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Sabbathman [Hardcover]

Graham Hurley
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10 Mar 1995
The government is running scared. The Sabbathman is killing the people who have gained the most from their policies. His message is clear: "You have ruined this country. None of you are safe". As the public warm to the killer, MI5 are called in to stop him.

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; 1st edition (10 Mar 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333609948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333609941
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,415,637 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 Reads English, volunteers for Six-Day War (those films again!), and emerges three years later with five mercifully unpublished manuscripts, still intent on becoming a full-time novelist.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 government is running scared. The Sabbathman is killing the people who have gained the most from their policies. His message is clear: "You have ruined this country. None of you are safe". As the public warm to the killer, MI5 are called in to stop him. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Hurley's background in writing for television shines through, the pictures he paints are extremely vivid, the characters 3-dimensional, with the strengths and wweaknesses that bring them to life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a terrific book 3 May 2007
This is the kind of suspense novel that is written too rarely any more.

The characterization is the key to it all - of course there's a great plot, and enough double-dealing to make you feel you're inside a spin-dryer, and there's a fine climactic ending - but the characters carry the story, and they are real, they feel, they love, and they don't all come to happy endings. The book does not have a single false note. An intelligent novel in every way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars but poor proofreading irritated me 1 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
good theme and good story line- but really Graham; JAMIESONS whiskey?????????????????
small things like this can be an irritant to the reader ( and avid follower)............
Jamesons whiskey is well known and really this type of error is one I would expect from a first time author !
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