Bazza Mackenzie, Pompey's top criminal, is now beyond reach of DI Joe Faraday. Hungry for power and profile, Bazza decides to stand for Portsmouth North in the general election. And his campaign is taking the city by storm. But politics is an expensive business and so Bazza turns to ex-cop Paul Winter to call in a multi-million pound drug debt. Winter, though, is facing a nightmare of his own and knows his time with Bazza has to end. Enter DS Jimmy Suttle, the young Major Crimes detective once partnered with Winter himself. Bringing Bazza to his knees, he believes, might just be possible.
Three men, Three weeks of hard campaigning. And the darkest reckoning when the final votes are counted.
©2012 Graham Hurley (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd
"Gripping, gritty and utterly authentic." (Irish Independent)
I haven't read the book or any in the series.
A good conclusion to this series of stories featuring Winter & Bazza.
I find Tim Pepper's voice very easy to listen to. He distinguishes the different characters well and I found myself liking some characters and disliking others in this Winter/Bazza collection of stories.
He dared, but will he win?
You have to read/listen to the other books concerning Paul Winter and Bazza McKenzie to fully understand their relationship, how it came to be and how it ends. This keeps you on tenterhooks for a good part of the story and the main characters show their true colours.
I had real trepidations about how the actor would voice the Pompey locals… living in Plymouth I get annoyed with actors who play Janners sounding like they come from Wiltshire…or some other non descript Wessex village..with that awful Ooh AHH wurzel burr. I need not have worried Tim Pepper must be from Portsmouth, because his “Pompey-Mush Speak is ” perfectly performed. ..and the old style “Dain, and Rain the Rain da bout” accent (translation-down and round the roundabout) is excellent-He must be a Pompey boy.
For us Pompey FC fans, the book also has a lot to say about Portsmouth FC, and the last days of the Premiership under Uncle Avram.
1. I would recommend the book, its up there with Robotham and Rankin-not just for Pomponians- in it’s content.
2. Who is Tim Pepper, he is excellent…what a brilliant narration
3. I am gonna do some Faraday novels now
As with the previous 'Portsmouth' books, this was a wonderful story, albeit without one of the previous heroes. The complex plot and Tim Pepper's excellent narration kept the excitement going until the end. What shall I do now they are finished? I hear Graham Hurley has come up with another scenario, so I look forward to seeing that on Audible's list.
"Frustrating - in a good way"
I didn't want to get this book because of what happened at the end of the last one in the series, but then I had to for the very same reason - if that makes sense!
The end was satisfying, but I also feel slightly cheated for some reason and I think that's due to the story line reflecting life rather than bad writing.
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