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When Prison Officer Sean Coughlin is found brutally murdered, D.I. Joe Faraday is called in to drive the investigation and he begins to build a disturbing picture of the dead man's life. But as the inquiry progresses, Faraday becomes aware that the trail goes back to the Falklands War. Nineteen lives were lost to enemy action, a tragedy which may - two decades later - mask another more

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  • Mixed media product
  • 157 x 247.4 x 57.4mm | 657.72g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Audio Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0753118939
  • 9780753118931

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This, the fourth of Hurley's novels based around the exploits of Detective Inspector Joe Faraday, continues on from its compelling predecessor, Angels Passing. Once again, the city of Portsmouth supplies an unwelcoming and unfriendly background through which the central character and his colleagues make their way. The hell of being aboard a bombed ship in the Falklands sets the pace, before Hurley brings us right up to the present day, as England prepare to take on their old Argentinian rivals in the 2002 World Cup. While early summer unfolds in 'Murder City' Faraday, who has won himself a place on the Major Crimes Team, worries that work is really having too much of a detrimental effect on his personal life to the extent that it 'becomes a memory'. Little does he know that the brutal murder of a certain Sean Coughlin is going to account for even more of his precious time. The circumstances surrounding Coughlin's demise are peculiar to say the least, and as the investigating police ensure the dead Prison Officer gets the 'five-star service' a picture develops of a deeply unpleasant and unpopular individual. He has a penchant for extreme pornography and bullying, and a trail of enemies, any one of who could be responsible for his death. The investigation really heats up as a connection is made between his murder and a suspicious death from two decades previously. Once again Hurley's story moves along at a brilliantly maintained pace, with a cast of well-developed characters playing off each other convincingly and realistically in their professional rivalries and everyday encounters. From the cynicism of Paul Winter to the fastidious Chief Superintendent who wears ironed socks, it all makes for a highly enjoyable, hard-edged and hard-bitten read. Roll on the next instalment. (Kirkus UK)show more

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