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Deadlight (DI Joe Faraday #4)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  204 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Newly appointed to the Major Crimes Team, DI Joe Faraday investigates the brutal murder of a local prison officer, Sean Coughlin—and begins to build a disturbing picture of the dead man’s life. With few friends and many enemies, Coughlin appears to have been a murder waiting to happen. Was the killer a recently released prisoner with a homicidal grudge? Or do the clues lea ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Orion Publishing (first published July 17th 2003)
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Bev Taylor
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
a d i joe faraday novel

joe has been appointed to the elite major crimes team. he is tasked to investigate the brutal murder of a local prison officer who no-one seems to like. and with a list of enemies that long where do u begin?

as the inquiry develops a disturbing picture begins to develop and could the murder be linked back as far as an episode in the falklands 2 decades ago?

good plot and wonderful characterisation of both places and people. of the latter, winter stands out. a police offic
Aug 22, 2009 rated it liked it
DI Joe Faraday is now working Major Crimes, an important new assignment for a boss he respects, where he wants to do well. He is faced with investigating the brutal murder of a prison guard, Sean Coughlin. The problem is, as the investigation reveals, Coughlin was a terrible person who had gone through his life bullying and brutalizing people and making any number of enemies who would be glad to see him dead. So which one, or ones, acted on that impetus is the question.

There is a subplot here as
Cathy Cole
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite British police procedural series. Faraday is a determined investigator who demands truth and justice. As a widower, he hasn't had an easy time of raising his deaf son by himself, but he's done a good job-- even though both his job and his son have had him hiking out to commune with the birds he loves so much. (Some detectives hit the bottle, others listen to jazz or opera, Faraday goes bird watching.) Joe's son is pretty much independent at this stage and even helps du ...more
Another good read in the mystery series featuring Joe Faraday, recently transferred to the Major Crimes unit in Portsmouth. Surrounded by interesting supporting characters, this book deals with a murder that has its roots in the Falklands war, where the murdered man served aboard a ship that was sunk in the conflict with nineteen men lost. As Faraday and his team begin ruling out suspects with more recent involvement with the victim, they find a bit of an obstruction when it comes to getting coo ...more
Jul 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-mystery
The Portsmouth detective in this series is a well developed character with a deaf son. This book was not as enjoyable as the earlier ones. Just merely OK. The plot was not as interesting, about the murder of a man who was not the victim in an opening sequence set in the Falklands War. It took too long to close the circle
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Very good series with strong characters and interesting plots. In this one a prison guard, universally disliked, is found beaten to death in his home. Suspicion initially falls on a recently released prisoner, but the answer reaches back to the Falklands war.
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gone, diana
Actually I really like this - nearly made 4 stars. Bit of a soap opera now after reading several of the books but I do care about Winter and Dawn - still enjoy the deaf angle, still find the bird watching a bit of a cringe.
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another interesting story from Graham Hurley although Faraday is somewhat lugubrious, Winter is a much more compelling character. I can't wait to find out what has happened to Winter's career in the next instalment!
Sep 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Graham Hurley is masterful in his ability to scatter police procedural information, local knowledge and the ornithological around the creation of Faraday and his surrounding detectives. His books rarely fail to entertain.
Karen Kausche
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent book
Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
DI Faraday has transferred to Major Crimes - story involves ex-servicemen, flash backs to the Falklands War, friendship, and payback.
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Again set in Portsmouth, but again too hard bitten
Aug 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
A terrific, if somewhat gloomy, series.
Auntie M Graff
Jan 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Another great installment from the Joe Faraday series. Hurley consistently creates a character-driven novel in this British police series; check out the rest!
Gary Van Cott
Dec 16, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Generally ok although it drags more than a bit. While the main case is resolved at the end there are a number of other issues that aren't.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it
quite interesting, especially the psychological effects of the sinking of the Sheffield and other ships during the Falklands War. Very thorough in police procedures and stuff. Fluid style, too.
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Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bleak, but rewarding.
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars.
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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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