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The Sins of the Father by Graham Hurley
  

The Sins of the Father

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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.

If you like Graham Hurley you might also like to read books by Kate Ellis, Peter Robinson and Alice Templeton.

Who is Maxim Jakubowski

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. 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.
~ Barry Forshaw

Synopsis

The Sins of the Father by Graham Hurley

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.

Reviews

'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

About the Author

Graham Hurley

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

Maxim Jakubowski's view on JOE FARADAY...

The investigations of a Portsmouth cop and a fascinating look into crime on the British coast. If you like Ian Rankin’s Rebus, this should be your next step. NO LOVELIER DEATH is the 9th book in the Faraday series.

A Q & A with Graham Hurley

Who’s your favourite author?
The Alan Furst of The Polish Officer and The World at Night.

Where do you live? And why?
Portsmouth. Because so many people ask me why.

What’s the greatest influence on your writing?
Lin Rowden.

What is your philosophy for life?
Check the tide tables and watch for eddies.

Have you had any formal tuition in creative writing? If so, where and what? Did you find it useful?
BA/MA Cambridge University (English – no help at all). No formal tuition in creative writing except a pathological nosiness and a fascination with story. Profound doubts about collective literary endeavour. Why? Because, in the end, writing is a solitary business.

Did you always want to be an author? If not, what did you originally want to be and when and why did you change your mind?
Yes. And like most authors, I’m not sure why. But – emphatically – yes.

Who do you most admire and why?
My mum (seriously). Because she’s never failed to make the very best of an occasionally dodgy hand. Huge fortitude.

What jobs did you have before you started writing?
Ice cream salesman, deckchair attendant, lifeguard, prep school teacher (scripture and cricket), Radio Victory reporter, TV promotion scriptwriter, TV researcher, TV documentary director/producer, Oz TV cop series writer.

If your house was burning down what would you save?
Lin Rowden, the cats, a framed photo of the Otter estuary, me.

What do you do when you are not writing? How do you relax? What are your hobbies?
Sailing, cycling, nosing around, tussling with French, dreaming of the day Tony Blair resigns.

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Publication date

20th November 2014

Author

Graham Hurley

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Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

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Hardback

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Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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9781409153375

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