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Turnstone (The Faraday and Winter series Book 1)

Turnstone (The Faraday and Winter series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Graham Hurley
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"The best British police procedural that I've read since John Harvey's 'Resnick' series, and that's a real compliment." --"Independent on Sunday"

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A city that refuses to die, a policeman who will not yield. A complex and captivating new hero has arrived on the crime scene. A new direction for Graham Hurley.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0752843362
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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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 Reads English, volunteers for Six-Day War (those films again!), and emerges three years later with five mercifully unpublished manuscripts, still intent on becoming a full-time novelist.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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start! 9 Feb 2008
It's taken me a while to come across Graham Hurley. Given that I knew there were quite a few books in this series, I thought I'd start at the beginning and I'm glad I did. I found it enjoyable and easy to read with a number of pointers to future books. Very promising!!!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Breath of fresh (sea) air 24 Oct 2001
I enjoyed this detective novel for a number of reasons, not least the characterisations, the credibility of the plot and the setting of Portsmouth, a British seaside town struggling against decline. The protagonist is a detective who's hobby - for once - is birdwatching, as opposed to the usual drink, women, depression or obscure American rock/jazz music. Definately worth a read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Promising Series Debut 23 Oct 2008
By P. Rees
The first in a series featuring Joe Farraday, a Detective Inspector working in Portsmouth. It is a promising series debut, although it took a while to get going - the case which forms the core of the book only really kicks in at about page 70. The denouement was also slightly disappointing. But it was well written, with some great characterisation - the relationship between Joe Farraday and his deaf teenage son was particularly moving. I look forward to reading further books featuring DI Farraday as I'm confident that Graham Hurley is capable of ironing out the wrinkles as the series progresses.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good start 29 Jan 2010
Thanks to another reviewer who suggested starting at book one rather than reading the latest DI Joe Faraday novel, I obtained a copy of this book and, indeed, all the others in the series and am glad I did. The writing is clear and easy to follow. The description of his locale is well detailed by the author and I like the way the dialogue moves along. Often, I'm thinking in other books that surely a particular character would never say such and such; thankfully, no similar problems for Graham Hurley.

It takes about 70 pages before the main point of the story - the disappearance of a father, reported missing by his eight yeard old daughter - comes to light but the earlier activity soon begins to play its part in this ingenious novel.

Naturally enough these days, Faraday has his own problems: a deaf son whose mother died prematurely, a weak and ponderous senior officer and plenty of associates who appear not to like his policing methods. The storyline is a good one but I didn't quite see where the appearance in his life, albeit brief, of the wife of a suspect fitted in. Well, I did but it seemed too contrived when much of the rest of the story gelled very well.

Anyway, an excellent start for me and I'm already on with the 'The Take' so we'll see how Faraday develops.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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This is the first Graham Hurley book I have read, it certainly will not be the last.From the prelude to the epilogue the author has you gripped in suspense.From the depths of despair on a run down drug infested estate in Portsmouth to the exitement of the Fastnet race the author captivates you. The plot twists and turns throwing you of the scent until the last possible moment.A truly persistant Inspector Farraday Keeps you on the edge of your seat until the final sentence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 16 Sep 2013
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I don't usually read one book after another by the same author but did with Graham Hurley books. Thoroughly good read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turnstone 8 May 2013
By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER
Set in a gritty south English port city, Portsmouth, this police procedural is the first in the DI Joe Faraday series and introduces a lot of contrasts and characters.
The birds picking on the salt marshes include little turnstones, and Faraday likes to watch them from his house. However his son, deaf and in his early twenties, has decided to leave the simple life and move to France with some colourful friends. Feeling dumped, Faraday leaves his restrictive desk work and takes on some of the cases his hard-pressed staff don't have time for. Like an 8 year old girl who reported her father missing.

The main work is concerned with drug dealers, grasses, damaged cars and housebreakers. But Faraday doggedly works on the trail of the missing man, who was a keen yachtsman and had planned to sail on a major race which ran into severe storms. Some of his crew were drowned and the boat capsized. But with a broken arm, the missing man wasn't on board. So... where is he? Unfortunately we don't get much more of the little girl.

There are several links to other characters and the internal police enquiries start up after a drug dealer is shot and injured, but no drugs were found in his home. Another cop, Paul Winter, is out to gain any information he can, and doesn't care what happens to the informants. Some very good female police officers are also on the scene, being human, and nobody has any of the blackly awful pasts that are so fashionable now.

Many sides of Portsmouth, or Pompey, are shown and there are several more good books in the series before it gets too depressing with drug dealers taking over the city. I recommend starting here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Enough Book 22 April 2013
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This wasn't a brilliant book, but given that at the time this was the author's first attempt at a detective novel (he wrote several more in this series), it wasn't bad either.

I lived in Portsmouth (where this series is set) for a good while, and he has caught the people and the general griminess of the city well, which is good. The overall plot was a bit silly (a young girl reports her Daddy's gone missing, which results in a murder investigation involving teams of competitive sailors), but it is a decent enough read to start a series, and has made me want to go back, and read book two.

I know that further down the line, the series gets much better. I've gone back to the start to watch the characters evolve.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing detective story
I found this to be unbalanced and the shift between main plot and subplots was clumsy. The characters were unconvincing and flat. I won't be reading any more of this series.
Published 2 months ago by Kath Page
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Now to get the next ones
Published 3 months ago by JudyW
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping detective novel
Very good writer. Faraday comes across as human but good at his job. Author must know something about ornithology to impart so much information. Read more
Published 4 months ago by geoffjones
3.0 out of 5 stars First of the series
It starts with an 8 year old girl reporting her missing father. Detective Inspector Faraday takes on the responsibility of this case and eventually suspects foul play. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Allan DB
5.0 out of 5 stars Another top quality
Grham Hurley never lets his high quality researched and written work decline into yet another quikly written newspaper artzicle, Thank goodness that he
Published 5 months ago by Chawalla
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Detective Story but a bit long-winded
This book certainly keeps you wanting to read on, but it takes a long time to come to the end. I would certainly read other books by this author and am glad I have found a new... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Arabella
4.0 out of 5 stars Great novel Mm
good characters. Portsmouth made an interest

king background.

faraway and winter are very different personalities which makes it better than juss5 :having... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Avril Summers
4.0 out of 5 stars Great plot
The depth of the authors research is clear. He tells the story of the investigation of a missing man but also shows how tedious most of a policeman's life is. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ms. M. S. Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...
A master at work book#1 in the Faraday and Winter series. Graham Hurley has created a story that looks at just how far a team of men are prepared to go for each other. Read more
Published 6 months ago by hazeyfantasey
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Writing
OK, this is just the second G Hurley book that I have read but
I found the books involving the two CID cops fascinating. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. David Watkins
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