GRAHAM HURLEYS "THE TAKE" A CRIME NOVEL
BY ALEX GRANT.
best-selling crime writer Michael Connelly [ VOID MOON/CITY OF BONES]
has called British writer Graham Hurleys second "Detective
Chief Inspector "Joe Faraday" novel THE TAKE a great
Hurleys initial Faraday book was TURNSTONE. The third such
is ANGELS FALLING.
Ever since U.K.
poet, publisher, and pulp novelist John Harvey in 1998 with the tenth
in the gritty series LAST RITES retired his eccentric tec
creation Charley Resnick- a man obsessed with jazz, open-faced
sandwiches and coffee - from such novels as WASTED YEARS and EASY MEAT
has been fascinating. The masterly Bill James has concluded his twenty
novel series devoted to the irresistible rogue cop Col Harpur
I believe that PAY DAYS [ 2001] was the final one.
James thrillers are now hard to get here there has been
a black hole where male Brit crime writers used to hold sway. Theres
always the versatile Andrew Taylor and his "Lydmouth" 1950s-set
series to relish
..but successors to Harvey and James have beena
long time waiting in the wings.
Graham Hurley prior to the publication of TURNSTONE two years or so
ago has established himself as a rival to Gerald Seymour, Frederick
Forsyth and even John Le Carre with such books as HEAVENS LIGHT
and THE PERFECT SOLDIER
Nowadays Hurley is up at the forefront of police-procedural/CID teamwork
fiction, more exercised within character and plot than Peter Turnbull,
a veteran or Frederic Lindsay, a Scots newcomer. Hurley cleverly insinuates
the reader in superficiae then whammo!! gets his plot going full steam
ahead in THE TAKE.
A highly dishonourable struck from the medical register - gynaecologist
is at the core of this second Faraday fiction, a man responsible for
ruining the souls of hundreds of his unsuspecting patients. Let alone
their reproductive organs. A college instructor, sex obsessed ,and a
soccer player no less preoccupied with scoring with the opposite gender,
are implicated in a rancid under-age porno ring of video manufacture
And theres a flasher in a "Donald Duck" mask to contend
Curiously Bill James called one of his exuberantly off-beat Col
Harpur/Des Iles books simply TAKE.
It wont take Hurley long to get to the territory of finessed crime
fiction staked out by James, now in his 73rd year and launched upon
an espionage series featuring a black hero Simon Abelard
[ 2001 ].
© Alex Grant November 2002
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