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5:27am

Tue July 1, 2014
Crime In The City

Hard-Boiled Hero Jack Irish Lives, And Drinks, In A Shadowy Melbourne

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:24 pm

Jack Irish makes a living, of sorts, in Melbourne, Australia.
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Peter Temple writes prize-winning thrillers, four of them about his sometimes hapless investigator, Jack Irish. The books capture Melbourne, Australia: its pubs, racetracks, big boulevards rattling with traffic, and narrow alleys — called lanes — painted with graffiti.

Jack Irish was headed for a life as a successful suburban solicitor, or lawyer, when one of his criminal clients murdered Jack's wife, and Jack dropped the law to become a drunk. The novels — some are now TV movies — begin with his surfacing and looking around for his life.

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9:51am

Mon June 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Irish Writer Dermot Healy Dies

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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3:03pm

Sun June 29, 2014

4:33pm

Fri June 27, 2014
This Week's Must Read

SCOTUS On Cellphones And The Privacy Of Poetry

Dear sweet privacy, where did you go? And where can we go to be alone with you again? Thanks to the Supreme Court, one answer is, surprisingly, our cell phones. On Wednesday, the Court ruled that, except in emergencies such as kidnappings and bomb threats, police can't search our phones without a warrant.

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5:22am

Fri June 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Evie Wyld Wins Yet Another Award For 'All The Birds, Singing'

Courtesy of Random House

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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