Red Riding Nineteen Seventy Four (The Red Riding Quartet) Paperback – 12 Oct 2000
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?Breathless, extravagant, ultra-violent... Vinnie Jones should buy the film rights fast? Independent on Sunday
Peace has found his own voice ? full of dazzling, intense poetry and visceral violence (Uncut ?David Peace?s stunning debut has done for the county what Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy did for Los Angeles?This is a brilliant first novel written with tremendous pace and passion? Yorkshire Post ?One hell of a read? Crime Time)
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Christmas bombs and Lucky Lucan on the run, Leeds United and the Bay City Rollers, The Exorcist and It Ain't Half Hot Mum. Yorkshire, Christmas 1974.
Edward Dunford, North of England Crime Correspondent for the Evening Post, has been sent to cover the case of the missing girl Clare Kemplay. He's convinced that there's a connection with two other girls who've disappeared in the same area. When little Clare turns up dead in a ditch with swan's wings stitched to her back, Eddie's instincts prove right. But standing between him and the truth is a society riddled with corruption and brutality. Getting answers will mean a toss-up between his sanity and his life.
Winter 1974's looking like a real season in hell.
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1974 is the first book of the red riding quartet (1974,1977,1980,1983) and cannot truly be appreciated (good as it is) without finishing the quartet. While a liitle rougher, and not quite as tight as the following three books, 1974 has a raw urgency and ends(?) with a lot of unanswered questions. Questions that are answered, or rather confronted and dissected in the following three books. 1974 lights the fuse,and then the bombs start falling. Woe to the reader with a weak constitution. Once read, these books will NEVER be forgotten
The way the book is written is sometimes a bit confusing, but I like this aspect because there are times in real life where you are confused, and when you come to recount the story to someone else, things get crossed or blurred or forgotten, so jumps are necessary, if not inevitable. I like this aspect, because it feels like the protagonist is telling us the story as he remembers it.
Despite the dark nature of the book (and it is dark, but I have read darker), there are some funny bits which are only funny if you understand the culture of Yorkshire, which I do. I had a giggle at times: "Excuse me lads, do you know where this address is?" "You what now?" "This address - do you know where it is?" "Yeah - left, then right, then left" "thank you" "I should think so too"!!!
Overall, an excellent read and I do recommend it! I'll be buying the next few in the series! :)
Serpent's Tail consistently put out top class work, and this is no exception.
Bleak, dark, sickeningly violent, horribly believable, populated by characters who are for the most part doomed, it's never an easy ride. Finishing this book genuinely gave me the feeling of coming up for air, and ever since I have had the contradictory feelings of wishing I hadn't read it, but being glad I had. I will be reading other books in the quartet, but not too soon.
One detail; the book starts with a Vauxhall Viva having its hazard lights on.I doubt that in 1974 such a car would have such lights.
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