Day’s End by Garry Disher [8/10]

The fourth atmospheric police procedural (if that’s what you call tales from one policeman’s daily routines) featuring country cop Paul “Hirsch” Hirschhausen, ”Day’s End” is as comfortable a crime read as they come. Yet the domesticity of the deeply described rural setting in South Australia belies sudden lurches into terror and horror. Hirsch is as beguiling a character as Garry Disher has created in his celebrated history, an honest, steady policeman striving to stay on top of his job and help out others, and in Day’s End he finds himself tested by a missing backpacker sought by the mother, a burnt body in a suitcase, drugs, bullies, despair… A slow burn build-up towards a frantic finale is ample reward for any reader. Another Garry Disher triumph.

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