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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (6 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752849530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752849539
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.9 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 579,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born November, 1946, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. Seaside childhood punctuated by football, swimming, afternoons on the dodgems, run-ins with the police, multiple raids on the local near-total immersion in English post-war cinema classics including The Dam Busters, Ice Cold in Alex, The Wooden Horse, The Cockleshell Heroes and Reach For The Sky. War-crazy? Sort of...

Wins scholarship to a London boarding school and then onward to Cambridge University. Reads English, volunteers for Six-Day War (those films again!), and emerges three years later with five mercifully unpublished manuscripts, still intent on becoming a full-time novelist. Yet more rejection slips (plus hunger) compel a career rethink...

Becomes a promotion script-writer with Southern Television, then researcher, then director. Spends the next twenty years making ITV documentaries, many of them networked. Films seabed wrecks of the Titanic and the Bismarck (with American oceanographer Bob Ballard), profiles the Brighton Bomber, produces ITV's account of Richard Branson's near-fatal attempt to cross the Atlantic by balloon, wins a number of awards...but still dreams of getting into print.

An ITV commission for 6-part drama series Rules of Engagement is sucessfully finessed into a two-book contract with Pan-Macmillan. Two more novels, both dubbed "international thrillers" follow. Sacked after Television South loses the ITV franchise and embarks on new career as - at last - a full-time novelist.

To date, 25 novels, one biography, two books for challenged readers, plus Airshow, a fly-on-the-wall novel-length piece of reportage, and Backstory, a book-length account of how and why I embarked on crime fiction. Draws gleefully on home-town Portsmouth ("Pompey") as the basis for an on-going crime series featuring D/I Joe Faraday and D/C Paul Winter. Contributes five years of personal columns to the Portsmouth News, pens a number of plays and dramatic monologues for local production (including the city's millenium celebration, Willoughby and Son), then decamps to Devon for a more considered take on Pompey low-life.

The Faraday series comes to an end after 12 books. Healthy sales at home and abroad, plus an on-going (and immensely successful) series of French TV adaptations, tempt Orion to commission a spin-off series, set in the West Country, featuring D/S Jimmy Suttle.

First book in the series, Western Approaches, publishes 2012. Second title, Touching Distance, already in the bag.

Married to the delectable Lin. Has three grown-up sons (Tom, Jack and Woody). Plus recently-arrived grandson Dylan. A corker.

Lifetime ambition? To properly master colloquial French. Current passion? Coastal quad rowing with Lin and the rest of The Forty Niners (don't ask).

Favourite time of the day? Six'o'clock.

