Peace – Garry Disher

Quite simply, a cracking piece of (crime) fiction being the second in the series featuring exiled policeman Paul Hirschhausen. (My review of the first in the series is here.)

This time around our hero is getting ready for Christmas, meaning he’s been persuaded to be the small town’s Santa and to ride in on a horse. If that weren’t enough, his round of routine checks is becoming ever greater, and he could have done without one of the locals trying to drive her way into the local pub.

Then things turn nasty.

What you get here is sharply observed writing with a superb backdrop, a smart central character, and excellent plotting and pacing. In short, this is a must read. (But do start with Bitter Wash Road first.)