This review is from: Red Riding Nineteen Eighty Three (The Red Riding Quartet) (Paperback)
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 all the events together, characters return and it's all brought to a bloody final end.
Told in short bursts of narrative there are no hero's here, only villains. Peace writes in a similar vein to James Ellroy and that comparison with his LA Quartet may have been made many times but it's a very good one. Both have breathless prose, just reading this can leave you giddy with its short form narrative, placing you in the protagonist's roles. There is a lot of violence here and there are no punches pulled. You can't skim read this book as it demands your attention as reading it closely gives you all the detail and brilliant brutality.
With a style that rattles off the page like a machine gun and foul language this won't be everyone's taste. But it's a truly riveting read that delivers what the other three books have built towards. Characters like the Owl, BJ and others come swimming back and the old covered ground gets uncovered and the truth finally told. You will be left reeling not just from the scope and style but the sheer brilliance of how it all comes together. Don't skip ahead, read all four in quick succession to get the best impact. But do read, its been a long time since we had a British tale so brutal, atmospheric and well told.