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Happy Days (Joe Faraday Novels) [Paperback]

Graham Hurley
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11 Oct 2012 Joe Faraday Novels (Book 12)

D/I Faraday is gone and the police are left reeling. As his boss attempts to limit any possible PR damage his one time shadow on the force, ex D/C Winter is ever more concerned that he may have made the biggest mistake of his life throwing in his lot with the city's drug baron, Bazza McKenzie.

Especially as Bazza is becoming increasingly desperate and violent as his empire begins to crumble under the weight of austere times. And, in the person of D/S Jimmy Suttle there's a new will at the heart of Portsmouth's embattled police force to nail Bazza once and for all, the one man Faraday was always desperate to bring to justice.

Graham Hurley's new novel is about loss. It is about the decisions we make in life, about the impact our lives have on others. Hurley's trademark authenticity has been allied to an ever increasing sense of drama as he charts the lives of his vivid characters and paints a stunning portrait of a city and a country at war with itself. A war which throws the police into the front line. Happy days?

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140910236X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409102366
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,140 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 library...plus 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 Reads English, volunteers for Six-Day War (those films again!), and emerges three years later with five mercifully unpublished manuscripts, still intent on becoming a full-time novelist.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.

More on my website: www.grahamhurley.co.uk

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"There is no one writing better police procedurals today." --"Sunday Telegraph"

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The 12th and final Faraday and Winter novel brings the series to a devastating and exciting close.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever Faraday book, enough said 7 Feb 2012
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i've loved the Faraday books but after the ending of the previous book, i wondered where the series could go and if Graham Hurley would be able to carry it off. I need not have worried. in my opinion this is actually the best book in an excellent series. i won't mention the plot (no spoiler alert needed!) but suffice to say i read it in two days and could not wait to get back to reading it; i read it slowly towards the end to savour it. A brilliant plot that pulls a lot of threads together and lots of characters from previous books appear. i highly recommend it. Brilliant!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The King is dead 8 Feb 2012
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For the last decade DI Joe Faraday has been a welcome interlude in and amongst the myriad of all-action investigators, super heroes who always win out in the end and, best of all, Faraday is British. Thankfully for crime detection in the UK, he does get his man more often than not but, running through the entire series, has been the on-going, relentless pursuit of Bazza Mackenzie whilst his own life began to disintegrate.

As if confirmation were needed, Faraday is no more. Any glimmer that he might just pull off a miracle escape from the clutches of pills and booze is doused in the first few pages of `Happy Days'. So, where to now?

Fortunately, DS Suttle is on form and the old reprobate ex-DC Paul Winter, brings his own and easily recognizable style to this book. Suttle has always been in play throughout the books, his promotion earned under the tutorship of both Winter and Faraday so now he takes centre stage, on the one side with Winter on the other, each wanting the same end result, the incarceration of Mackenzie.

Although this book feels at times as though all the loose ends are being sorted in readiness for the final closure, the story of Bazza's attempts at securing en election victory for his own, new Party is very well portrayed. Mackenzie's delusions of grandeur know no bounds, so it will come as no surprise to regulars that we're in for a bumpy read.

This is not the best of the 12 books but only because many of the previous stories were excellent; it would be very hard to maintain an improvement each time. This one conveys the menace of Bazza, the risks each side takes to achieve their end results and an ending which brings closure to this compelling series.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nemesis 30 Jan 2012
Happy Days is the last in the Faraday and Winter series, with a subtitle "The reckoning awaits". In this book, as Mackenzie and Winter both try to control circumstances to their advantage, each character's flaws grow more apparent and moral ambiguities become greater as they both use their wits and cunning to achieve their own goals and ends.

As this is the last book in the series, we expect some kind of resolution. Is Mackenzie now really untouchable? Can the Machiavellian Kinder turn Mackenzie from local criminal into a politician? Will the financial pressures of the recession finally hit home? And what of Winter- will he really be Mackenzie's undoing?

I won't give the plot and the ending away, but say that even after 11 previous books, this one still has great atmosphere, bold characters, excellent pace and intricate plotting with twists and turns that just keep coming - some very left field and completely unexpected as well as behaviour that occasionally seems out of character. It's a really good read and I found myself turning the pages more and more quickly to get to the reckoning. At one point I almost screamed "No - why did you do that? He's not that stupid!" When I finished and put the book down, it did leave me wondering what justice really is - I say no more.

Although Faraday and Winter are now off the scene, there is good news for Hurley fans. Jimmy Suttle is moving to the West Country for a fresh start in a new series of books - Western Approaches, here we come!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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.... but if you're new to the series, this is not the place to start.

Graham Hurley is surely the most under-rated writer of crime fiction in the UK, but it's difficult to see why this should be so. He's had some excellent commercial reviews - I was hooked years ago by the Sunday Telegraph review quoted on the sleeves of his more recent books: 'There is no-one writing better police procedurals today'. That is certainly true, even though I rarely agree with anything I see in the Sunday Telegraph. Why isn't he up there with the likes of John Harvey, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson? It seems that even our most vocal traditional critics, the French, appreciate him better than we do - they have dramatised four Faraday and Wilson cases for television.

So, since I rate Graham Hurley so highly, why do I award only three stars? In short, it's because I don't think 'Happy Days' really does the business as a stand-alone novel. This, I think, is not really surprising, and my conclusion implies no criticism of the author. To explain my reasoning, I need to go back to the beginning.

'Happy Days' is the twelfth and final novel in the Faraday and Winter series, which began with 'Turnstone', almost twelve years ago. The series is in many respects extremely realistic; the characters - all of whom are skilfully drawn - act as unpredictably as real people. There are no stereotypes here, except perhaps among those at the high end of the chain of command = and perhaps that's because people in that situation do tend to conform to their sterotypical image, because that's how they achieved their high office.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The latest and last Farady/Winter Book
The end of an era with the last book in the Portsmouth based detective series involving the come uppance of gangland's Bazzer. A gripping finale!
Published 24 days ago by Roger Fithyan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I enjoy the whole series of these books. I find the characterisation very effective and the story is always well paced.
Published 1 month ago by Anne Cox
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
I have followed the Faraday books since the beginning and always loved them, but lost touch a few years back. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mulli
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Days with sad endings.
Thoroughly en joyed book (as always) but saddened when Joe ended his life.I truly cried when I read the description of how he was found.Can't believe he has gone.Would recommend.
Published 1 month ago by mrs jacqueline fidgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Hurley is a great author who writes excellent crime stories. Set in Portsmouth, but still good if you don't know the city.
Published 3 months ago by Me.
3.0 out of 5 stars The last Pompey book
A good read but possibly a Pompey book too far. Mr Hurley should use Pompey as a setting for new characters and new cops.
Published 3 months ago by Druscilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class crime writing
For me, Graham Hurley is the best find of the year. I could bore everybody to tears in praise of his Joe Faraday series. Just buy them all and enjoy.
Published 5 months ago by W. R. Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Twist in the Tail!
There's a major surprise at the end of this book, just as there was in its predecessor. I won't spoil it for those following the series, but it's very unexpected in one way, yet... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rammiemax
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever.
The intrigue spun over the years with the escapades of Paul Winter, Bazza , Suttle and Faraday has been totally riveting. Graham Hurley has maintained this to the end. Read more
Published 8 months ago by BoBA
5.0 out of 5 stars Shame it's the end of the road.
Another great Farady and Winter book, pity it's the last one. Lets have some more Pompey based detective stories please.
Published 9 months ago by Mr. John T. Hire
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