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Hell to Pay
by Garry Disher
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Soho, 2014 (2014)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

One of Australia's most prolific crime writers, Garry Disher sets this latest novel in the backcountry of South Australia. In trouble with the Adelaide Police Department and the subject of an internal investigation, Paul Hirschhauser, 'Hirsch' for short, is demoted and sent to Tiverton while the wheels of police justice slowly turn.

Not welcomed by the locals, Hirsch discovers he is in for a rough time because his boss appears to be the leader of a group of adults who never outgrew their schoolyard bullying phase.

When a teen girl is found dead alongside a local highway, everyone wants to call it an unfortunate hit-and-run accident, but Hirsch isn't so sure that's what really happened. Bucking the locals and his boss, he launches his own investigation and realizes he has stirred up a local hornet's nest and there will be hell to pay.

If you enjoy rooting for the underdog you'll find this thriller easy to get into. Hirsch doesn't deserve all the abuse heaped upon him but that also makes him a character with whom most readers can sympathize.

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