Happy Days

Happy Days

[a Faraday and Winter Novel]

Large Print - 2013
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Bazza Mackenzie, Pompey's top criminal, is now beyond the reach of DI Joe Faraday. Hungry for power and profile, Bazza decides to stand for Portsmouth North in the 2010 general election. And his campaign is taking the city by storm. The police and the city elders are horrified.
Publisher: Leicester : Charnwood, 2013, c2012
ISBN: 9781444814071
Branch Call Number: LP HURL
Characteristics: 509 pages


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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?

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.

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.

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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