Review 1802: White Dog

In this last of the Jack Irish novels, Linda has just left Jack for a position in London when he accepts a job from his ex-law-partner Drew. Sarah Longmore, an artist, has been accused of murdering her ex-lover Mickey Franklin. Sarah says she didn’t do it, but the prosecution has a witness placing her near the scene, and the murder weapon was a gun Mickey loaned her. Drew wants Jack to look for evidence that she is innocent.

Jack begins poking around but is unable to find out much except that three of Mickey’s former associates are missing. Against his own instincts, Jack and Sarah become lovers, but later when Jack goes to her studio to meet a witness, the building explodes, killing Sarah and badly injuring Jack.

Now that Jack’s client is dead, Jack is more determined than ever to find out who killed Mickey. The novel does not neglect Jack’s sidelines of learning cabinet making, hanging out with the old men Jack calls the Fitzroy Youth Club, and helping Harry Strang and Cam with horse-racing projects.

Again, Temple has produced a suspenseful and exciting novel in his Jack Irish series.

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4 thoughts on “Review 1802: White Dog

  1. Penelope Gough February 17, 2022 / 1:48 pm

    I have never read a Jack Irish novel. I don’t think I have read Peter Temple either. But I saw him speak once at a festival and he was vastly entertaining. The Jack Irish TV series is exciting and very scarey with just the right injection of humour to make me uncover my eyes and continue watching. One day soon I may have time for the books. Thanks Kay good review.

    • whatmeread February 17, 2022 / 3:03 pm

      Yes, I started reading the books after watching a few of the shows. Unfortunately, there are only four, because Temple died. He did write some very good stand-alone mysteries, too, of which I have read two. Haven’t reviewed those yet.

  2. Penelope Gough February 17, 2022 / 10:06 pm

    After I wrote this I realised I had read The Broken Shore. I cannot remember details but now he is no more I thought I might try and fit some of his novel into my reading.

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