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Falling More Slowly: Introducing Detective Inspector Liam McLusky Hardcover – January 18, 2011

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The first pages of this procedural are fall-about funny as Detective Inspector Liam McLusky, convinced he’s right whether he is or not, blunders into his new post at Bristol. He wrecks a squad car while settling a domestic dispute, then jiggers the report to say he was protecting the poor wife. He smokes and drinks too much, is impatient with coworkers, makes a hash of his love life. Then a bomb detonates in a park, and McLusky has a murderous loon to track. A gang of cycle-riding muggers savages pedestrians. McLusky’s mood darkens, and so does the novel. Helton’s rich, tactile prose conveys the taste of tobacco and Guinness and the look of dying sunlight, but it moves at a pace some may find ponderous. The novel’s pleasures are offbeat characters, sly gags, and polished wordplay, not the pulse and tension that drive so much crime fiction. For patient readers who like the all-enveloping languor of character-driven fiction, Helton is an author to be watched. --Don Crinklaw


“Helton, who has written three novels in another series, specializes in the police procedural, and Falling More Slowly is a testament to his love of the form. It's gritty and realistic, and although an arrest is made, the conclusion—like life—is messy and tentative.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Engaging.”—San Diego Union-Tribune

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Constable (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569478805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569478806
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,448,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donna Johnson on February 10, 2011
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Newly arrived to the Albany Road Station, DI Liam McLusky is a study in contradictions. A team player he is not, but he is completely dedicated to solving the bombing cases given to him. In the course of investigating his first case, he is inadvertently involved in other cases which he resolves without regard to the collateral damage. DI McLusky's means and methods are unorthodox, sometimes breaking department rules. This is a man who believes that the end justify the means. Too bad his Super doesn't see it that way!

McLusky enjoys the company of women, yet he does not have a steady girlfriend. One of the funniest scenes in the book results from "too much of a good thing". The description of his apartment is hilariously funny, reminding one of a college kid's dorm room, yet he's aware of all that it's lacking. He just doesn't have the time or inclination to get around to taking care of it.

Being new to the Albany Road Station, DI McLusky is resented and ostracised. His one friend on the force seems to be his partner, DS James "Jane" Austin. Hopefully, there will be a follow up to this book and McLusky will melt the icy wall built against him.

This is a police procedural, yet the author never forgets to entertain us. Our protagonist is full of human faults. He is probably spoiled and self centered, but there is no doubt but that he focused and committed to solving the cases given to him. There are a few incidents of graphic violence, but these are offset by scenes that had this reviewer laughing out loud. Leaving the keys in his police car hoping it would be stolen was one of the funniest things we've read in a long time!

For someone who enjoys British mysteries not too violent and not too cozy, this book strikes a perfect balance and is highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Librarian VINE VOICE on June 30, 2011
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Fans of the British mystery can celebrate a new inspector on the block with "Falling More Slowly," the first title in a new series from Peter Helton starring Detective Inspector Liam McLusky, newly transferred to Bristol CID after his recovery from near-fatal injuries suffered on the job at his previous post in Southampton. As McLusky himself notes, "New city, new job, new pack of ciggies, extra mild. New first-floor flat, rented." He's ready to start over in his new "patch," where his reputation as "Unpredictable" and "a bad team player" has preceded him.

McLusky, however, is barely inside Bristol's Albany Road station for a nine o'clock meeting with his new superintendent when, instead, he tears off with Detective Sergeant "Jane" Austin to answer a domestic disturbance call. On the scene there he manages to destroy the new car he's just been issued. DS Austin, however, manages to commandeer a ride for them back to the station. But, as they try to navigate a long shortcut around Bristol's traffic, they hear an explosion and see smoke rising from Brandon Hill. A bomb has just exploded under a park bench. McLusky and his team arrive on the scene, followed shortly by Superintendent Denkhaus, who makes it very clear to his new DI just who is in charge. He then assigns the bombing case to McLusky, who must now prove he's worth his title as the bomber escalates his activity and endangers more people.

"Falling More Slowly" displays all the credentials needed for a new police procedural series: fully drawn, complex characters; interesting plot; and a realistic setting. McClusky will be especially appealing to fans of author Graham Hurley's DI Joe Farraday; or to fans of DI Jack Frost, a character created by author R. D. Winger and made popular by the British television series, "A Touch of Frost." The next title in the series, "Four Below," is due out in January 2012.
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FALLING MORE SLOWLY is the first book in this new series by Peter Helton. Detective Inspector Liam McLusky is beginning his new assignment in a new place after recovering from injuries sustained when a suspect knocked him down and ran over him. His reputation precedes him - arrogant, loner, thinks he knows more than anyone. McLusky wouldn't argue with the description.

When he arrives at Albany Street Station, he meets his sergeant, James, "Jane", Austin and his shown into his office, the first he has ever had. When the phone rings, he answers quickly, perhaps too quickly. The constable on the other end is reporting a domestic situation, the call all police officers dread the most. More police officers have been attacked at a domestic than on any other call. One partner is fighting with the other partner. Things escalate. One calls the police. When the police arrive, they try to restore some calm to the atmosphere. Both partners resent the intrusion of the police and, together, turn on the people they had brought into the brawl.

McLusky and Austin arrive to find some injured constables and four destroyed cars, including two squad cars. The husband is driving his construction digger around his home, determined to destroy anything that gets in his way. He is determined to knock down his house, with his wife in it. Their marriage is ending. They have been living in his home but she wants it as part of the divorce settlement. He'd rather knock it down that give in, an example of why the police hate domestics. McLusky determines that the only way he can get to Mr. Spranger is by using the department car to distract him. The department is now down three cars. "Spranger got out and stood for a while staring at it all, trying to take it in.
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