WorldCat Identities

Disher, Garry

Works: 181 works in 730 publications in 8 languages and 15,197 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Juvenile works  Suspense fiction  Stories in rhyme  History  Historical fiction  Romance fiction  Young adult works 
Roles: Author, Creator, Editor
Classifications: PR9619.3.D56, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Garry Disher
The dragon man by Garry Disher( Book )

48 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective Inspector Hal Challis and his crew, searching for a serial killer operating in a beachside town outside Melbourne, Australia, feel a new sense of urgency when the daughter of one of the police sergeants is abducted
The bamboo flute by Garry Disher( Book )

16 editions published between 1992 and 2002 in English and Italian and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a rural Australian community in 1932, twelve-year-old Paul has his predictable life brightened when a drifter helps him make a flute and teaches him how to play it
Chain of evidence by Garry Disher( Book )

21 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspector Hal Challis is called to his boyhood home to tend to his dying father, leaving Sergeant Ellen Destry to head an investigation into a ring of pedophiles while Hal conducts his own investigation into his brother-in-law's mysterious disappearance
Kittyhawk down by Garry Disher( Book )

33 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspector Hal Challis of the Peninsula Police Force is called in to investigate a series of possibly related crimes along with the disappearance of a two-year-old girl and a drowning victim in the small Australian seaside town of Bushrangers Bay
Chain of evidence by Garry Disher( )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young girl has been abducted on Australia's Mornington Peninsula and Sergeant Ellen Destry takes the case in Inspector Hal Challis' absence. 2007
Snapshot by Garry Disher( Book )

26 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspector Hal Challis is called in to investigate when social psychologist Janine McQuarrie is killed, and his investigation takes a surprising turn when Hal learns the victim's husband had been pressuring her to attend spouse-swapping parties, leading Hal to suspect the husband may know more about the murder than he is letting on
Wyatt by Garry Disher( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hoping for a straightforward jewel heist, Wyatt is forced to partner with Eddie Oberin and Eddie's intelligent ex-wife, Lydia, who possesses critical inside information, in a plot that proves unexpectedly complicated
The divine wind : a love story by Garry Disher( Book )

24 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the eve of World War II, Hart, an Australian boy and Mitsy, a Japanese-Australian girl, fall in love but are driven apart
Switch cat by Garry Disher( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two cats have mismatched personalities with their next-door neighbor owners until one day when things are set right
Blood moon by Garry Disher( Book )

18 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and German and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspector Hal Challis is in bed with Sergeant Ellen Destry when he gets a telephone call informing him that a man has been beaten nearly to death. Challis has been notified because the victim is the chaplain at a prestigious boarding school and has ties to powerful local politicians. It turns out that he is also the head of a fundamentalist church. Before Challis can complete his investigation, another, seemingly unrelated, crime occurs. A distraught husband reports his wife missing. He is known to be both jealous and controlling, and at first, Challis thinks he's overreacting but, in fact, she has been murdered. The husband is the obvious suspect although it is possible that her job, punishing land use violations, might also have endangered her. At the same time, among hordes of vacationing high school seniors, a young man is left drugged and naked on the beach. Could this relate in some way to the other crimes? And will the new romantic relationship between Challis and Destry interfere with their ability to work together to identify the criminals?
Whispering death by Garry Disher( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The long-awaited sixth installment in the Inspector Hal Challis series set in Australia, available in the United States at last! Hal Challis is in trouble at home and abroad: dressed down 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 officers 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 assignment from the Sex Crimes Unit"--
Writing fiction : an introduction to the craft by Garry Disher( Book )

18 editions published between 1983 and 2003 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains the basic steps to effective fiction writing. From an award-winning author, sound, practical advice is included on the most significant elements of fiction, such as plot, character development, and voice, and strategies are provided for the effective use of tense and the dialogue. All forms of fiction are explored, including novels, novellas, short stories, and crime fiction. In addition, the writing concepts introduced are illustrated with examples from a wide variety of known writers, presenting a candid picture of the pleasure and pitfalls from a wide range of fiction-writing experiences
Blood moon by Garry Disher( )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now that they are lovers, Challis and Destry must guard their affections closely, for romantic relationships are against department regulations. This complicates matters as they investigate the brutal assault on a private school chaplain as well as the murder of a public official
Port Vila blues by Garry Disher( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and German and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combining maverick strategies and old-style methods in his work as a thief, Wyatt eludes authorities while managing lucrative heists until a diamond-studded Tiffany brooch and an infatuation with the wrong girl pits him against dangerous adversaries
Signal loss by Garry Disher( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A pair of hit men working a job for a meth kingpin have a very bad day, and the resulting bushfire draws attention to a drug lab and two burned bodies in a Mercedes. With meth-related crime on the rise, interdepartmental tensions mount, and Inspector Hall Challis soon finds himself fighting to keep control of his case. Meanwhile, Sergeant Ellen Destry is hunting for a serial rapist who is extremely adept at not leaving clues--
Ratface by Garry Disher( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and Dutch and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rather than help indoctrinate a scared, kidnapped seven-year old in the ways of the White League, two fourteen year olds plan an escape for the three of them from a way of life they believe has gone terribly wrong
Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher( Book )

18 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Hirsch heads up Bitter Wash Road to investigate the gunfire he finds himself cut off without back-up. A pair of thrill killers has been targeting isolated farmhouses on lonely backroads, but Hirsch's first thought is that 'back-up' is nearby - and about to put a bullet in him. That's because Hirsch is a whistleblower. Formerly a promising metropolitan officer, now demoted and exiled to a one-cop station in South Australia's wheatbelt. Called a dog by his brother officers. Threats; pistol cartridge in the mailbox. But the shots on Bitter Wash Road don't tally with Hirsch's assumptions. The truth turns out to be a lot more mundane. And the events that unfold subsequently, a hell of a lot more sinister
Fallout by Garry Disher( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drugging his former police officer girlfriend and fleeing with a cache of stolen gems he subsequently discovers are fakes, enduring thief Wyatt begrudgingly joins forces with his estranged nephew to engineer a complicated heist
The sunken road by Garry Disher( Book )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and French and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the wheat and wool country of South Australia - The story of a small town and its people, in particular the story of Anna Tolley___
Hell to pay by Garry Disher( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relegated to a backwater town after a whistle-blowing incident earns him powerful enemies, detective Paul Hirschhausen confronts more local crime than anticipated, including the murder of a sixteen-year-old girl
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Audience level: 0.27 (from 0.11 for Blood moon ... to 0.92 for [Portrait ...)

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English (266)

German (45)

Dutch (7)

Danish (5)

Italian (5)

French (4)

Spanish (4)

Turkish (1)

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