BEYOND REACH. Graham Hurley/ Orion £12.99.
A VICIOUS hooligan is killed by a hit and run driver late one night.
Good riddance, may be the sentiment among Portsmouth police, but they still have to investigate, especially as the victim was prime suspect in the murder of a 15-year-old boy.
This 10th Faraday and Winter novel, is an excellent police procedural that links the overlapping spider's webs of several cases together. It also uses an existing and extensive list of back characters, much in the way that Ed McBain did with his 87th Precinct novels.
Faraday is the hard working senior detective with a crisis of conscience, Winter his ex DC who now works for arch-criminal Bazza McKenzie, and the whole mix includes kidnap, subterfuge and a cold case that is suddenly revived with devastating effect. A complex, slow paced detective novel with a host of strong characters.