Happy Days

Happy Days

Book - 2012
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D/I Faraday is gone and the police are left reeling. As his boss attempts to limit any possible PR damage his one time shadow on the force, ex D/C Winter is ever more concerned that he may have made the biggest mistake of his life throwing in his lot with the city's drug baron, Bazza McKenzie. Especially as Bazza is becoming increasingly desperate and violent as his empire begins to crumble under the weight of austere times. And, in the person of D/S Jummy Suttle there's a new will at the heart of Portsmouth's embattled police force to nail Bazza once and for all, the one man Faraday was always desperate to bring to justice. Graham Hurley's new novel is about loss. It is about the decisions we make in life, about the impact our lives have on others. Hurley's trademark authenticity has been allied to an ever increasing sense of drama as he charts the lives of his vivid characters and paints a stunning portrait of a city and a country at war with itself. A war which throws the police into the front line. Happy days?
Publisher: London : Orion, ©2012
ISBN: 9781409101260
Branch Call Number: HURLEY
Characteristics: 405 p

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stinkeyboy
Jun 28, 2015

hey mommy

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pitkerro
Jul 26, 2012

Not so much a bang as a whimper in terms of a finale. I thought Joe Faraday deserved better but on reflection it's probably truer to life than a more dramatic exit. Whither next Winter and do we really care?

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cheadlebeagle
Jul 23, 2012

I really enjoyed the first books in this series but found it lost its way a bit. Too much Winter and Bazza at the end and I found this a disappointing last novel although still better than most crime novels out there. I will be interested to see what the author does next.

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SportyReader
Jun 16, 2012

The Faraday/Winter series has been immensely enjoyable and with the shocking twist to the last book I wondered how it was all going to end. Sadly, Happy Days doesn't do as well as the previous books in either the story or any interest.

The book used to take a lighter side whenever Bazza Mackenzie was on until I realized that Hurley had no intention of "maturing" Bazza or evolving him. So we're stuck with the same narrow minded idiotic simpleton who somehow has a sharp eye for things but cannot conceive the stupidity of his actions, not to mention his philandering ways when he's got the queen of the castle, Marie, standing by him.

Hurley fans will want to read Happy Days and end the series but be warned...it's far from brilliant and the plot plods towards a dreary and not so satisfying finish.

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bibliofinn
May 30, 2012

Graham Hurley’s Faraday and Winter novels have always been strongest in portraying the grimy back streets of Portsmouth, England, a city with a fabulous past and an uncertain future. They are good at showing the painstaking and frustrating nature of police work in a society where the amoral rise to the top and frequently set the tone, and the agenda, for everyone else. Brooding over the entire series is the presence of sociopathic charmer, gangster and would-be king of Portland Bazza Mackenzie, a brilliant creation who flashes from football hooligan to far-sighted businessman in the space of a second. Originally the series featured two detectives, put-upon straight arrow and decent guy Joe Faraday and wild, in-it-for-the-laughs scalphunter Paul Winter. Somewhere about the middle of the series Hurley seemed to lose interest in Faraday and concentrated more on Winter’s dance with the darkness and the magnetic Bazza Mackenzie. That continues in this, the final volume of the series. Faraday disappears and the rest of the book chronicles the seemingly unstoppable rise of Mackenzie, and Winter’s battle to reclaim his soul, all set against the aftermath of the Crash of 2008 and the subsequent election of David Cameron. The tension ratchets up as the book proceeds and the ending is nail-biting. A worthy end to a very enjoyable series.

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