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An excellent reworking of the year Britain went 'BOOM',
This review is from: A Little White Death (Mass Market Paperback)
The Irish novelist Brian Moore asserted that the moment of crisis is the moment of epiphany that is most fruitful to novelists (a poorly remembered quote, I admit - Moore doubtless put it more elegantly).
Here Lawton locates Britain's moment of crisis in 1963. Accurately, I think. He does it using a hugely attractive character as his protagonist. A policeman of impeccable tastes - although he seems as 'involved' in his work as many of James Ellroy's cops - Troy is a symbol of the new age: Detatched from class and conviction.
So, you get great social commentary, a very alluring millieu, and a good thriller as well.
I must admit, I'm a bit fascinated by the early '60s - but this book is even better than 'The Long Firm' - set in a similar age
So, read it!