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The Riot [Paperback]

Laura Wilson
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6 Feb 2014

1958: Notting Hill is sweltering in a heatwave. It's DI Stratton's new manor and a powder keg of racial tension. A rent collector is stabbed and a series of street fights between teddy boys and Caribbean immigrants sparks further unrest.

Young runaway Irene, on the verge of prostitution, finds her loyalties lie on both sides of the fight. A race riot breaks out - the worst Britain has ever seen.

Stratton must tread a path through the violence and prejudice to find the killer and save Irene before Notting Hill explodes.


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (6 Feb 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1782063080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782063087
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A crime narrative of great authority ... extremely evocative' Financial Times.

'The tang of Wilson's period detail pops off the page ... a richly imagined, compassionate story' Metro.

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August 1958. London is hot and tired, and nowhere more so that Notting Hill, where DI Stratton has just been posted. Stratton's new manor is dirt poor and rife with racial tension. The post war years saw a flood of Caribbean migrants. Now, a decade later, working-class Teddy Boys are showing mounting hostility towards their black neighbours. Notorious landlord Danny Perlmann, a Polish refugee, is taking full advantage of others' reluctance to rent to the immigrants - or to prostitutes - and is making a fortune from the high rents he charges. Caught in the middle of this turf war is Irene, a young runaway on the verge of going on the game. When Perlmann's rent collector is murdered, Stratton is called to investigate. Notting Hill is a cauldron, soon to be the scene of the worst racial violence England has ever known, and Stratton is right at the heart of it.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 29 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After a brilliant start with Stratton's War the following books have proved to be increasingly disappointing. This one should have been excellent given the subject but I found it slow and repetitive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it 27 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover
Yes definitely worth a read. Even better if, like me, you've followed the series from the beginning. Usually history gives us the perspective from the rich and this is the opposite. Gives a very practical and sad insight into the tensions over jobs and housing when immigration got into the swing of things after the war.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong run continues 27 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Author clearly feels comfortable with her central character who does drift into politically correctness at times, but then a difficult subject to write about sensitively. Interesting snapshot of a period and slightly over-complicated but entertaining plot.
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