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John Edward William Elliott
3.0 out of 5 starsvERY CONFUSING AND UNLIKELY.
Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2013
i AM SORRY BUT i WROTE THE REVIEW OF "THE PRICE OF DARKNESS" UNDER the column for "Doors Open". This is my mistake and I have not read "Doors Open" yet.
Very well plotted and described. Portsmouth must be a hugely depressing city for the cops, despite urban regeneration.
I am not sure the author wants us to admire Winter, a cop who walks off the force to become pally with a criminal and his trashy thuggish friends. Maybe Hurley has got tired of writing true to life police procedurals in which small lives are wasted and big crimes can't be pinned on anyone. This social comment leaves us in no doubt that men can make big money from crime and women can be used and abused by criminals. Even the women given luxuries are just status symbols, to be passed around to other men at the boss's whim.
We also see the murders of a property developer and a minister. I cannot believe it took so long for someone to see the similarities meant they were almost certainly linked. I saw it right away. The painstaking work of the detectives is illustrated through Faraday, who has his own concerns about his ever more strange son JJ.
Well worth a read; and the story draws the reader in at parts, the writing smooth and forceful in turn. This is an unbiased review.
3.0 out of 5 starsThe Price of Darkness a bit inflated?
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2008
After looking forward to another Joe Faraday story
The Price of Darkness
, I was rather disappointed by this latest offering from Graham Hurley. The characters as usual, are well drawn and speak with voices true to their setting. Faraday is also true to form -- concerned, sensitive and sensible, empathetic with the victims, but also vaguely vulnerable and naive at times. The police's, and Pompey's, nemesis Bazza McKenzie is firing on all cylinders, but still manages to draw the reader into a love-hate relationship.
A couple of issues though. How is it that the police, with all their resources, and through so many stories, have failed to nail McKenzie after all these years? And what of the subplot involving Faraday's deaf son J-J and his over-the-top real estate purchase: why was it included?
This storyline was almost a bit too clever in its construction. The various "subplots" were too distracting -- but at the same time not adequately fleshed out. Things moved along at a fairly brisk pace, but then some relatively inconsequential bits and pieces subtly broke its pacing. I found myself sometimes reading a chapter and then saying, "oh yeah, I'd forgotten about him,or that, or whatever", which shouldn't really happen in a good, evenly-paced storyline.
Even the jet-ski tournament sort of fizzled out as an idea (in the author's plan of things) without a particularly concrete solution. And Paul winter: good-guy or good-guy turned bad? It was left hanging at the end. And when Winter admitted to Bazza that his new marketing agent was an undercover cop, surely Bazza would've had her killed. Or, alternatively, Winter wouldn't have given her game away. Didn't really gel at all.
So... basically just an okay read, but I'm thinking I won't be looking for any more Graham Hurley/Joe Faraday books in the near future. 6/10
3.0 out of 5 starsKey book in the series, let down with a weak sub-plot
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 23, 2017
Second hand hardback in excellent condition.
This is a complicated book, mainly dealing with Winter deciding to go under cover, which due to poor support, turns into him leaving the police force and joining Bazza's criminal enterprise. Generally this is very well handled, but requires the reader to have followed the stories from the beginning.
Trying to combine this with a detective plot for Faraday was always going to be difficult, and though it has some interesting premises in a pension scandal, the plot isn't great and the whole strand with the youth offender seems a bit far fetched - so loses a couple of stars.
This is Graham Hurley's latest DI Faraday police procedural novel set in Portsmouth. Previous reviewers have already outlined the plot, so suffice to say that this is an excellent addition to the series. Strong characters, very well written, and a well thought out and developed plot - Hurley just keeps getting better and better.
For what it's worth, I would strongly recommend reading the Faraday novels in sequence. Although each book would still be enjoyable on a stand-alone basis, you really need to follow the development of the characters throughout the series to understand what makes them tick.
5.0 out of 5 starsA slow burner, but a FANTASTIC read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 14, 2013
This is a fascinating read. It's a slow burner, but that's fine as I haven't had much time lately. Characterisation, as ever by Hurley, is brilliant, and the gritty realism holds the reader throughout. The very tragic,brutal nature of the crime on this occasion makes the storyline all the more gripping.I have also thoroughly enjoyed the development of the' Winter on the darkside' storyline, and there's clearly great potential in this.Hurley remains a real talent, and I have his next novels ready and waiting. Going to be so disappointed when I reach the end of this great series- I only discovered Hurley last winter.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 18, 2013
Exceptionally good police procedural with solid characters all of whom have depth. Newcomers to Hurley's work might do well to read the Joe Faraday series in sequence as the characters develop individually and in their inter-relationships.