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The launch for ANGELS PASSING at Portsmouth Cathedral was a huge success, with over 100 people attending. The publication achieved huge local coverage. Local newspaper THE NEWS ran two 2-page spreads on the book with a promotion, Graham was interviewed on PORTSMOUTH TELEVISION and the launch was filmed by local news programme MERIDIAN NEWS. Displays of Graham's photographs of Portsmouth looked fantastic and were a great focal point at the launch.Graham has been doing several talks and book signings locally. In Ottakar's, Portsmouth he is their number 1 seller this week, selling 80 copies of ANGELS PASSING and 60 copies of THE TAKE at one signing event. PRAISE'The often sordid life ofa large British city is caught with pinpoint accuracy, together with a host of realistic characters on both sides of the law. The picture of a society infreefall, littered with wrecked families, drugs and corruption, feels painfully true to life, and the conflicts facing the investigating policemen betraytrue emotion and pathos...... this could well be the book that drags Graham Hurley into the rarefied atmosphere of crime bestsellerdom in the wake of IanRankin and Val McDermid... A splendid achievementTHE GUARDIAN (Maxim Jakubowski) 'Angels Passing is one of the best British police novels that I have read in the last few years and Faraday looks like being an enduring excellent police procedural...'WATERSTONE'S ENIGMA magazine 'What is so impressive about this crime thriller is the realistic approach and also the thehuman touches, all of which bring the story and the characters vividly alive. This is a first class thriller by a remarkably good writer'PUBLISHING NEWS 'Angels Passing is a strong and realistis crime thriller and a moving story that tackles the serious issues of a society fraying at the seams'OXFORD MAIL NATIONAL PRESSTHE GUARDIAN - reviewLITERARY REVIEW - reviewSUNDAY TELEGRAPH -reviewINDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY - reviewMORNING STAR - review TRADE PRESSPUBLISHING NEWS - author interview MAGAZINESFHM - review in November issueENIGMA - reviewCRIME TIME - interview by Michael Carlson in November issueCRIME TIME - review by Mark Campbell (issue 29)CRIME TIME - review by Michael CarlsonGOOD BOOK GUIDE - reviewREAD ALL ABOUT IT, Brent Library mag - reviewP&O FLAGSHIP magazine - review TELEVISIONPORTSMOUTH TELEVISION - interview 7/10/02MERIDIAN NEWS - filmed launch party for local news programme - review EVENTSHavant Arts Centre - talk and signing to local reading group 10/11/02Southampton Libraries - talk and signing at North Guild Theatre 03/11/02Portsmouth Central Library - talk and signing 11/11/02Gosport Bookshop - signingOttakar's, Portsmouth - signingLunch with key crime reviewers 11/9/02 to include Maim Jakubowski, Michael Carlson and Mark Timlin REGIONAL PRESSTHE NEWS (PORTSMOUTH) - 2 double-page spreads about Graham and the book to run on consecutive days, plus big promotion in conjunction with P&O ferries to run on 5th OctPETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH - lead reviewCAMBRIDGE EVENING NEWS - reviewNEWCASTLE EVENING TELEGRAPH - reviewCUMBRIA EVENING CHRONICLE - reviewDURHAM EVENING TELEGRAPH - reviewOXFORD MAILABERDEEN EVENING EXPRESS - reviewSENTINEL SUNDAY - reviewSOUTH WALES EVENING POST - reviewGLOUCESTER CITIZEN - reviewHARTLEPOOL MAIL - reviewEASTERN DAILY PRESS - reviewNORWICH EVENING NEWS - reviewIRISH NEWS (BELFAST) - reviewSHIELDS GAZETTE - reviewWEST CUMBRIA NEWS & STAR - reviewSWINDON EVENING ADVERTISER - reviewDERBYEVENING TELEGRAPH - reviewSCARBOROUGH TRADER - reviewSOUTH LONDON PRESS - reviewHUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER - reviewEALING INFORMER - reviewBLACKPOOL GAZETTE - reviewPERTHSHIRE ADVERTISER - reviewDERBYSHIRE TODAY - reviewHULL DAILY --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Why did a young girl fall to her death from a tower block and what is the connection with a ten-year-old boy...

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Dec. 2003
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5 stars is not enough to award this novel from Graham Hurley. This is by far the best DI Joe Faraday novel. Faraday continues to grow in personality, to the point where some CID officers in Portsmouth must believe he works for them. The story is gritty and hard, but the pace never slackens. It has to be the fastest book I have ever read, a book with total interst from the first to the last page.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bee of Good Cheer VINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2006
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A gritty police procedural, which delves into the sordid underbelly of life in Portsmouth, and the lives of many who live on the margins of "respectable" society.

With a healthy dollop of social comment, this is a gripping book.

My only gripe is that the protagonist - surprise surprise - has an unusual home life, and a deaf son - can't these flawed heroes be allowed some normality in their time away from work?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lainy on 27 Oct. 2011
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Yet another I am torn between a 2 or 3 star rating! A 14 year old is found dead from either jumping or being pushed from a tower block. A drug dealer is found dead hanging from a tree and so the investigations begin. The story started off fine however I found it had loads of characters in it and two of the officers had similar names (both begining with W) so that was both confusing and off putting. I found it really hard to connect with the characters and kept mixing up who was who.

