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Touching Distance by Graham Hurley
  

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A killing without mercy. A crime with no motive. A thriller from the author of the highly acclaimed Faraday and Winter novels.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. DS Jimmy Suttle is working as a major crime detective on the Devon and Cornwall police force, despite the failure of his marriage and estrangement from his young daughter. But he is to find that a professional assignment obliges him to put the muddle of his private life on the back burner. Michael Corrigan has been shot in the head at the wheel of his car on an isolated moorland road, with only his two-year-old son as a witness, strapped into the rear child seat.
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Synopsis

Touching Distance by Graham Hurley

Three random killings. Or something much, much worse? DS Jimmy Suttle is trying to get his life back on track. His marriage has fallen apart and he rarely sees his young daughter, Grace. But then a murder shuts the door on the chaos of his personal life...The victim was shot through the head at the wheel of his car on a lonely moorland road. The only witness? His two-year-old son, strapped into the rear child seat. Within days, two more killings, equally professional, equally without motive. Meanwhile, Suttle's estranged wife is embarking on an investigation of her own in the world of journalism. But the story brings her to the question at the very heart of Jimmy's case - what does it take to make a man kill?

Reviews

'In all his [Hurley] books, the humanity of his police officers is as important as their ingenuity as detectives, in fact it is their sensitivity that makes this thriller... admirable rather than tasteless... the second in the new series, is as thought-provoking and vivid as his previous writings' LITERARY REVIEW

'Hurley is a giant of British police procedural novels, and with Western Approaches we find an author on top of his game. As good as, if not better than Peter James and Ian Rankin.' -- Mark Timlin CRIME TIME

'Graham Hurley's determination to look the seamy reality full in the face is refreshing because so rare...Hurley's devastating account of Suttle's marriage is one of the best things he has done.' -- Jake Kerridge DAILY TELEGRAPH

'Skillfully combining murder mystery and police procedural drama with a West Country travelogue, this is a satisfying read.' SUNDAY MIRROR

'TOUCHING DISTANCE is a storming read and is yet another fantastic addition to an already addictive series' CRIMESQUAD

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

1st January 2015

Author

Graham Hurley

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Publisher

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

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781409135555

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