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Red Riding Nineteen Eighty (Red Riding Quartet Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

David Peace
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Nineteen Eighty is set against an evolving backdrop of power, corruption and lies. The nightmare continues during the winter of 1980 when the Ripper murders his thirteenth victim and the whole of Yorkshire is terrorised. Assistant Chief Constable Hunter struggles to solve the hellish crimes and bring an end to the horror, but is drawn ever deeper into a world of bent coppers and sleaze. After his house is burned down, his wife is threatened and his colleagues turn against him, Hunter's quest becomes personal as he has nothing left to lose.

Nineteen Eighty is a compelling battle between two desperate men, each determined to destroy the other. This third volume of the Red Riding Quartet displays Peace's unique voice which places him as one of the UK's finest crime writers.

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A bleak portrait of those times, written in a stylised prose that takes a few pages to attune to but which admirably suits the subject matter. It's black and moving. (The Observer)

Peace has found his own voice - full of dazzling, intense poetry and visceral violence (Uncut)

His best yet, a top-drawer thriller which grabs the reader by the scruff of the neck and doesn't let go until the last page...His writing these days stands in comparison with American masters like Raymond Chandler, James Ellroy and Walter Mosley... Another winner from David Peace, whose name on the cover is these days a guarantee of excellence, a must-read thriller of originality and style that confirms him to be one of the best crime writers anywhere. (Yorkshire Post)

He has found his own, equally experimental, approach and it further enhances the oppressively sombre tone... an impressive addition to the noir genre. (Metro)

Read a book by David Peace. If you want to know what Leeds was like in the 70s and early 80s then David Peace is the authority. (Leeds Guide)

The pace is relentless, the violence gut-wrenching, the style staccato-plus and the morality bleak and forlorn, but Peace' s voice is powerful and unique. This is compelling stuff that will leave no one indifferent. (Guardian)

David Peace is British crime fiction's most exciting new voice in decades. (GQ)


'Set in a world in which black comes in many shades, this powerful, stark and strangely poetic series is turning into a considerable achievement' Guardian.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 751 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041G68KA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Peace - named in 2003 as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists - was born and brought up in Yorkshire. He is the author of the Red Riding Quartet (Nineteen Seventy Four, Nineteen Seventy Seven, Nineteen Eighty and Nineteen Eighty Three) which was adapted into an acclaimed three part Channel 4 series, GB84, which was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Award, and The Damned Utd, the film version of which (adapted by Peter Morgan and starring Michael Sheen) was released in Spring 2009. Tokyo Year Zero and Occupied City are the first two books in his Tokyo Trilogy.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet from Master Peace! 15 Oct. 2001
Peace's Red Riding Quartet is rapidly turning from The British Crime Series into the best British Quartet ever, regardless of genre. I have never read anything quite like it. Each book is different from the last and they just get better and better. Nineteen Seventy Four was full on,in yer face Ultra Noir, Seventy Seven was like Dickens imagining Ellroy in an opium dream. And Eighty, well you just want to read the first so-called Transmission. From the British Ellroy to the New Dante in two books. This man is our best writer, period. Read him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nineteen Eighty 7 Aug. 2012
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If you are thinking of reading this novel, the chances are you have already read the first two novels in the Red Riding Quartet: Red Riding Nineteen Seventy Four (Red Riding Quartet) and Red Riding Nineteen Seventy Seven: Red Riding Quartet. They do have many interweaving characters and this book will make little sense if you have not read those before, but if you have then rest assured that this is every bit as dark and atmospheric as the earlier books.

The third in the quartet has Assistant Chief Constable Peter Hunter asked to head a taskforce to look into the Ripper investigation. It is, as the football fans ironically cheer at games, "Ripper 13, police 0" and Hunter handpicks his team with care. George Oldham, meanwhile, has no idea he is to be replaced in a case which has become intensely personal for him and, it is fair to say, that Peter Hunter's contibution is not welcomed by the local force.

Peter Hunter is a man who already has a personal interest in the case and whose garden shed is covered with photo's of the Ripper's victims. As his wife suffers miscarriage after miscarriage and the terrible loss of being childless weighs on her, the author cleverly conveys the way the desire for a child can take over your life. Hunter himself feels he has made himself a bargain - if he stops the Ripper, they will have a child. Meanwhile, this is set in December 1980 - the news is dominated by the murder of John Lennon, of terrorist hostages and Thatcher. Driving back and forth between Leeds and Bradford, Hunter drives over the moors, imagining the victims of the Moors Murders.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Red Riding Quartet so far. 21 Mar. 2010
By Mingo Bingo VINE VOICE
David Peace has carved himself a niche in contemporary English fiction, by taking real events and turning them into intensely personal and disturbing narratives. In the process he has proved himself to be a stylish and highly distinctive writer. True, his work can be an acquired taste and at times veers into the obscure, but there aren't many writers at work today who have such a personally developed voice.