There is a lot I felt in the story that wasn't required and was more padding than offered any substance to the story. Had it been half as thick it might have been much easier to read and more enjoyable. You are also left with some unanswered questions and one in particular to the 14 year old girl which really urked me. The last few chapters really picked up and most of the story came together but by that point I was almost at giving up so a 2/5 for me.

This was my first time reading this author and it wouldn't put me off trying another as I have read some really positive reviews for this story, I think it must just be another marmite book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff VINE VOICE on 28 May 2008
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By far the best of the so-called Faraday books so far! OK, not so much of Faraday himself in this one but I don't think it matters strangely enough. Far more realistic police procedural than some [eg Stuart Macbride]. I disagree with other reviewers who say there are too many characters. Also - these books should be read in order [this one's No.3]to appreciate them properly and indeed to get a feel of Portsmouth, especially if you've never been there. I'm enjoying the series very much. Can't understand why Hurley isn't better known. Recommended!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Feb. 2010
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Being the third DI Faraday story is a bit of a misnomer; DC Paul Winter takes centre stage in terms of pages but we learn more about Faraday's private life this time with his deaf son playing a larger role and Faraday's love life floundering on the nearby rocks. None of this takes anything away from the purposefulness of the investigation. As ever with this author, he weaves many strands of procedural police work into one initial crime, developing the involvement of other, seemingly disconnected crimes.

As in the earlier books, Portsmouth does not come out of these stories very well. Similarly, we have the rather now usual senior officer playing everything by the political book - both correctness and how to scrounge funding which rankles in the former and appears to win through in the latter.

Notwithstanding, the way the story is constructed is excellent with the author's take on the broken families and neglected children coming to the fore. I don't presume Portsmouth is much different from most other cities so the picture painted is depressing, to say the least, especially so since no-one has a clue how to solve the problem. However, this is a murder mystery, not a social exposure. In this regard, the book is excellent. This rather leaves me expecting too much of 'Deadlight' but, fingers crossed.
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Graham Hurley is at the top of his class as a writer of police procedurals. But he’s much more than that. He creates many-layered novels that not only explore the twists and turns of crime but does it in such a way that the reader feels like a silent witness of something so real that it transcends fiction. ANGELS PASSING is an excellent example. The gritty reality of Portsmouth comes starkly alive, revealing an underclass of society awash with drugs; that hates the police; that has lost the meaning of respect, and where adulterous relationships almost seem the norm. Meanwhile, the police are hampered by severe financial restrictions and bureaucratic form filling. Crimes would never be solved unless policemen like DI Paul Winter found creative solutions to bypass the restrictive rules. The protagonist, Joe Faraday, is more cautious, but even he has to take short cuts. Although DI Faraday is overburdened with personal problems, he remains strong and principled even under pressure from ambitious bosses. Faraday is the protagonist of the series, a character who earns the reader’s admiration – at least for me. The mystery keeps you riveted right up to the end.
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By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2015
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Hurley is probably the foremost British proponent of gritty, social realist police procedurals. His books vividly capture the methods, personalities and personal relationships, and the politics of policing, as well as the people, places and situations the police deal with on a daily basis. Hurley provides a warts and all portrayal of Portsmouth, its micro-geographies and social divisions, and its bleak underbelly. In Angels Passing, the fourth book in the DI Faraday series, the tale weaves together two main plot lines, one concerning the death of a teenage girl, the other the murder of a low-level criminal. Where the book excels is in charting the police investigations, noting their complexities and their inherent internal tensions and games, in the characterisation of police, victims and criminals, and in the sense of place. Both main plotlines were interesting, coupled with a nice subplot concerning Faraday’s domestic life, though the denouement felt a little too contrived. Nonetheless, Angels Passing is a compelling, gripping and gritty read, though probably not recommended by Portsmouth’s tourist offices.
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