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Western Approaches (Jimmy Suttle 1) Hardcover – 27 Dec 2012

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (27 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409131521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409131526
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hurley is a giant of British police procedural novels, and with Western Approaches we find an author on top of his game. As good as, if not better than Peter James and Ian Rankin. (Mark Timlin CRIME TIME)

This is another cracker from Graham Hurley...This is a very good opportunity to climb aboard and savour this writer's very addictive series. Brilliant. (CRIMESQUAD)

Graham Hurley's determination to look the seamy reality full in the face is refreshing because so rare...Hurley's devastating account of Suttle's marriage is one of the best things he has done. (Jake Kerridge DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Skillfully combining murder mystery and police procedural drama with a West Country travelogue, this is a satisfying read. (SUNDAY MIRROR)

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D/S Jimmy Suttle is on the edge ... The launch of a stunning series from one of the UK's most critically acclaimed crime writers.

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It was always going to be hard for this author to create a new series of crime procedurals following on from the excellent Joe Faraday stories. Of course, Jimmy Suttle is no Joe Faraday and his wife, Lizzie, is certainly no Paul Winter. Along with Bazza Mackenzie, these three were the stalwarts of a lengthy series in which, towards the end, Jimmy Suttle did play more than a supporting role.

Unfortunately, there's not enough in this book to whet the appetitie from the kick off. Is a body beneath a balcony suicide or murder? All bar Suttle believe it's suicide but because of this, the development of the possibilities that it is murder take place so slowly, it's a bit of a struggle to keep one's interest, the more so because Suttle's wife, Lizzie has decided she doesn't like the country life in a ramshackle house and spends half the book whingeing. She finds a new lease of life in the arms and oars of the rowing club members, much to the obvious distate of her husband.

Graham Hurley has always brought individual interests into his books. With Faraday it was bird watching and a disadvantaged son. Now it's the turn of the rowing environment. I'm not sure this a good thing. There's only so much you can say about rowing to a non-rower before one's eyes glaze over. Fortunately, the second half of the book is more like the 'old style' as Suttle has to cope with several strands to his busy life. I once misnamed Suttle as Scuttle.
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It was never going to be easy and thus it's proved. If, like me, you were expecting a bright new series under Cornish skies or Dartmoor mists then you'll be disappointed. A rich man falls/is thrown from a posh penthouse at a marina on the South Coast. It might as well be Gunwharf. Jimmy and Lizzie's run-down village cottage could be in the New Forest. The 6.57, Marie Mackenzie and Gill Reynolds from the News all put in an appearance. It's as if you've never left.
Which is a shame, an opportunity missed. There's no drive here, no sense of starting again. In setting the novel in Exmouth [where he lives] and its ocean-rowing club [of which I'm sure he's a member] Hurley's gone to a comfort zone. And strangely, such places can be dangerous.
There are one or two glimpses of what might have been - a headless body is found near Bodmin, a couple found dead in their Sidmouth flat but they're only mentioned in passing. It's a pity that Portsmouth was even mentioned. And towards the end, something happens which makes it a whole heap worse. And I couldn't take to Lizzie at all. The DI, Houghton, shows promise, as does the femme fatale in Plymouth but I do feel we've got to stop going east of Honiton!
In his 'Thankyou' page at the end, Hurley appears to echo all this, showing much uncertainty about where we all go from here. I'll look forward to his next book, as ever, but I hope that by then he'll have a clearer idea of his writing future.
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I so loved all the Faraday books that i pre-ordered this. Sadly, this book lacks the pace, excellent plotting and characters (Winter and Faraday; crime gold) and writing of that series. It was slow going in the extreme. far too much detail about run down cottages, rowing (pages of description of how to row!)and the negative side of living in the country, oh, and let's throw in some more information on rowing. By the end, i didn't care about Suttle, his wife or his life. I didn't even care whodunnit. Boring, turgid, over descriptive and characters that were little short of ciphers. Extremely disappointing. I shan't be returning to Jimmy's run down cottage and beat, thanks very much.
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I have read all of the Joe Faraday series and was not disappointed with this new one. I believe Graham Hurly is `the' best author, certainly in the UK, for this Genre. Living on the south coast myself all my life it feels really personal too. I enjoyed everything about Western Approaches and SO looking forward to No. 2 of the Jimmy Suttle series.
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Lovely to meet some of the original characters in the Farraday books. Still miss him! Jimmy Suttle is good and I hope he has a happier personal life in the next book! Think I will start rereading the series soon.
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This author was recommended by a friend and, as I had never read any of the Joe Farrady novels but knew that he had died, I started with this one as a fresh start. The constant reference back to the Farrady series was a little disconcerting but not as much as 50% of this book being devoted to the behaviour of Jimmy Suttle's wife and her destruction of their relationship. In addition I guessed the Reggie Perrin style ending well in advance. Perhaps the sequel will be better.
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I liked the interaction between the home life of the detective with his work life. Also, I enjoyed that the book was set locally and I was able to relate to most of the sites mentioned. It was clear that much research had been undertaken, but with my memory I sometimes got a little confused with the abbreviations. Overall an enjoyable read.
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