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The Flight [Hardcover]

M. R. Hall
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5 Jan 2012
When Flight 189 plunges into the Severn Estuary, Coroner Jenny Cooper finds herself handling the case of a lone sailor whose boat appears to have been sunk by the stricken plane, and drawn into the mysterious fate of a ten year-old girl, Amy Patterson, a passenger on 189, whose largely unmarked body is washed up alongside his. While a massive and highly secretive operation is launched to recover clues from the wreckage, Jenny begins to ask questions the official investigation doesn't want answered. How could such a high tech plane virtually impregnable against human error fail? What linked the high powered passengers who found themselves on this ill-fated flight? And how did Amy Patterson survive the crash, only to perish hours later? Under pressure from Amy's grieving mother, and opposed by those at the very highest levels of government, Jenny must race against time to seek the truth behind this terrible disaster, before it can happen again ...

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mantle (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780230752023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230752023
  • ASIN: 0230752020
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,534,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

M R Hall was born in London in 1967, he was educated at Hereford Cathedral School and Worcester College, Oxford, where he graduated in law.

Whilst working as a barrister he spent his spare moments between cases writing screenplays, getting his first commission with the ITV hit series, Kavanagh QC starring John Thaw. He went on to write further episodes and shortly afterwards was commissioned to create a series for the new Channel Five, Wing And A Prayer. The first season earned him a BAFTA nomination in the best series category.

Matthew wrote exclusively for the screen for ten years, producing more than 40 hours of prime-time drama for BBC1 and ITV before writing his first novel, The Coroner. Published by Pan Macmillan in the UK in 2009, The Coroner was nominated for the Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger in the best novel category.

He currently writes a novel each year, and in 2012 was again shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger with his fourth, The Flight.

His books have translated into many languages and published in the USA.

He is married to journalist Patricia Carswell and they have two sons.

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'Crime-Busting Cracker' Woman & Home

'Fasten your seatbelts for a quality thriller...Matthew Hall's first-rate books about unorthodox Bristol coroner Jenny Cooper. The Flight is Cooper's fourth outing and Hall's Gold Dagger-nominated books, quite simply, get better each time. Part of it is the former barrister and TV producer's ability to structure and deliver a thriller that has you keep turning the pages. I read The Flight, as its predecessors, at one sitting. But Hall is also a hit upon a genuinely fascinating aspect of the justice system...The most compelling element of Hall's books, however, is Cooper herself: difficult, damaged, self-destructive, struggling to recover from a divorce . . . It is wonderful stuff, chillingly plausible, but properly best not read on a long haul flight' Independent on Sunday

‘Ed McBain semi-inaugurated the forensics genre, but Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs parleyed his innovations into stratospheric sales. But the field has not become an exclusively female sorority – or an American domain. A highly talented male writer has offered a challenge, albeit one who plays safe by using a woman protagonist. The Coroner (2009) by M R Hall was an instant hit. His heroine Jenny Cooper, a divorcée who has had a nervous breakdown, struggled with a new job as coroner for the Severn Vale . . . It would appear that Hall has decided to broaden his canvas with this latest outing for his protagonist, still dependent on prescription drugs. She is coming to terms with the breakdown that we read about in The Coroner, but still fragile. Here, she is up against her most dangerously influential opponents . . . It looks like Jenny Cooper – and her creator – are here for the long haul: good news for readers’ Independent

‘An edge-of-the-seat thriller . . . this fourth novel in the excellent Jenny Cooper series should come with a health warning’ Irish Independent

‘When The Coroner, the first in the Jenny Cooper series, burst upon the crime fiction scene it made a considerable impact. It was clear that the author had created something new and exciting in the field. Not every male writer is able to create such richly faceted, convincing female characters as Jenny. She established herself in the army of female forensic specialists and she needed to, this really is an overcrowded field. We have followed this vulnerable heroine through three novels and enjoyed her triumphs in the teeth of daunting odds. To some degree, that’s the scenario here but larger issues are also at stake. Hall is too canny a writer not to realise that the real focus of his books should remain on the personal. And it is the pressure put on Jenny by the dead girl’s mother that makes her take risks against powerful forces. It’s a cliche´ to say that the key to the mystery lies in the higher echelons of government. And even though Hall moves into that familiar territory, he rings the changes with real skill. This fourth book in the Jenny Cooper series is quite as involving as its predecessors’ Daily Express

‘As premises go, this one’s a killer . . . It’s a terrific series, meticulously researched, sharply plotted and peopled with sympathetic characters, led by Cooper, who is always aware of the human consequences of failure’ Financial Times

‘I am completely hooked on this superb series featuring British coroner Jenny Cooper. This is the fourth book and quite simply the best’ Globe and Mail, Canada

'The Flight is M R Hall's fourth story to feature clever coroner Jenny Cooper. His investigation of a plane crash in the Severn estuary is as complex and impressive as his debut The Coroner' Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

M. R. Hall is a screenwriter and producer and former criminal barrister. Educated at Hereford Cathedral School and Worcester College, Oxford, he lives in the Wye Valley in Monmouthshire with his wife and two sons.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Some people love flying and enjoy the thrill of it all, some can take it or leave it, and for others, myself included, it's all too easy to think about how you are thousands of feet up in the air inside a metal tube that didn't ought to stay there really as far as you can tell! Being a nervous air passenger myself with a tendency to grip the armrests, or the hand of the person next to me (usually only if I know them already) rather tightly, and having read the synopsis of this novel, it was with not a little trepidation that I began reading...

