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Alternative title: Inspector Challis Murder Mystery; Challis & Destry Novels; Peninsula Series; Peninsula Crimes
Issue Details: First known date: 1999... 1999 Detective Inspector Hal Challis
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y separately published work icon The Dragon Man Garry Disher , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1999 Z129546 1999 single work novel crime

'A serial killer is on the loose in a small coastal town near Melbourne, Australia. Detective Inspector Hal Challis and his team must apprehend him before he strikes again. But first, Challis has to contend with the editor of a local newspaper who undermines his investigation at every turn, and with his wife, who attempts to resurrect their marriage through long-distance phone calls from a sanitarium, where she has been committed for the past eight years for attempted murder—his.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Soho Crime ed.).

y separately published work icon KittyHawk Down Garry Disher , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2003 Z1004277 2003 single work novel crime detective

'A missing two-year-old girl, an unidentified drowning victim, arson, and the threat of murder bring Homicide Squad Inspector Hal Challis of the Mornington Peninsula Police Force and his staff to Bushrangers Bay, an Australian seaside resort outside Melbourne. Allis not idyllic in this resort community—far from it. Cars are stolen and torched; letter boxes are burned; and the Kittyhawk airplane of an attractive aerial photographer suffers malicious damage.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Soho Crime ed.).

y separately published work icon Snapshot Garry Disher , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2005 Z1204880 2005 single work novel crime detective

'It takes months for Australian social psychologist Janine McQuarrie to succumb to her husband’s pressure to attend spouse-swapping parties, but eventually she gives in. Then, driving with her young daughter one day, she gets out of her car to ask directions and is shot and killed. The little girl escapes when the gunman’s pistol misfires.

'Inspector Hal Challis of the Crime Investigation Unit is assigned the case, but his efforts are thwarted by his boss. The dead woman was Superintendent McQuarrie’s daughter-in-law, and he seems to be more interested in protecting his son than in finding his daughter-in-law’s murderer. Who might have a motive to kill this attractive young wife and mother? One of her clients? One of the swingers she’d gotten together with at a party? Or, the obvious suspect, her husband?'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Soho Crime ed.).

y separately published work icon Chain of Evidence Garry Disher , New York (City) : Soho Press , 2007 Z1357231 2007 single work novel crime detective

'Hal Challis is 1000 kilometres away from the Peninsula, watching his father die. Ellen Destry is left to mind his house for a month. And his job.

'Katie Blasko, aged nine, has disappeared. Ellen fears abduction-the Peninsula is sleepy, picturesque, prosperous, but she suspects the existence of a paedophile ring. Superintendent McQuarrie scoffs: the girl came from the Seaview Estate, notorious for broken homes and truancy. Ellen's team investigates. They find suspects, but an officer is murdered and his witness discredited. They find DNA evidence, but the sample is contaminated. Who can Ellen trust, when lawyers, judges and police officers might be involved?

'Meanwhile, Challis feels out of time and place in the remote outback town of his youth. Past failures haunt him; his father is dying slowly and bitterly; and Homicide Squad detectives have arrived from the city to question his sister about a murder. Challis can cope with being warned off. He can cope with his father. But soon the past catches with him.' (Publication summary)

y separately published work icon Blood Moon Garry Disher , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2009 Z1572827 2009 single work novel crime

'When hordes of eighteen-year-olds descend on the Peninsula to celebrate the end of exams, the overstretched police of Waterloo know what to expect. Party drugs, public drunkenness; maybe even drink-spiking and sexual assault.

'What they don't count on is a brutal bashing that turns political. The victim is connected. And for Detective Inspector Hal Challis, newly embarked on a relationship with his sergeant, Ellen Destry, this is not the best time to have the brass on his back. Especially when a bludgeoned corpse is found outside town and it becomes clear something much darker than adolescent craziness is going down.' (From the publisher's website.)

y separately published work icon Whispering Death Garry Disher , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2011 Z1779689 2011 single work novel crime 'Hal Challis is in trouble at home and abroad: carpeted by the boss for speaking out about police budget cuts; missing his lover, Ellen Destry, who is overseas on a study tour.

'But there's plenty to keep his mind off his problems. A rapist in a police uniform stalks Challis's Peninsula beat, there is a serial armed robber headed in his direction and a home invasion that's a little too close to home. Not to mention a very clever, very mysterious female cat burglar who may or may not be planning something on Challis's patch.

'Meanwhile, at the Waterloo Police Station, Challis finds his offsiders have their own issues. Scobie Sutton, still struggling with his wife's depression, seems to be headed for a career crisis; and something very interesting is going on between Constable Pam Murphy and Jeanne Schiff, the feisty young sergeant on secondment from the Sex Crimes Unit.

'In his sixth Peninsula murder mystery, Garry Disher keeps the tension and intrigue ramped up exquisitely on multiple fronts, while he takes his regular characters in compelling new directions. Disher is a grand master of the police procedural, operating at the peak of his craft.' (From the publisher's website.)
y separately published work icon Signal Loss Garry Disher , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2016 9909713 2016 single work novel crime thriller

'A small bushfire, but nasty enough for ice cooks to abandon their lab. Fatal, too. But when the bodies in the burnt-out Mercedes prove to be a pair of Sydney hitmen, Inspector Hal Challis's inquiries into a local ice epidemic take a darker turn. Meanwhile, Ellen Destry, head of the new sex crimes unit, finds herself not only juggling the personalities of her team but hunting a serial rapist who leaves no evidence behind. The seventh instalment in Garry Disher's celebrated Peninsula Crimes series sets up new challenges, both professional and personal, for Challis and Destry. And Disher delivers with all the suspense and human complexity for which readers love him.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1999
Books one and two of the Detective Inspector Hal Challis were published by Allen and Unwin (first at St Leonards and then at Crows Nest) in 1999 and 2003. From book three onwards, the series was published by Text Publishing in Melbourne.
    • St Leonards, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 1999-2003 .

Works about this Work

Peninsula in Focus Graeme Blundell , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1-2 October 2005; (p. 14)
Peninsula in Focus Graeme Blundell , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1-2 October 2005; (p. 14)
Last amended 23 Aug 2016 08:36:21
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