1980 is the third part of his acclaimed Red Riding Quartet, set in the north of England between 1974 and 1983. Like the books before it, 1980 is set in a world of corruption and violence, and like the previous two installments features a protagonist struggling with the horror of the reality before him whilst battling his own personal demons.

Peter Hunter is an Assistant Chief Constable in Manchester, sent over to Leeds to ostensibly help in the search for the Yorkshire Ripper, but also to critically study the investigations that have gone before.

As in all of the quartet a familiar cast of characters weave in and out of the plot, Bob Craven, The Dawson family, Maurice Jobson, Jack Whitehead, and their actions in the first two books have repercussions here.

Anyone who has read 1974 and 1977 will recognise the frenetic pace, the intensity of the internal monologue and the visceral, violent subject matter. This, more than the others can stand alone as a piece of fiction. Although it would help to have an understanding of the whole set you could pick this novel up and appreciate it as a singular novel.

To me though, this is the most accomplished out of 1974, 1977 and 1980. Peace seems more in control of his style and story than in the previous books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps not every copper in the force is bent? 16 Sept. 2009
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The third in Peace's series of dark and dirty police thrillers, set in West Yorkshire and definitely the best so far. Covering the year in which the Yorkshire Ripper was at last apprehended, the novel adheres very closely to the facts of the case, going back in great detail over all of the Ripper's killings. Peace changes the names of the victims, some of the locations (but not all) and the identities of people most involved in the case. George Oldfield, becomes George Oldman, Peter Sutcliffe becomes Peter Williams. Oldfield's fixation on the Ripper tape and a man with a Geordie accent is covered, as are the details of many of Sutcliffe's crimes, his modus operandi and his background as a lorry driver.

There is an over-reliance, as in the other books in this series, on a kind of lyrical frenzy for effect, but this time it seems at least partly justified. As anyone who lived through the "Ripper years" could testify, the shock and disbelief as the killings mounted leant a kind of hyper-reality to the fall of night, especially towards the end of the series of murders, when Sutcliffe was as likely to murder a woman nipping to the shops as a prostitute plying her trade.

There is less gratuitous obscenity in this third book, perhaps because the reality of these obscene crimes renders it redundant. The main protagonist is another copper - and the background of corruption and cynicism is ever-present, but this time it seems muted. Perhaps not every copper in the force is bent?

The Ripper denied doing some of the murders the police had him down for, and in this novel Peace pins them on a corrupt copper. Suicides are abundant, cover-ups just par for the course. It is a dark, disturbing vision of the business of being a detective in the English police force. Having read this book, one could be forgiven for eyeing every policeman with dread and suspicion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
David Peace has such a distinct writing style, and quite an imagination.
Published 5 months ago by Centumvir
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As good as it gets. Bleak, grim ,compelling.
Published 10 months ago by David Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
not for the faint hearted, need to read quartet in order but really together a masterpiece
a must read
Published 10 months ago by kindleaddict
1.0 out of 5 stars Red Riding 1980
No thanks - dull, boring and full of expletives. Biggest mistake of my Kindle buying so far, and I wish I hadn't wasted the money.
Published 11 months ago by R. Benson
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed.
The cover shown in the photo is not the cover I received which is very disappointing because It does not match the other versions.
Published 15 months ago by iamscreech
4.0 out of 5 stars Terse edgy thriller not for fainthearts
This book mixes fact and fiction and follows the fortunes of a policeman in the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, a maniac who killed at least 13 women in the north of England between... Read more
Published on 7 Sept. 2011 by John Fitzpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Glued
My wife was glued to these books and her initial bewilderment was relieved by book 4 which explains the previous 3.
Horribly true to its times, a very good read indeed.
Published on 14 April 2011 by Captain Nemo
1.0 out of 5 stars CtrlC, CtrlV
Truman Capote dismissed the work of Jack Kerouac with the phrase "That isn't writing; it's typing".

David Peace has taken this to the next phase - This isn't writing;... Read more
Published on 11 Mar. 2011 by JPGruntfuttock
1.0 out of 5 stars As bad decisions go......
I watched the TV adaptation of these books and thoroughly enjoyed them (especially Sean Bean, and I normally avoid anything with him in it) so based on this, and the premise that a... Read more
Published on 17 Jan. 2011 by Amazon Customer
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Peter Hunter is the man called in from Greater Manchester Police to clean up the mess that is the West Yorkshire Police Force. Read more
Published on 22 April 2010 by bloo_toon_red
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