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From the very first page of David Peace's first novel, 1974, it soon becomes clear that something is rotten in the state of Yorkshire: a young girl is missing.
The Yorkshire Post's young but disillusioned crime correspondent, Edward Dunford, is assigned to the story, while juggling the recent death of his father and the return to his native Yorkshire after a brief, unsuccessful stint in Fleet Street. For the jaded Dunford, it's just another story; the only intrigue is whether or not the girl will be found dead or alive before Christmas. That is, until the girl is discovered brutally murdered, face down in a ditch with a pair of swan's wings sewn into her back.
As Dunford follows the case, he begins to make a series of terrifying connections with a string of child murders, plunging him into a gut-wrenching nightmare of corruption, violence, sadism, blackmail and sexual obsession--from the upper echelons of local government to the tacky heart of Yorkshire darkness.
As Peace's tale of corruption and conspiracy unravels, it becomes clear that 1974 is as influenced by Orwell's own bleak vision of Britain in 1984 as it is by the wonderfully evoked atmosphere of the mid- 70s. The Bay City Rollers, Leeds United, It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Vauxhall Viva's all make an appearance. The novel works at several levels, from the brilliantly unsentimental homecoming of the gifted, alienated northern son, to a terrifyingly accurate portrayal of an insular, tribal community. The plot is complex and frenetic and Peace often leaves strands untied, especially as he builds to an extremely powerful climax. Yet the dialogue is fast, witty and violent; a must read for fans of Yorkshire Gothic. -- Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
?Breathless, extravagant, ultra-violent... Vinnie Jones should buy the film rights fast? Independent on Sunday
Peace has found his own voice ? full of dazzling, intense poetry and visceral violence (Uncut ?David Peace?s stunning debut has done for the county what Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy did for Los Angeles?This is a brilliant first novel written with tremendous pace and passion? Yorkshire Post ?One hell of a read? Crime Time)
It is actually called How to Preach the Alpha Course by Nick Gumby. A piece of poisonous fundamentalist christian god-botherer propaganda. Is there an agenda here?Published 6 days ago by kd
It reads like the script for an episode of "The Sweeney" and is uncomfortably realistic but after 10 tedious pages I lost the will and it is now in the Oxfam shop.Published 10 days ago by Mr. N. Murphy
I enjoyed the first half of the book but by the end I found that there was perhaps too much violence to the point that by the end of the book I'd become somewhat de-sensitized by... Read morePublished 8 months ago by ben mears
I have long wanted to read this series of books and started with 1974 a few months ago. Little did I know that it would be so grim, so gritty, so grimy that I wouldn't be able to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by salemskye.com
Too many F...... words for my liking. I dont mind occcasional ones, but not four or five in every sentence. The story would have been OK without them!. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Taji-ann
I don't know if this book is good or not my friend nicked the trilogy from me. He loved it. I think it's more of a man's book anyway.Published 9 months ago by SARAH
A great read. Very gritty, sometimes brutal, and very in your face. There essence of the North is captured extremely well, and the references to every day life in the 1970s... Read morePublished 9 months ago by CRAIG MCEWAN
I couldn't bring myself to award this book any stars at all - but I couldn't upload this review without some star rating. Read morePublished 9 months ago by PeterT