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This is the third Jack Irish thriller and winner of the Ned Kelly Award, 2000.

Guy Pearce will return as Jack Irish in a new ABC telemovie based on Dead Point. Dates to be announced.

It takes a lot to rattle Jack Irish but, as Melbourne descends into a cold, wet winter, his mood is on the same trajectory. The woman in Jack's life has reconnected with an old love-object. He has just seen a massive plunge lost, a champion horse put down. Worst of all, hijackers have robbed and brutally beaten one of the gambling team.

So it's not surprising that Jack's mind is not fully on the job he's being paid to do: find Robbie Colburne, occasional barman. But when Jack 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. Any lapse in concentration could prove fatal.

Peter Temple has worked extensively as a journalist and editor for newspapers and magazines in several countries. He has won five Ned Kelly Awards for his novels, and won the world's most prestigious crime-writing prize, the Duncan Lawrie Dagger, for The Broken Shore. In 2010 he was awarded Australia's greatest writing prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, for Truth. His books are published in more than twenty countries.

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'Another world-class crime novel from Peter Temple.' Canberra Times

'Temple writes...with enough insight and passion to make the reader ask exactly where the boundary lies between genre fiction and serious literary fiction.' Sydney Morning Herald

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