Mr. Glamour Paperback – 24 Mar 2012
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"Richard Godwin knows how his characters dress, what they drink and what they drive. He knows how they live--and how they die. Here's hoping no one recognized themselves in Godwin's cold canvas. Combines the fun of a good story with the joy of witty, vivid writing." HEYWOOD GOULD, director, screenwriter, author; current novel The Serial Killer's Daughter "Smart, scary, suspenseful enough for me to keep the light on until 3AM on a Sunday night, Richard Godwin once more proves to fans of crime fiction the world over with Mr. Glamour, that he is not only one of the best contemporary writers of the procedural cop thriller around today, he is a master storyteller." VINCENT ZANDRI, author of Scream Catcher "Richard Godwin's top-of-the-line psychological police procedural driven by its heady pace, steely dialogue, and unsparing vision transfixes the reader from page one." ED LYNSKEY, author of Skin In The Game "This first rate detective thriller will have you gripped from the start. Richard Godwin is an author not to be missed." SHEILA QUIGLEY, author of Thorn In My Side "Mr Glamour is, in every sense of the word, the real McCoy: genuine hard-boiled detective fiction - Lean, gritty, and tough, it's a journey into the heart of darkness - you won't soon forget. Connoisseurs of Nouveau Noir will have to add Richard Godwin to the list of writers to watch!" C E LAWRENCE, author of Silent Kills "Involving and compellingly sinister, Richard Godwin's Mr. Glamour portrays cops and criminals, the mad and the driven in a novel of psychological noir." GARY PHILLIPS, author of Treacherous: Grifters, Ruffians and Killers "Mr. Glamour is a striking effort from one of the most daring crime writers in the business. It is the noirest of noir...and hellishly addictive." MIKE STAFFORD, BookGeeks Magazine "In the world of the uber rich it's all about image. Wearing the right clothes, driving the right car, dining at the right restaurants, being seen at the right hot spots and vacation locales. The fabulously wealthy know they are constantly being watched; that's the point. See and be seen, the more conspicuously the better. If only they knew he was watching them. Studying them. Photographing them. Obsessing over them. Mr. Glamour knows what matters to the jet set, understands their slavish dedication to brands and image. He understands because he wants it as well. When the bodies of London's jet set being turning up murdered and mutilated, Detective Chief Inspector Flare and his partner Inspector Steele find themselves investigating what evolves into an increasingly horrific string of murders. And though it seems obvious the killings are linked, Flare and Steele are met with a wall of silence from those closest to the victims, the very people who may be next on the killer's list. Mr. Glamour is a bold piece of writing, one which both challenges readers' perceptions as well as cements Godwin's status as a master of the dark and disturbing." ELIZABETH A. WHITE, Reviewer "A very compelling mystery. When the author decided the time was right for me, the reader, to finally understand the scope of the actual crimes and their meaning, I was pleased. But after that moment, there was still a good deal more to come in the last pages, bringing the reasons for the killings completely into the light, and answering all the questions I had about why the killer did what he did. This was very well written, and I have to say, one of the best paced books I have ever read." TARA FOX HALL, Good Book Alert
About the Author
Richard Godwin is the author of crime novel 'Apostle Rising', which has just sold foreign rights to the largest publisher in Hungary and has received excellent reviews world wide. He is a crime and horror writer as well as a produced playwright. He was born in London and obtained a BA and MA in English and American Literature from King's College London. He has travelled the world extensively and lectured and worked in property. He is a widely published author with 14 distinct works to his name. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, not least recently the Tarrantino-based series of sketches, 'Pulp Ink', and 'The Big Book Of Bizarro'. He is an author who is adept in many styles, as well as a skilled interviewer, and he publishes his interviews with other authors as Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse in the Blog section of his website at http://richardgodwin.net/. A full list of his works can also be found at his website.
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She has the eyes of a pit viper and the mouth of an angel.
She parts her lips slowly,
Holding you in her cold green camera shutter eyes
Whose irises are segmented like fine sections of fruit.
She runs a manicured hand across the hard surface
Of her Vivienne Westwood snakeskin bag.
Her flesh is soft,
It will split like a peach skin,
You know the fine spray that shoots out from the fruit
On a hot summer's day
As you run the paring knife along the contour
Of the carved peel,
All those fine hairs standing to attention,
And the others, their wounds cloaked in Versace,
They think they're playing the game.
