The Take

The Take

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Detective Inspector Joe Faraday's Management Assistant, Vanessa Parry, is dead, killed in a head-on car smash. But there's precious little time for grief. A disgraced gynecological surgeon is missing and his caseload of maimed women is a murder-suspect list from more

Product details

  • Audio cassette
  • 175.26 x 246.38 x 58.42mm | 589.67g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Audio Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0753114313
  • 9780753114315

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..".what really keeps one reading Is Hurley's talent for sudden and subtle plot turns that are as gracefully executed as the flight of a seabird."show more

Review Text

In great crime fiction writing, what really matters is not what happened or where, but why, and it is here that the central character acts as a lens focusing our attention on the things which make us not just human, but also fallible. Great crime fiction is a treatise on the human condition and Hurley, in only his second novel, shows himself to be an astute pop-psychologist. What begins as a simple missing person case involving a disgraced gynaecologist soon develops into a pain-tinged personal vendetta played against a backdrop of personal failings, professional pressures and misheld beliefs. With DI Joe Faraday just off-centre, Hurley focuses his writer's gaze on the people around him, questions the value of justice in the modern world and dares you to disagree with him. In a novel that works on several levels at once, he's somehow managed to produce the kind of writing British crime fiction has been seeking for the past 20 years. His characters are fully rounded, each living a life that continues off the page. His observations of what it is that makes humans tick in today's world would not be out of place in a course on psychology, and his sense of pace keeps the several strands of the story taut, reeling the reader in an inch at a time. And his terse prose captures the essence of W H Auden's words: "Law is neither wrong, nor right/Law is only crimes/Punished by places and by times..." (Kirkus UK)show more

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368 ratings
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4 46% (170)
3 27% (100)
2 5% (18)
1 1% (4)
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