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Shooting Star Anne Carson Fifteen, Beautiful, Wayward Abducted Her Rich Family Has Closed Ranks And Summoned Frank Calder, Ex Soldier And Sacked Police Hostage Negotiator They Want Him To Deliver The Ransom Money To The Kidnappers Frank Wants Them To Call In The Law, But The Family Refuses, Since Police Bungling Nearly Cost The Life Of Another Carson Child Kidnapped Years Before But Are The Two Kidnappings Connected And Is Greed The Motivation Revenge Or Could It Be Something Else To Find Out, Frank Calder Must Go Beyond His Brief As Frank Feverishly Searches For Suspects In The Web Of Carson Family Businesses And Deals, Marriages And Indiscretions, Rivalries And Intrigues, He Knows That If His Instincts Are Wrong, The Girl Will Surely Die


10 thoughts on “Shooting Star

  1. says:

    In May 2019 Text Publishing announced their Text Classics version of Peter Temple s SHOOTING STAR, two decades on from the original release date.It s well worth getting hold of a copy of this edition for Adrian McKinty s introduction alone, as it gives real insight into the person that Peter Temple was, and the impact that he had on the Australian Crime Writing community He is a man who is much missed, and whilst we re all really thankful for the work that he left us, it s impossible not to thi In May 2019 Text Publishing announced their Text Classics version of Peter Temple s SHOOTING STAR, two decades on from the original release date.It s well worth getting hold of a copy of this edition for Adrian McKinty s introduction alone, as it gives real insight into the person that Peter Temple was, and the impact that he had on the Australian Crime Writing community He is a man who is much missed, and whilst we re all really thankful for the work that he left us, it s impossible not to think of all the work we ve missed out on Which thinking made a re read of the excellent SHOOTING STAR a bitemotional than expected.Even without that background, SHOOTING STAR has always been a masterclass in thriller execution Sparse, cleverly paced, littered with clues that make for many of course proclamations, there isn t a wasted moment in all 232 pages It s about the cleverness of the observations of the characters, but it s also about the tightness of the plot and the way that the hints are there for the identifying Temple was never a writer to treat his readers with disdain, so there s respect for those reading, as well as those telling the story And then there are the little touches, the turns of phrase that show you how his characters, think, behave, interact, never in an overbearing manner, often with dry wit and wry humour as in this response from offsider and old friend Orlovsky to a comment by central character Frank Calder He took a long time to answer, lit another stolen Camel, one of the last The difference between us, he said, is that I m just doing this for the money You re another matter entirely It would be really easy to write a review of SHOOTING STAR that s just quote after quote after quote, there are so many ripe for the choosing Having picked up this book at the start of the long weekend I d sort of thought it would be one of those quick re reads A stroll down memory lane, and quick run through of a book that I d originally reviewed back in 2008 link to that review but it turned out to be anything but There were so many glorious moments that I found myself going back over parts of the text, savouring the images being sketched into life, the way that the character emerge from the light touches, the wonderful quotes, the bits that make you stop, and think these people are real I went over to the printer, watched the paper being spat into the collating trays, felt the ache growing in my back, the pointment of pain advancing down my legs.Frank Calder s a man that you would trust in a tight spot, and the Carson family are dealing with a very big problem the abduction of the second girl of the family, despite their security precautions, despite the family living compound, because of their money Old Pat Carson is a self made man, his children that classic type that happens when a rough and tumble man makes a lot of money, and his kids grow up privileged and spoilt There s plenty of tension in the family and yet, despite the terror of the abduction of his young granddaughter, Pat Carson is resolved, quiet, deadly A perfect match for Frank Calder.I poured a finger of the peaty liquid, dusted it with water, sat down opposite the old man There was something about the room, the panelling, the armchairs, the soft lights At the end of a long and fruitless day, my lunch engagement excepted, it brought a little peace to the soul.In another time, another place and different circumstances you can still see Pat Carson and Frank Calder having a meeting of minds You can see how they understand each other, and you know darn well that no matter what happens to young Anne Carson, there will be consequences for both these men, and ripples out from there.It should come as no surprise that this thriller, winner of the 2000 Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction, is included in the Classics series, and it should not come as any surprise that two decades on from its original release date SHOOTING STAR is still a very good thriller Actually it s a brilliant book of any type class or classification


  2. says:

    In this case Peter Temple is a minimalist when it comes to his protagonists past and attributes I don t particularly like that in stories I like to be immersed in the main character s.The writing is commendable I understand that Peter Temple has won several awards for his writing The story does not turn out the way such stories usually turn out, which is also a good thing It s not possible, but I would have given this book 3.5 stars.It is a story about an abduction of a fifteen year old gi In this case Peter Temple is a minimalist when it comes to his protagonists past and attributes I don t particularly like that in stories I like to be immersed in the main character s.The writing is commendable I understand that Peter Temple has won several awards for his writing The story does not turn out the way such stories usually turn out, which is also a good thing It s not possible, but I would have given this book 3.5 stars.It is a story about an abduction of a fifteen year old girl from the very rich Carson clan Previously another girl was also abducted, but managed to escape A Carson too, but from different parents Are the two kidnappings connected Well that is one of the things that Frank Calder is wondering about He has been hired as an intermediary and is doing his own investigation Calder is an ex soldier and disgraced ex cop As Calder and Orlovsky his helper start digging it becomes clear that not everything about the Carson clan is as clean as it is made out to be Calder is very intent on making sure that the girl doesn t end up harmed and feels great responsibility for the task that has been given to him.It was a good crime story, but a little superficial