Welcome to my world,
Only I know the rules.
These are the words of the killer. And that is chapter one.
Our heroes - if we can call them that - are Chief Inspector Jackson Flare and his partner, Inspector Mandy Steel. I say 'heroes' purely as they have the job of tracking down the killer, yet Godwin imbues Flame and Steel with such personal demons that, at times, they seem no better than the violent sadist they are attempting to catch. In some novels, there is a thin line between between the good and the bad - in MR GLAMOUR there is almost no line at all.
MR GLAMOUR unveils the world of a high fashion London set - ripping the veneer from the wealthy men and women whose main goal in life is to make the next financial killing or own the latest high status handbag. Even though the killings are graphic and they are sadistic, the victims are so odious, it is difficult, at times, to feel too much sympathy for them. When a writer of Godwin's quality writes, the reader is always challenged.
In MR GLAMOUR, the reader is challenged from the very first line.
As I said in the introduction, Richard Godwin is a writer that fears nothing. He writes - unashamed.
Never before have I read a book in which I, the reader, have been more uncomfortable, yet more compelled to read on. And that is due to the brilliance of Richard Godwin's writing. The horrifically seductive nature of Godwin's prose lures the reader into a world in which they become just as much a part of the killer's game as every other participant. We watch the killer at work, we turn the page, knowing what we are indulging in is beyond our better judgement, but we do it anyway.
The front cover of MR GLAMOUR depicts a frightened woman through a camera lense. For just shy of four hundred pages, it is the reader behind that camera, watching this London fashion set being torn apart by MR GLAMOUR . . . and we do nothing.
MR GLAMOUR is a book dripping with voyeurism and sadism - almost every character playing a part in such pursuits. No less, the reader himself.
Richard Godwin takes the reader on a journey into the reader's own darkest self. Stay with him, and the rewards are immense. A truly brilliant book.
If they knew Mr Glamour was watching them, however, they'd very likely stay at home.
Mr Glamour understands them: how they think, how they behave, what they value. And that makes him all the more dangerous as he stalks and destroys them.
As members of the jet set are picked off one by one, it falls to Chief Inspector Jackson Flare and his partner Inspector Mandy Steele to investigate the series of horrific killings. Flare and Steele face a wall of silence from the friends of the dead, people who are likely to become victims themselves. Meanwhile the killer plays his games, taunting the police, terrifying the wealthy, stirring deep, dark secrets that have long lain hidden and now threaten to overwhelm all concerned.
Mr Glamour is a cleverly plotted, sharply observed, vividly presented psychological police procedural with a powerful ending that I didn't see coming. It had me hooked from the start and kept me turning pages long into the night. It cements Richard Godwin's reputation as a master of the dark and disturbing, yet beautifully written, crime/horror hybrid novel. Unreservedly recommended.
I made the mistake of thinking because I read a short story by Mr Godwin, which I liked, that the books would be good, and I bought two. The books are, IMO, bad. My review of Apostle Rising showed how bad I thought the book was, this is worse. The mistakes! Does Mr Godwin really think there are Channel sunglasses, I wonder ... and does he realise that the point where legs meet the torso is a CROTCH not a CRUTCH? By using the wrong word, one bedroom scene falls apart into farce, 'he grabbed her crutch.' and so she falls over, I presume...
There are many more stupid mistakes, mis spelled words, inane dialogue, and again an overload of bodies. Far more than any normal sensible crime thriller needs.
And onward with the ever present bad typesetting. And, the constant use of designer names, 95% of which I have never heard of, interrupts the flow of the story to a ridiculous degree.
Elmore Leonard, in his 10 hints on writing, says 'never say he said or she said.' Mr Godwin's publishers insist ALL crime novels have the proponents' dialogue tagged with he said and she said, regardless of ? closing the sentence. Who is right, I wonder?
I have not finished this book, nor do I intend to. It is back on Amazon if anyone wants to buy a part read copy. Smoke and pet free environment.
The ending spirals out of control and get's quite silly ... twins ... really ?? But having said all that it's a 'different' read and furiously paced ... one that will have you up all night racing towards the finish.