I stumbled upon this book purely by chance and I am very aware that it was a most favourable working of providence that helped me to find this most extraordinary work of prose. Only the Good really is a spectacular work of literature due to the author's matchless skill in storytelling and the fact that the story works on so many different levels. For example, a cursory read of this novel would cause you to be engrossed by this most gripping and thrilling murder mystery and you can, if you wish, leave it at that.
However, I would encourage you to read it several times over as the author uses several very clever, and very subtle, literary devices. This is because the author has not simply written a murder mystery but has also written a damning indictment, albeit allegorically, about the Labour Party. Whatever you feel about the author's political views, you cannot help but be moved by the protagonist's anger at the state of society. Other things to look out for are the author's criticism of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason and how he represents the plight of the Cornish Fishing Industry.
I really would encourage everyone to get hold of a copy of this moving, challenging and controversial book. This time comparisons with Dickens, Chaucer and Orwell really are justified.