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Turnstone by Graham Hurley
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Mar 27, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: highly-recommended, british, police-procedural

Eight-year-old Emma Maloney gathered the coins out of her bank, got on a bus by herself, and walked into the Kingston Crescent Police Station hoping just maybe the police could find her dad, just like they'd found her bike that time. And Detective Inspector Joe Faraday finds he is just as determined to get answers for this child who has finally given him a case worth pursuing.

Turnstone, the first book in the Detective Inspector Joe Faraday series by Graham Hurley, is about as good as it gets for a police procedural. The characters are fully drawn, the plot is intricate, and the personal lives of DI Faraday and his officers of the Portsmouth CID are realistically crafted to sustain the reader's interest. Faraday, a widower whose deaf adult son has just left the nest, spends his time off birdwatching. Detective Sergeant Cathy Lamb, married to another police officer, is finding domestic life a bit elusive at the moment. Then there is Paul Winter, another member of the CID force, whose ambition and methods Faraday dislikes and distrusts, but even Faraday must admit the man knows how to get results. And then there is The Public, where money and influence have a say in what cases get what resources. Throw in some yacht racing and drug dealing in just the right amounts and you have a five-star story that will leave you looking for the next title in this British detective series.

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