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4 Mar 2004 Five Star
David Peace concludes his Red Riding Quartet and once again the Ripper is the backdrop for a roller-coaster of fear and corruption. Nineteen Eighty Three's three intertwining storylines see the Quartet's central themes of corruption and the perversion of justice come to a head as BJ, the rent boy from Nineteen Seventy Four, the lawyer Big John Piggott ? who's as near as you get to a hero in Peace's world ? and Maurice Jobson, the senior cop whose career of corruption and brutality has set all this in motion, find themselves on a collision course that can only end in a terrible vengeance. Nineteen Eighty Three is an epic tale which concludes an extraordinary body of work confirming Peace as the most innovative and remarkable new British crime writer to have emerged for years.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail; New edition edition (4 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852427701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852427702
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,077,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Quite simply, this is the future of British crime fiction. (Time Out)

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David Peace concludes his Red Riding Quartet and once again the Ripper is the

backdrop for a roller-coaster of fear and corruption.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart of darkness 7 July 2004
FOr anyone with even a passing interest in crime fiction, David Peace's Red Riding quartet is essential reading. Set in Yorkshire throughout the seventies and eighties, Peace balances the case of the Yorkshire Ripper with the theme of police corruption. Not cheerful stuff then, but fantastically crafted and well observed.
All four books are violent and disturbing outings. Peace's characters are cruel, selfish and self-loathing creations that stay with the reader long after the book is finished.
1983 is the final part of the quartet and should only be read after completing the first three. This isn't the type of series you can miss bits out of.
As usual the plot is tense and draws the reader in. The kind of book that takes one long sitting, it is very hard to put down. Indeed, due to the breakneck pace of Peace's startling prose, it is often impossible to withdraw from the narrative at all.
This novel is the strongest of the four, utillising a tight yet intricate structure, thrusting the reader back and forth across the decades revealing startling truths about the characters, many of whom are familiar from earlier in the series.
Indeed, many of the images used here are also familiar from earlier giving the reader a sense of a claustrophobic communal nightmare.
If you've never read any David Peace, I suggest starting with the superb 1974 and working your way through. If you've already read the first three books, you need to read this. But then you know that already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nineteen Eighty Three 23 Oct 2012
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This is the finale in the Red Riding Quartet and none of the books are stand alone stories, so, before you think of reading this, you must first read the three preceeding novels: Red Riding Nineteen Seventy Four (Red Riding Quartet), Red Riding Nineteen Seventy Seven: Red Riding Quartet and Red Riding Nineteen Eighty: Red Riding Quartet. If you have already read those novels, then this is the dark, violent dreamscape that makes up the final novel and you will already know the themes and characters that populate the pages.

It is Friday, May 13th 1983, and we are back at Millgarth Police Station in Leeds. The Owl - Detective Chief Superintendent Maurice Jobson, is calling a police conference. Ten year old Hazel Atkins disappeared on the way home from school. Another press conference and another missing girl, joining Jeanette Garland, Susan Ridyard and Clare Kemplay. Michael Myshkin is in prison for the murder of at least one of those girls, but now his mother wishes to appeal and she asks John Piggott, a local solicitor to look into the case. As before, this novel uses the point of view of particular characters - in this book Piggott, Jobson and BJ, a rent boy we have met before and whose storyline weaves throughout the quartet from the first to last book.

These books are dark and bleak in the extreme, with themes of murder, violence, abuse and corruption.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning conclusion to the Quartet 27 Dec 2002
When a figure dominates a genre as James Ellroy does modern crime fiction, then it is inevitable that blurb writers suggest unnatural comparisons between authors and the master. Many have suffered. Ian Rankin is Scotland's Ellroy; and David Peace is Yorkshire's. While some writers suffer from the comparison, Peace does not.
His series of novels set in and around Leeds at the time of the Yorkshire Ripper murders is in my view the finest modern British series in crime fiction. Dark, desperate, highly stylised, moving, they engage with modern Britain - drawing on a number of topical themes: abuse; corruption; conspiracy.
This the final novel in the quartet revisits many of the threads initiated in 1974, but are presented in such a way that knowledge of the previous novels is not necessary.
The three principals here: BJ, a rent boy, Piggot, a corrupt solicitor, and Jobson, a corrupt policeman, are set in three different interlinking narratives. In demonstrating how his style has developed since his earlier work, here various devices are used effortlessly. Piggot's chapters are written in the second person, BJ refers to himself continually in the third person. The device differentiates the narrative threads, but also serves to demonstrate the distancing each character has from their story.
The characters are all too human, complex people with complex motivations. Violence is presented explictly, the consequences of actions explored (throughout the whole of the twenty five year span covered by the novel).
The subject matter - violent child murders and abuse - may be too much for some. The writing style may be too much for others. BUt make no mistake, David Peace is the most exciting and most important thing that has happened to crime fiction in the UK in a very long time.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting conclusion to a stunning series 1 Dec 2002
The "Red Riding" quartet shudders to a shocking climax in this raw,disturbing novel. Peace's style becomes more staccato with every volume;paragraphs become sentences; sentences become words; words become curses,and the physical and mental degradation and damage his protagonists gothrough becomes ever more disturbing. In David Peace's books, there'svery little difference between cops and victims, lawyers and criminals -everyone lives in a world of fear, pain, terror. Anyone can die at anymoment - or worse, they can remain alive to deal with the physical andmental scars.Nineteen Eighty-Three is again dominated by the corrupt, horrificpsychological landscape of West Yorkshire, the hearts of its people asbleak and empty as the moors above the hellish towns. This time we'vealso got the backdrop of an ever-more evil government, an ever-morecorrupt system - in the clash between bent cop Jobson and bent lawyerPigott that forms the backbone of this story and closes the series it'shard to tell which man is more damaged, more amoral. Peace's universe iscomplex and frightening.Is Leeds the hero or villain of this series? Who knows. Peace's Leeds isevery bit as grimly delineated as Chandler's or Ellroy's LA, Rankin'sEdinburgh, or Hiaasen's Florida.Not an easy read, but a compelling and thrilling one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Very good book - could never put it down.
Published 18 days ago by miranda junor
5.0 out of 5 stars 1983-seriously scary
Fantastic and disturbing. Unlike a lot of crime stories it does not sanitise the horror and sickening nature of the violence it portrays.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed.
The cover in the photo does not match the cover I received which is disappointing because it does not match the set.
Published 7 months ago by iamscreech
5.0 out of 5 stars not to everyone's taste but incredible IMHO
Loved the way the strands of the first three books were brought together in this incredible finale. Peace must surely be the most original voice in crime fiction for many a long... Read more
Published 7 months ago by MrReview
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Fantastic last book of the Red Riding set.
Every one of them are brilliantly written.
Much more detailed than the equally great drama
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal
1983 is the final book in David Peace's Red Riding Quartet. Telling the story of corruption in and around the Yorkshire Police over the period between 1974 and 1983 this brings... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Syriat
4.0 out of 5 stars I feel so much better having completed the series.
I actually feel less depressed!

The four books need time and patience to get through..... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mark Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Stuff
If you have read any of the other books in this series then this one won't disappoint. Peace has a gripping way of telling a story.
Published on 6 Mar 2011 by jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible final piece of the jigsaw
In this, the final piece of Peace's Red Riding hood quartet, we get as much closure as we could expect to have from this stunning, oblique, challenging and confusing series. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2011 by Mingo Bingo
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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