Angels Passing

Angels Passing

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"Angels Passing" is a Dickensian trawl through the depths of life in Portsmouth. With a compactly labyrinthine plot, uniquely human policemen, a grotesque rogues gallery of squalid villains and a shadowy child as anti-hero - it's a breathtaking and harrowing ride. Devoted to the events of just one week, and focused around two investigations - the hunt for a ten year old boy, who may be linked to the death of a teenage girl and a murder enquiry prompted by the discovery of the body of a small time crook on wasteland north of the city - "Angels Passing" takes us to the core of complex relationships, serves as a grimly recognisable post-mortem on a society that is coming apart at the seams. This is at once an unremittingly realistic fast moving crime thriller and a bleakly moving novel about the price children are paying for a society that is in freefall.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 322.05g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • ORION
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752831895
  • 9780752831893

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The launch for ANGELS PASSING at Portsmouth Cathedral was a huge success, with over 100 people attending. The publication achieved huge local coverage. Local newspaper THE NEWS ran two 2-page spreads on the book with a promotion, Graham was interviewed on PORTSMOUTH TELEVISION and the launch was filmed by local news programme MERIDIAN NEWS. Displays of Graham's photographs of Portsmouth looked fantastic and were a great focal point at the launch.Graham has been doing several talks and book signings locally. In Ottakar's, Portsmouth he is their number 1 seller this week, selling 80 copies of ANGELS PASSING and 60 copies of THE TAKE at one signing event. PRAISE'The often sordid life ofa large British city is caught with pinpoint accuracy, together with a host of realistic characters on both sides of the law. The picture of a society infreefall, littered with wrecked families, drugs and corruption, feels painfully true to life, and the conflicts facing the investigating policemen betraytrue emotion and pathos...... this could well be the book that drags Graham Hurley into the rarefied atmosphere of crime bestsellerdom in the wake of IanRankin and Val McDermid... A splendid achievementTHE GUARDIAN (Maxim Jakubowski) 'Angels Passing is one of the best British police novels that I have read in the last few years and Faraday looks like being an enduring character...an excellent police procedural...'WATERSTONE'S ENIGMA magazine 'What is so impressive about this crime thriller is the realistic approach and also the thehuman touches, all of which bring the story and the characters vividly alive. This is a first class thriller by a remarkably good writer'PUBLISHING NEWS 'Angels Passing is a strong and realistis crime thriller and a moving story that tackles the serious issues of a society fraying at the seams'OXFORD MAIL NATIONAL PRESSTHE GUARDIAN - reviewLITERARY REVIEW - reviewSUNDAY TELEGRAPH -reviewINDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY - reviewMORNING STAR - review TRADE PRESSPUBLISHING NEWS - author interview MAGAZINESFHM - review in November issueENIGMA - reviewCRIME TIME - interview by Michael Carlson in November issueCRIME TIME - review by Mark Campbell (issue 29)CRIME TIME - review by Michael CarlsonGOOD BOOK GUIDE - reviewREAD ALL ABOUT IT, Brent Library mag - reviewP&O FLAGSHIP magazine - review TELEVISIONPORTSMOUTH TELEVISION - interview 7/10/02MERIDIAN NEWS - filmed launch party for local news programme INTERNETwww.tangledweb.co.uk - review EVENTSHavant Arts Centre - talk and signing to local reading group 10/11/02Southampton Libraries - talk and signing at North Guild Theatre 03/11/02Portsmouth Central Library - talk and signing 11/11/02Gosport Bookshop - signingOttakar's, Portsmouth - signingLunch with key crime reviewers 11/9/02 to include Maim Jakubowski, Michael Carlson and Mark Timlin REGIONAL PRESSTHE NEWS (PORTSMOUTH) - 2 double-page spreads about Graham and the book to run on consecutive days, plus big promotion in conjunction with P&O ferries to run on 5th OctPETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH - lead reviewCAMBRIDGE EVENING NEWS - reviewNEWCASTLE EVENING TELEGRAPH - reviewCUMBRIA EVENING CHRONICLE - reviewDURHAM EVENING TELEGRAPH - reviewOXFORD MAILABERDEEN EVENING EXPRESS - reviewSENTINEL SUNDAY - reviewSOUTH WALES EVENING POST - reviewGLOUCESTER CITIZEN - reviewHARTLEPOOL MAIL - reviewEASTERN DAILY PRESS - reviewNORWICH EVENING NEWS - reviewIRISH NEWS (BELFAST) - reviewSHIELDS GAZETTE - reviewWEST CUMBRIA NEWS & STAR - reviewSWINDON EVENING ADVERTISER - reviewDERBYEVENING TELEGRAPH - reviewSCARBOROUGH TRADER - reviewSOUTH LONDON PRESS - reviewHUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER - reviewEALING INFORMER - reviewBLACKPOOL GAZETTE - reviewPERTHSHIRE ADVERTISER - reviewDERBYSHIRE TODAY - reviewHULL DAILYshow more

About Graham Hurley

Graham Hurley is an award-winning TV documentary maker who now writes full time. He has lived in Portsmouth for 20 years. He is married and has grown up children.show more

Rating details

280 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 23% (64)
4 48% (133)
3 22% (62)
2 6% (17)
1 1% (4)
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