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Garry Disher

  • Original Title: PAUL HIRSCHHAUSEN
  • Publication date: October 2013
  • Country: AU
  • 304 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Detective novel


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Australia
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Redemption, Life change, Search for the truth, Death, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Conspiracy, Injustice, Survival, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Exclusion, Power, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Commitment, Intolerance, Violence, Corruption


A modern western set in an isolated Australian bush town with a soaring crime rate, where a local constable with a troubled past must investigate the death of a teenage girl whose murder threatens to set the dusty streets ablaze.


Dancing Road Productions has optioned screen rights to Book 1, BITTER WASH ROAD.

Translation rights sold: US, Germany

Series. Alternative title of Book 1: HELL TO PAY
Book 3- CONSOLATION , to be published in November 2020

'Smooth, assured mastery.' New York Times Book Review
'A top-class writer.' Times
'Garry Disher has been giving us highly intelligent literary thrillers for decades and he gets better and better.' Australian

Garry Disher grew up in South Australia and now lives on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. He has won numerous awards, including the German Crime Prize (twice) and the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction in 2007 and 2010. In 2018, he won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ned Kelly Awards.


Book 1: BITTER WASH ROAD (2013) (Alternative title: HELL TO PAY)

Constable Paul Hirschhausen - ”Hirsch” - is a recently demoted detective sent from Adelaide, Australia’s southernmost booming metropolis, to Tiverton, a one-road town in rustic, backwater “wool and wheat” country three hours north. Hirsch isn’t just a disgraced cop; the internal investigations bureau is still trying to convict him of something, even if it means planting evidence. When someone leaves a pistol cartridge in his mailbox, Hirsch suspects that his career isn't the only thing on the line.

But the tiny town of Tiverton has more crime than one lone cop should have to handle. The stagnant economy, rural isolation, and entrenched racism and misogyny mean every case Hirsch investigates is a new basket of snakes. When the body of a 16-year-old local girl is found on the side of the highway, the situation in Tiverton gets even more sinister, and whether or not he finds her killer, there’s going to be hell to pay.

Reports available (Book 1 & 2)

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