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fitting ending to a great series of British police procedurals,
This review is from: Happy Days (Di Joe Faraday) (Hardcover)
The twelve book Joe Faraday/Paul Winter series comes to a highly satisfying conclusion in this excellent police procedural set in Portsmouth.
I would agree with other reviewers that it is best to read the series in order (start with Turnstone) or at least the previous novel (Borrowed Light) to gain maximum benefit from Happy Days (another ironic Graham Hurley title if ever there was one).
Reviewing the novel isn't easy without giving out spoilers, but suffice to say drug lord Bazza Mackenzie's hubris has escalated out of control, Paul Winter has finally realised what a Faustian pact he has made and wants out and Hantspol bosses decide to mount another attempt to bring Mackenzie to book for his crimes. The scene is set for a devastating clash and as previously Mr Hurley doesn't disappoint.
With a fast and strong narrative drive, great well-portrayed characters, realistic portraits of a police service and personnel under massive pressure, sharply drawn contemporary allusions and an all too believable Portsmouth backdrop, this is a fitting end to an excellent British police series.
One very minor complaint...for those of us who don't know our Cosham from Copnor or Fratton from Farlington, an end-piece sketch map of the city of Portsmouth and environs would perhaps have been helpful.
But geographical unfamiliarity won't interfere with your enjoyment of this superior series of novels.
And there's more to come - D/S Jimmy Suttle, fed up of Pompey, has migrated to the West Country to reappear in Western Approaches, out later this year.