Freshly promoted to the elite Major Crimes Unit, Faraday is thrown into the deep end with the investigation into the murder of prison officer, Paul Coughlin. Was the violent Coughlin killed by a recently released con he brutalised in prison? Or is his death a legacy of a wider, more savage violence from twenty years before? Coughlin was a petty officer in the Royal Navy. He served on HMS Accolade, a Type 21 frigate sunk during the Falklands War with the loss of 19 men. Could it be that tragedy has hidden the evidence of a crime that has waited 20 years to be avenged? Portsmouth, the Royal Navy's major south coast base, has thrived on the riches that war brings but it has also suffered; a city and its people living with the long shadows of the terrible emotional and physical price of conflict. Hurley focusses on Portsmouth's ambiguous relationship with the Royal Navy and, as Faraday attempts to penetrate the wall of silence thrown up by the Navy, presents a further riveting chapter in the life of his uniquely appealing hero.
- Hardback | 352 pages
- 154.94 x 233.68 x 35.56mm | 635.03g
- 17 Jul 2003
- Orion Publishing Co
- London, United Kingdom
Faraday and Winter make an excellent detective pairing, and Portsmouth is a good locale for a crime series. In their latest adventure, Faraday has been promoted to the elite Major Crimes Unit, and is investigating the murder of a prison officer called Coughlin. He was an ex-petty officer in the Royal Navy, and served on a frigate in the Falklands war, which was sunk with the loss of 19 hands. As a prison officer, he was universally loathed by everyone, and perhaps he was killed by a released prisoner with a grudge. It is an intriguing mystery, and makes for a gritty tale told with plenty of verve.
About Graham Hurley
Graham Hurley is an award-winning TV documentary maker who now writes full time. He has lived in Portsmouth for over 20 years. He is married and has grown-up children.