It is difficult to believe that Graham Hurley could write a better novel than The Take, but he's done it. Angels Passing is a brilliantly layered and nuanced story. Tough, gritty and unsparing, it is a hardboiled detective novel with a particular edge.
Margaret Cannon, Toronto Globe and Mail.
Angels Passing is the latest in Graham Hurley's richly detailed series of police procedurals set in the nasty English inner city of Portsmouth. It's intricacy works and makes for absorbing reading.
Jack Batten, Toronto Star.
Graham Hurley's Angels Passing is the third entry in this impressive series and presents an even bleaker view of Portsmouth than its predecessors - this is an inner city Britain in which children live almost as feral animals and in which the failed policies of prohibition leave the police and social services able to do little more than tinker at the margins of a society which seems to be rushing to its doom. With the grimness of its concerns and the liveliness of its writing, Hurley is in some ways a South Coast answer to Ian Rankin - before long, I suspect, he'll be just as famous."
Mat Coward, London Morning Star.
Angels Passing is a realistic depiction of modern police work with no glamorous high-profile cases to attract the national press, just vicious criminals fighting each other and the police, and an underworld inhabited by drug-addicted teenagers. It's strong stuff and makes gripping, and at times grim reading.
Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph.
Angels Passing is one of the best British crime novels that I have read in the past few years and Faraday looks like being an enduring character, more human than Rebus and also more interesting because we see less of him than the other members of the team. Portsmouth seems an unusual town in which to set a detective saga but the isolated nature of the town gives the novel a taut and claustrophobic feel that merely adds to the tension. An excellent police procedural.
An ambitious police procedural epic set in the author’s home town of Portsmouth, this could well be the book that drags Graham Hurley into the rarefied atmosphere of crime bestsellerdom in the wake of Ian Rankin and Val McDermid. The third in the DI Joe Faraday series spans a momentous week in the life of the local major crimes squad, following the fall of a 14 year-old girl from the top of a tower block and the discovery of a shadowy figure captured on CCTV. The often sordid life of a large British city is caught with pinpoint accuracy, together with a host of realistic characters on both sides of the law. The picture of a society in freefall, littered with wrecked families, drugs and corruption, feels painfully true to life, and the conflicts facing the investigating policemen betray true emotion and pathos. Hurley was previously a TV documentary maker and his touch stays assured and analytical throughout. A splendid achievement.
Maxim Jakubowski, The Guardian
With Angels Passing, his third novel in the Joe Faraday series, Graham Hurley has taken another step forward and merits comparison with some of the best writers in this branch of the genre. Like John Harvey’s Resnick, Faraday dominates the narrative, and it is the lonely insecurity of the man, together with his essential morality, which act as the anchor for the series. The portrait of Portsmouth, its underworld, and its youth becomes all the more stark when set against the ineffective pretence of the police, and their own internal politics. The crimes, as such, get solved, but it is the realisation of Portsmouth’s mean streets which make this series so good. And as for Hurley – he seems to be getting more ambitious with each successive book.
Michael Carlson, Crime Time
Les Anges Brises de Somerstown (Angels Passing) est un polar que l’on ne peut lacher du debut a la fin…. (Angels Passing is a cop thriller you can’t put down from start to finish…)