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Mr Love and Justice (London Trilogy Book 3) by [MacInnes, Colin]
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"Penetrating, riveting and convincing." - Evening Standard

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (30 July 2012)
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  • Language: English
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This is the third of Colin MacInnes' London novels, often referred to as the "London Trilogy" even though each novel is a self-contained story with no connection with, or characters in common with, the other two. Each deals with a separate aspect of London life during the late fifties and early sixties: "City of Spades" with the city's growing immigrant communities, "Absolute Beginners" with the growth of youth culture and "Mr Love and Justice" with the city's underworld.

The title derives from the two central characters. Frankie Love is an unemployed merchant seaman who, unable to find work, becomes a pimp living off the immoral earnings of his prostitute girlfriend. Edward Justice is a young policeman recently transferred from the uniformed branch to the Metropolitan Police's vice squad. The two, who just happen to be neighbours in the same block of flats in Maida Vale, become involved when Edward is assigned to investigate the case of a valuable snuff box which Frankie's girlfriend has, allegedly, stolen from a client.

There is an obvious irony in their names. Mr Love's occupation involves a travesty of love, or at least of sex. Given that the vice squad for which he works is portrayed here as being thoroughly corrupt, Mr Justice's occupation involves an equal travesty of justice. Yet neither character is completely unsympathetic. Mr Love, who believes in honour and fair play, retains a certain belief in justice, whereas Mr Justice has an idealistic belief in romantic love, being prepared to put his police career in jeopardy for the sake of his girlfriend, of whom his superiors strongly disapprove on account of her father's previous criminal convictions.

MacInnes' view of the police is a jaundiced one.
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Frankie Love out of work seaman has become a pimp out of the necessity of working; Detective-constable Justice has recently taken a promotion from uniform into the vice squad; Colin MacInnes has set them on a collision course that illustrates the dark underbelly of 1960's London.

In MacInnes' previous London novels right and wrong were easily defined so we knew whom we should be rooting for and whom we knew would be blighted by the writer's indignation. Here things are not so black and white but grey. Love is confused with lust whilst justice is in fact the law and its thin line is crossed by police and criminal alike.

In short we don't really know who should prosper but find that none of the stories cast do. However us, the voyeurs looking on, actually do, we receive a very tight narrative which is as relevant as it was some forty odd years ago.
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Very good book
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