The Broken Shore, Quercus 2006. The Broken Shore is one of Peter Temple’s most acclaimed novels winning the Australian Book Industry Awards for Australian General Fiction Book of the Year, the Colin Roderick Award, and the Ned Kelly Best Novel award in 2006, and the Duncan Lawrie Dagger in 2007. The protagonist, Joe Cashin, has been forced to leave his position as detective in Melbourne after being seriously injured. Assigned to a one-man police station in the Victorian countryside, he spends his free time repairing his house and caring for his dogs. Nevertheless, a murder must be investigated and he is drawn back into the world of crime and corruption once again. The Broken Shore also introduces us to the Melbourne detective Inspector Stephen Villani, the protagonist of Temple’s 2009 novel Truth which went on to win Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award in 2010.