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Despite twelve sterling titles in his Faraday and Winter gritty and atmospheric Portsmouth-set cop series, Graham Hurley is still a sorely under-appreciated crime writer, whom I would personally place on as high a pedestal as Ian Rankin, Val McDermid or Stuart MacBride. His new series features troubled DS Jimmy Suttle, a family man whose life has been shattered by the abduction and death of his daughter in an earlier volume and his ensuing estrangement from his journalist wife. Following the savage death in a West Country mansion haunted by the past of a rich old man whose complex, extended family still live under the same roof, the search for the truth leads Suttle to Africa and the Kenyan bush and uncovers uncomfortable truths. Strong emotional stuff and a gripping read.
Sarah Broadhurst's view...
Sadly Jim and Lizzie Suttle, police officer and journalist respectively, split after the kidnapping and death of their beautiful 2-year old daughter. Jim becomes involved in investigating the brutal murder of a wealthy ex-colonial gentleman hacked to death with his own machete. Lizzie becomes obsessed with finding a motive for her daughter’s killer. The two stories run parallel but hold a single theme, mental illness. This is an unusual tale, very clever and Hurley is one of the best in the police procedural area. Highly recommended.
A rich old man, Rupert Moncrieff, is beaten to death in the silence of his West Country waterside mansion, his head hooded and his throat cut. His extended family are still living beneath his roof, each with their own room, their own story, their own ghosts, and their own motives for murder. And in this world of darkness and dysfunction are the artefacts and memories of colonial atrocities that are returning to haunt them all. At the heart of the murder investigation is DS Jimmy Suttle who, along with his estranged journalist wife Lizzie, is fighting his own demons after the abduction and death of their young daughter, Grace. But who killed Rupert Moncrieff? And what secrets is the house holding onto that could unravel this whole investigation? The enquiry takes Suttle to Africa and beyond as he slowly begins to understand the damage that human beings can inflict upon one another. Not simply on the battlefield. Not simply in the torture camps in the Kenyan bush. But much, much closer to home.
|Publication date:||20th November 2014|
|Publisher:||Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
Closing date: 12/12/2021
While Graham Hurley during his long career cannot be said to have done anything radical with the standard form of the police procedural, his level of consistency has remained remarkably high, with such books as Touching Distance laying out an involving narrative with maximum clarity and vividness. In Sins of the Father, a wealthy elderly man, Rupert Moncrieff, dies after a savage beating in his West Country waterside mansion. A hood has been placed over his head and his throat cut. His extended family – who were still living with him – have a variety of personal stories as well as their own motives for his death. In charge of the murder investigation is DS Jimmy Suttle, who, working with his estranged journalist wife Lizzie, is still coping with his own problems after the abduction and murder of the couple’s young daughter Grace.
'Hurley's DS Jimmy Suttle thrillers are my favourite British crime series right now... Hurley's a master of plotting and superb characterisation... A terrific and tantalising read.' Peterborough Evening Telegraph
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