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Happy Days (DI Joe Faraday #12)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  89 ratings  ·  17 reviews
As ex-drug baronBazza Mackenzieruns for parliament, ex-cop Paul Winter knows that his time with Bazza must,at whatever cost,come to an end, in the 12th in this highly acclaimed series of police procedurals
DI 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-DC Winter, is ever more
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published January 2012 by Orion Publishing
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It was somewhat bitter-sweet to know that on reading this book, Joe Faraday is dead, and another series over. Which I confess is a lot of the reason for the delay.

The Faraday and Winter series has always been a slow burner in this household, quick to obtain, slow to savour, the characters at the heart of the books – Faraday, Paul Winter and Bazza Mackenzie real and vibrantly drawn. Because of that realness the fate of Faraday seems, unfortunately, so right, here is a man who always seemed slight
Mark Sennen
So, here we are. At the end of the line. They say to travel is always better than to arrive and that is nowhere more true than in this instance because the destination can bring only sadness. Graham Hurley’s superlative Faraday and Winter series is over. I haven’t felt this way since I finished Blue at the Mizzen, by Patrick O’Brian. A very different genre, but an equally compelling story arc. As a crime writer myself I would be happy to produce something a tenth as good as this body of work.

Richard Thompson
The last in the Faraday and Winter series.

At the end of the last book we assumed that Joe Faraday was about to commit suicide and at the beginning of this one we find he has, in fact, done that.

D/S Jimmy Suttle, a protege of Winter's and a colleague of Faraday's, finds the body and become the new point man on an operation to bring down perennial bad-guy, Bazza Mackenzie. Bazza is particularly vulnerable: a political operative has convinced him that he should run for a seat in Parliament in the u
So we've come to the end of the Faraday/Winter line. I for one am a bit glad. The series started flounder a few books ago and the end was too drawn out. The whole Bazza Mackenzie versus the cops started to feel a bit like Wil E. Coyote versus the Roadrunner or a superhero versus his archenemy. It's supposed to keep the stories together but it gets really boring, really quickly.

After having invested the time to read the series and to care about the characters, I have a real issue with the way Mr
A wonderful, great series. Great characters and great stories. Very sorry to have reached the end but, I think, it was appropriate/timely and well conceived ending. The series does apparently take off on another line and character with young detective Suttle taking the lead and I'll be reading them when I can find them. I find them mostly in UK and Canada on eBay. If you haven't read these, start with #1 and stick to the order - it makes more sense that way and the characters get a chance to gro ...more
Dean Pengelly
The last of the Joe Faraday novels and did not disappoint. If you like police or detective novels and have not read about Joe Faraday give one a read and you will likely want to read all twelve.
British police procedural. Book # 12 with troubled DI Joe Faraday and fellow police officer, now retired Paul Winter, set in Portsmouth, England. Paul Winter is still working for crime boss Bazza MacKenzie, but wants to get out – he takes an undercover assignment from his friend police officer Jimmy Suttle to get Bazza into trouble. This is the last book in this series, but Hurley has started a new series, using police officer Jimmy Suttle. First book: Turnstone
Rog Harrison
This is the final book in the series and is not really a DI Faraday book as he committed suicide at the end of the previous book. His only scenes in this story are when his corpse is discovered, his autopsy takes place, his funeral takes place and his ashes are scattered. The central characters are the two characters who have increasingly taken over this series - criminal Mackenzie and his assistant ex-policeman Paul Winter. As events move on the book becomes a real page turner and I really did ...more
Ann Chappe
The best yet in this series...the title is deeply ironic as we come to see by the conclusion in which there are no neat and happy endings. Winter is on centre stage throughout the book still playing the " bent cop" and weaving his way between the cynicism of the policemen who want to use him ,and the raw villainy of Bazza his underworld boss. Tension mounts as the two sides collide , the Bazza empire starts to crumble and Winter has to rely on the ex- colleagues who now despise and distrust him ...more
I've enjoyed this series of Faraday, Winter and McKenzie books and will miss the shenanigans of Winter and his manoeuvres to keep himself out of trouble. The conclusion probably wasn't as strong as it could have been, but nonetheless it was satisfying. It was a brave move by Hurley to kill off main characters, but i guess he had gone about as far as he could in old Pompey. I now look forward to seeing what Shuttle gets up to as he moves on to a new area, if indeed this is where Hurley heads to n ...more
End of an enjoyable series but sadly it goes out on a whimper rather than a bang. A few shocks early on keep the reader going but I do feel more could have been made of Bazza Mackenzie's politcal campaign. Will miss these books as Faraday and Winter, along with Rebus (by Ian Rankin) and Banks (by Peter Robinson) have become firm favourates and now only Banks is left.
Another brilliant read from Graham Hurley. A Master Craftsman at writing thrillers with excellent and believable plots. Sadly the last of the Faraday/Winter series, which also 'starred' Baz MacKenzie - Pompey's own local criminal. Much to like and enjoy in the whole series of 12 books. They just got better and better. Best to read them in order. Unforgettable.
In "Happy Days" Hurley seems to be drawing to a close a successful series of novels featuring the bird watching DI Joe Faraday. As a devotee of Hurley's writings I must confess to a certain sadness. I shall miss all the goings on in Pompey. Oh well, everything changes...
End of a era ,end of a wonderful series . As we say good bye to these intriguing characters we look forward to a new era with new characters
What a well scripted and well documented series top marks for writing and research

I have been really fond of this series and hate to see it end. I was truly tired of Bazza but I loved Joe Faraday and enjoyed the devious brain of Paul Winter. The Suttle series will likely be enjoyable so I will give it a try.
A terrible ending to a wonderful series. What a let down...I loved Faraday and Winter. They should've gone out with a bang rather than a whimper. So disappointed.
Christine Standing
Quite a shock to loose faraday in the first few pages but enjoyed the book very much.
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Graham Hurley was born November, 1946 in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. His seaside childhood was punctuated by football, swimming, afternoons on the dodgems, run-ins with the police, multiple raids on the local library - plus near-total immersion in English post-war movies.

Directed and produced documentaries for ITV through two decades, winning a number of national and international awards. Launched a wr
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