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Answers from the Grave Hardcover – 19 Aug 2004


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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: The Do-Not Press (19 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904316409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904316404
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,143,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THIS IS THE MASTERPIECE MARK TIMLIN'S BEEN WORKING TOWARDS ALL HIS CAREER. THEN: Once upon a time in south London, three young men without a future decide to invent their own. The Sixties are starting to swing and Jimmy, John and Billy want the clothes, the pills, the music and the women. Through drugs, protection and armed robbery, they get most of what they want. But then Billy changes sides and becomes a cop and his days are numbered. NOW: Billy's son Mark is marking time. His father's killer is getting out of prison any day and Mark is going to be there when the doors swing open. A tour de force from 'Britain's greatest living exponent of noir fiction' (The Times).

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rob Wells on 22 Sep 2004
Format: Paperback
'Answers From the Grave' switches in time from the early nineteen-sixties until the present day, and relates how one killing, with the emotional devastation it causes, resonates through decades; ultimately creating pain and tragedy for both those directly and indirectly involved. The author, Timlin, previously best known for his caustic and entertaining 'Sharman' detective series, the latter two of which sadly declined in credibility, has really upped his standard and scope. This novel encompass changing fashions in music, architecture, drink, family values, drugs, fashions and modes of villainy amongst others. It gives a depth and credibility to each major character, and the scarred main protagonist, at times alternatively psychotic, loyal and loving, is chillingly realistic. This is the second best book I have ever read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Fountain on 19 Oct 2004
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Leaving the pulp excesses of his Sharman novels behind him, Timlin returns with a mature crime novel that deserves to be a best seller.
Set in the present, but with continuous flashbacks to 1960's/1980's, this book follows the lives of a south London criminal gang and a sons need for revenge against his father's killer that ends up destroying all those involved. The themes of sadness and loss that permeate the best of the Sharman stories (which might surprise many who dismiss Timlin as merely a pulp writer) are allowed to take the forefront. Your sympathy for the characters is built up slowly (this is a very long book by Timlin's standards) and his drawing of South London is his best here and the violence, which could be over the top in some of Timlin's work, is handled realistically.
Great stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Fountain on 20 Oct 2004
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Leaving the pulp excesses of his Sharman novels behind him, Timlin returns with a mature crime novel that deserves to be a best seller.
Set in the present, but with continuous flashbacks to 1960's/1980's, this book follows the lives of a south London criminal gang and a sons need for revenge against his father's killer that ends up destroying all those involved. The themes of sadness and loss that permeate the best of the Sharman stories (which might surprise many who dismiss Timlin as merely a pulp writer) are allowed to take the forefront. Your sympathy for the characters is built up slowly (this is a very long book by Timlin's standards) and his drawing of South London is his best here and the violence, which could be over the top in some of Timlin's work, is handled realistically.
Great stuff.
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While I do not have to add to the previous reviews, other than this is another excellent book dealing also with the sixties (see my review of Anthony Frewin's London Blues), I would like to warn the readers that this in my opinion is the "master" work, while Guns Of Brixton sounds like its rewriting.

Enjoy.
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By Indred Cold on 29 April 2008
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I enjoyed this novel having grown up in the era and indeed the area's
mentioned in the book,I found myself reliving trends and themes from long ago a good book and a good read

4 stars as I did find it a bit too long
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