Peter Temple has worked in several countries as a journalist and editor. He moved to Australia in 1980 and settled in Sydney, before moving to Melbourne to edit the journal Australian Society. He has taught journalism, editing and media studies at a number of universities, and as the first senior lecturer in editing and publishing, he played a significant role in establishing the professional writing and editing course at RMIT, Melbourne.
In 1995 he retired to become a self-employed editor and writer. His crime novels have won a number of awards.
'Stephen Villani is the acting head of the Victoria Police homicide squad. But his first months on the job have not gone well: two Aboriginal teenagers shot dead in a botched operation he authorised in the provincial city of Cromarty; and, no progress on the killing of a man in front of his daughter outside a private girls' school.
Now five men are found dead in horrifying circumstances on the outskirts of the city. Villani's superiors and the media are baying for arrests. To add to his woes, some of the country's richest people are alarmed by the baffling killing of a young woman in the high-security tower where they live.
Villani, a man who has built his life around his work, begins to find the certainties of both crumbling. As the pressure mounts, he finds that he must contemplate things formerly unthinkable. Truth is a novel about murder, corruption, family, friends, honour, honesty, deceit, love, betrayal and truth.' (from Quercus website)
2010nominatedNed Kelly Awards for Crime Writing —
Best NovelAlthough included in the original shortlist, Truth was withdrawn from the 2010 Ned Kelly Awards. Peter Temple said that he wished to 'clear some small space for the many talented crime writers who haven't won a Ned or been shortlisted'. (Age, 'A2' (29 May 2010): 26)
Valentine's Day2007single work film/TV 'Following a run in with the law, Ben Valentine (Rhys Muldoon) finds himself in a strange country town. He is sentenced to 200 hours of community service and forced to coach the town's "no-hoper" football team. If they don't win three out of the next four games not only will the team have to merge with their arch rivals, but the town will also lose its precious pie factory which will have to be sold. Embraced heart and soul by the townsfolk, this one-time drifter learns how to live and hope again - and so does the town. Valentine's Day is a tale of hope and redemption.'
2008nominatedAFI Awards—Best Telemovie, Mini-Series or Short Run Series
The Broken ShoreThe Peter Temple Omnibus : The Broken Shore [and] In The Evil Day [and] An Iron Rose
2005single work novel crime 'Joe Cashin was different once. He moved easily then; was surer and less thoughtful. But there are consequences when you've come so close to dying. For Cashin, they included a posting away from the world of Homicide to the quiet place on the coast where he grew up. Now all he has to do is play the country cop and walk the dogs. And sometimes think about how he was before.
Then prominent local Charles Bourgoyne is bashed and left for dead. Everything seems to point to three boys from the nearby Aboriginal community; everyone seems to want it to. But Cashin is unconvinced. And as tragedy unfolds relentlessly into tragedy, he finds himself holding onto something that might be better let go.' Source: Publisher's website (Sighted 22/8/11)