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Angels Passing - Graham Hurley

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Graham Hurley / Hardcover / 352 Pages / Book is published 2002-10-10 by Orion

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      17.07.2008 01:16
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      Drugs, gritty council estates and the tragic death of a teenage girl- all in a days work.....

      I have never been a paticulary big fan of British Crime fiction- I pretty much gave up on REBUS after none of the other novels I read matched up to the promise of the first book, KNOTS AND CROSSES; have never thought much of author, PETER ROBINSON despite his critical acclaim; was dis-illusioned by VAL MCDERMID's novels on which THE WIRE IN THE BLOOD series featuring Robson Greene is based and was less than impressed by MARK BILLINGHAM when I came across himearlier this year. JOHN CONNOLLY is one of the few British Crime writers I admire and all his novels are set in America!!

      Nevertheless, when I saw two of GRAHAM HURLEY's novels cheap in a local second-hand book store that more resembles a jumble sale but which has yeilded the occassional gem amongst a multitude of tatty paperbacks and endless Mills And Boon, I decided to give him a go. After all, I was fed up of Cornwell Patricia and needed new direction and had not yet discovered TESS GERITSEN.

      Sometimes you should go with your instincts....

      The synopsis is a young girl falls to her death and a shadowy figure is caught on CCTV close to the crime scene. Did she fall? Was she pushed? What lead her to the rough block of flats, home to drug dealers and rough families, in the first place? DI Joe Faraday is on the case but his investigation is side-lined with the discovery of the body of some local scum found murdered on waste-land a few miles away. Is there a connection? More importantly, do we care?

      Set in and around Portsmouth, this is something like the third installment of this series and has recieved rave reviews on sites like AMAZON but was enough to bore me and put me off rerading the other book in the series I bought alongside. It just doesn't feature enough action for me though is probably very true to life and comes over as highly authentic of modern-day policing. But what I want from a Crime novel is a ruthless serial killer running amok, roof-top chases with guns and a crazed Detective who is almost as mad as the killer he pursues and on this level, this novel was never going to deliver.

      This is one for older, more mature readers I feel who get off on watching DALZIEL AND PASCOE, THE INSPECTOR LINDLEY MYSTERIES, MIDSOMER MURDERS and WAKING THE DEAD on their respective TV channels. It's pretty formulaic but very well done for what it is but unfortunately is not for me. I got too bored, started skim-reading and skipped a feww chapters to get to the end only to find I didn't really care about the grim, gritty result of the investigation anyway....

      Like I said, its highly realistic of how modern-day policing probably is in Portsmouth or any other big city for that matter but I'm more for the sensationalist thriller any day of the week and this was a little too mundane for me to endure. I don't read Crime thrillers for too much realism- my fodder is escape from reality and that means the kind of novel where killers such as Hannibal Lecter et al are commonplace and which are not based around dirty council estates rife with seedy drug dealers and crack addicts.

      Not one for me, I'm afraid...

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