunit."- Publishers Weekly

"Procedural fans looking for something a little different will devour this one&. Enough dark overtones to elevate the series into the Ian Rankin league."-ALA Booklist

The once-peaceful beach resort of Bushrangers Bay, not far from Melbourne, is the site of multiple crimes that must be investigated by Homicide Squad Inspector Hal Challis of the Mornington Peninsula Police Force and his staff. A toddler is missing; an unidentified corpse has been fished from the sea; cars are being stolen and torched; letter boxes are being burned. And then one of Challis's own friends, Kitty Casement, who runs an aerial photography service and flies a Kittyhawk, is murdered. Figuring out the connections and identifying the criminals absorbs all the energy and intelligence of this cast of sympathetic but complicated policemen and women.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, 2005, c2003.
ISBN: 9781569473948
1569473943
Branch Call Number: M DISHER G
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 20 cm.

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Oct 05, 2016

Set on the Mornington Peninsula this police procedural has plenty of emphasis on the individual characters of the police investigators. In many ways this book is a snapshot of the paradoxes of the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. There’s the affluent and often absent population up in the forested mountainside (think Red Hill) and the financially straitened underclass in ‘Waterloo’ (Hastings, perhaps? It overlooks Phillip Island, but it felt more like Rosebud to me). An immigration detention centre has opened up nearby, and the reactions of inhabitants remind me that we haven’t moved far in the 13 years since this book was published. There’s drugs, crime and unsavoury connections among the underclass where boyfriends and broken families criss-cross each other. As the police note in one of their briefings, criminals often announce themselves through their defiance of small things like parking in the disabled bay. Rings true to me.

Disher’s chapters are only short and they rotate in their attention from one police officer to another. Too much, perhaps, and there does not seem to be one main character in the book which feels as if it’s leaving itself open as the springboard for another book in the series.

But importantly for me- I actually got to the end and I think I knew who did it!

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