  3. says:

    PROTAGONIST Frank CalderSETTING AustraliaRATING 3.5WHY A former soldier and ex police negotiator, Frank Calder is serving as a mediator when he is called in by Tom Carson, wealthy head of a troubled family, to find his teenaged granddaughter, Anne, who has been kidnapped Frank isn t firm about the direction that should be taken and doesn t call in the police because the family doesn t want him to When Anne s finger is delivered in the mail, the situation escalates Frank fears that she is PROTAGONIST Frank CalderSETTING AustraliaRATING 3.5WHY A former soldier and ex police negotiator, Frank Calder is serving as a mediator when he is called in by Tom Carson, wealthy head of a troubled family, to find his teenaged granddaughter, Anne, who has been kidnapped Frank isn t firm about the direction that should be taken and doesn t call in the police because the family doesn t want him to When Anne s finger is delivered in the mail, the situation escalates Frank fears that she is dead There s a lot about the dysfunctional family I didn t enjoy spending time with these people and the character of Frank is not fully formed Nonetheless, Temple is such a good writer that even his mediocre books are enjoyable


  4. says:

    3 1 2 enjoyable Vale Peter Temple and his Australian crime fiction.


  5. says:

    I love Peter Temple s writing his dialogue is outstanding, his snippets of poetic observations in between are a delight BUT i found this plot a little too complicated Hero was well outlined and described but the ending was a little abrupt The Broken SHore is still my favourite.


  6. says:

    Frank Calder is the Jason Bourne of Australia He puts everything into his new assignment, even though he knows the police are better equipped, then he goes beyond his employer s request to solve the real underlying issue Be prepared to chew your fingernails.


  7. says:

    really gritty mystery set in Melbourne Temple is a wonderful writer and has a great ear for dialogue.


  8. says:

    Not totally sure what to say about this one Peter Temple is obviously a great writer shades of James Ellroy by way of Lee Child, or vise versa but I never really felt anything in this book Everything went by so quickly, every character, every interaction, every piece of information, that my brain fried so many times I eventually just gave up trying to follow what was happening altogether Who knows, maybe that was his intention Shooting Star had the speed of a great thriller, and the impa Not totally sure what to say about this one Peter Temple is obviously a great writer shades of James Ellroy by way of Lee Child, or vise versa but I never really felt anything in this book Everything went by so quickly, every character, every interaction, every piece of information, that my brain fried so many times I eventually just gave up trying to follow what was happening altogether Who knows, maybe that was his intention Shooting Star had the speed of a great thriller, and the impact, but I never found the bedrock I might try somePeter Temple some other time if I want to dip my toe in urban Australian crime fiction again, but might try something a little lighter and a littlerounded when that time comes


  9. says:

    Synopsis a 15 year old girl is abducted and her rich family summons Frank Calder, sacked hostage negotiator Can he deliver the ransom money


  10. says:

    This was my first audio, am going to have to read it in literal form to a certain degree I feel like I cheated because it was in audio It was wonderful entertainment don t get me wrong, lovely to have a break in the car from music talk back, I kinda looked forward to jumping in the car to go to the supermarket for a change I think it would be nice to have one on hand all the time, though this one wasn t appropriate to have on while the kiddies were in the car Peter does like to drop th This was my first audio, am going to have to read it in literal form to a certain degree I feel like I cheated because it was in audio It was wonderful entertainment don t get me wrong, lovely to have a break in the car from music talk back, I kinda looked forward to jumping in the car to go to the supermarket for a change I think it would be nice to have one on hand all the time, though this one wasn t appropriate to have on while the kiddies were in the car Peter does like to drop the odd swear word, and has the occasional comical reference to something that s going to need a whole lot of explaining if little ears were a flapping.Your feel of the whole book when in audio form must greatly be influenced by the narrator, so to a certain degree, a book in audio would be easy to penalise because of shoddy reading or likewise greatly improved on what it actually is by a talented narrator actor Which is something I ve never given any thought to, quite a lot of acting is involved, endless impressions of characters voices and the emotion that each character needs to portray at any given time I thought David Tredinnick who was the narrator in this better known as the barman in Secret Life Of Us to Australian television viewers did a wonderful reading I m looking forward to reading Shooting Star in paper form in the future to see what influence David had on my impressions of Peter s writing To see if I will forever hear his voice when reading Peter s work in the future I gave this 3 Stars but it was definitely worthy of at least 3 1 2 as an audio we ll have to see how it fares as a novel in the future


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