Peter Temple (born 1946 in South Africa) is an award-winning Australian crime fiction writer.
A journalist and journalism lecturer, he moved to Sydney, Australia, in 1980 and in 1982 moved to Melbourne to become the founding editor of Australian Society magazine. He later played a significant role in establishing the professional editing course at RMIT, Melbourne. He is married to Anita and has an adult son, Nicholas. He now lives in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.
Temple turned to fiction writing in the 1990s. His Jack Irish novels (Bad Debts, Black Tide, Dead Point, and White Dog) are set in Melbourne, and feature an unusual lawyer-gambler protagonist. In 2012, the Australian ABC Television and the German ZDF produced the first two as feature-length films with Guy Pearce in the title role under the series title Jack Irish. Temple has also written three stand-alone novels: An Iron Rose, Shooting Star, In the Evil Day (Identity Theory in the US), as well as The Broken Shore and its semi-sequel, Truth. In 2015 he published "Ithaca on My Mind" in the Allen and Unwin Shorts series...
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