`The Flight' is the fourth novel in the `Jenny Cooper' series written by M. R. Hall. We first met Jenny in `The Coroner', as she arrived to take up her position as the new coroner for the Severn Vale district. Now established in her role, and having taken on and shaken up a good few people in the establishment as well as others along the way, she is back again to tackle the fall-out from a major incident that occurs just outside her patch.

Flight 189 from Heathrow, and destined for JFK, plunges into the Severn Estuary, and the body of one of the passengers, a little ten-year-old girl named Amy Patterson, together with that of a sailor, are both washed ashore in Jenny's district. As a senior official coroner is appointed to deal with the deaths of all the hundreds on board the flight, Jenny must determine the cause of death of the sailor, whose boat seems to have been sunk as the plane hit. However, as she tries to find answers to all the questions that are raised, she finds that doors are closed and lips are sealed due to the extremely secretive nature of the main investigation into the plane crash.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent plot 2 Feb 2012
By kmcg101
The fourth book in the series follows coroner Jenny Cooper as she investigates the death of a sailor, presumably as a result of a plane crash. The body of a 10 year old girl, who appears to have survived the plane crash, is also found washed up. As Jenny tries to connect the dots, the official investigation into the fate of the world's largest high-tech commercial airliner appears to be doing its best to stop her.

Although a little heavy in technical detail at times, an intelligent well written plot with a likable protagonist will keep you turning the pages. Don't be put off he you haven't read the earlier books in the series either; this was my first M.R. Hall book, and it certainly won't be my last.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THe Flight 3 Mar 2013
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kept me on my toes from page one, very good read well reccomended., the posibility of it happening for real scary
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating 3 Mar 2013
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Excellent read, the author keeps you on your toes with every turn of the page. Very well researched aeronautical information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flight 22 Feb 2013
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Being an ex aircraft engineer and often from my garden in FUlton the graceful flights of the A380 and other AIrbus aircraft. ALso being a fan of the Silent Witness program on TV there was an intriguing similarity of the two in this awesome story that gripped my attention from the first to the last chapters of the story even though the final outcome was weird.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series 8 Mar 2012
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I will not summarise the book here - as others have done a good job of that - but I will say that I found it the most un_put_downable of the series about Jenny Cooper.

There is more to the news headlines when the Airbus crashes in the Severn Estuary - and Jenny the district coroner sets about the difficult task of sides-stepping political forces to find the cause. I am delighted to read another book set in my own part of the country - and pleased that the main character has got to grips with her personal problems from previous books. This is book to read with your feet firmly on the ground - and if you live in the greater Bristol area so much the better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Many a fiction word written in advance of fact? 13 Mar 2013
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Picked the book up in a charity shop because flight interests me and I had enjoyed the TV programme on the West London Coroner. I did not know MR Hall as a writer. A good set of ingredients well mixed and cooked. Read whole book in a day so must have been a page turner with good writing flow. Main interest was the up to date flight background and a thought about how so many planes do stay up in the sky without problems. Cannot say I am drawn to read more of the Jenny Cooper series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking in pace and logic 10 Mar 2013
Well, I wasn't blown away by this one as a coroner seeks the truth about a crashed airline. What appears to be a tragic crash may actually be something else and coroner Jenny Cooper is determined to find out what happened, despite many warnings off.
Started well but the pace flagged and the plot was a little daft. Not badly written but just missing that 'certain something' to make it special. Nice to see a UK based character, packed with plenty of personal issues and flaws but it still didn't quite hit the mark for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars great book, just could not fathom out the ending
great book , just could not fathom out the ending, lots of who, why, and where questions outstanding.
Published 4 days ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, another Coronor Jenny Cooper Book
Complicated and quite technical, but a very good read.
Published 14 days ago by Maggie A
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 20 days ago by Eithne Curbishley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 1 month ago by Hannibal
5.0 out of 5 stars Fortunately, I had both feet planted firmly on terra ...
I would imagine that reading 'The Flight' whilst flying would be akin to watching 'Gravity' when you're orbiting the earth. Read more
Published 1 month ago by woodwytch
5.0 out of 5 stars More please!
Another wonderful book in the Coroner series. This time, the Coroner's private life is far less prevalent than in the earlier books but not to its detriment. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Welsh Witch
5.0 out of 5 stars part of a great series.
Could not leave it down, part of a great series.
Published 2 months ago by Irene Elizabeth Watterson
5.0 out of 5 stars I love M R Hall
I love M R Hall's Jenny Cooper books. It's nice to have good thrillers set in England and the main character being a Coroner makes a change from detectives.
Published 2 months ago by pauline warrington
2.0 out of 5 stars UNBELIEVABLE
A totally unbelievable story about a suspicious plane crash into the River Severn, and a lady Coroner who rushes around the country trying to be a private detective to get evidence... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Port Marine
3.0 out of 5 stars avid reader
I still enjoy M. R. Halls books, I just found this one hard going with all the technical bits. I know this is to keep the reader informed but I found it pretty hard going. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Valerie Bridges
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