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Secondhand Daylight Hardcover – 15 Mar 2012

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Corsair (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780332173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780332178
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,291,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Soho in the 1930's has never been more alluring, or seamy, than in this period mystery. (Henry Sutton Daily Mirror)

'you'll be able to gobble it up with a big grin on your face.' (The Daily Telegraph)

Praise for At the Chime of a City Clock: Steeped in historical detail, the novel evokes the sleazy side of the Thirties so vividly that you can almost feel the grease and grime on your fingers. (Anthony Gardner, Mail on Sunday)

Praise for City Clock: Engaging, cheerful, opportunist James Ross. You won't forget him or the London he frequents for a long time after closing the book. (Susan Hill, Literary Review)

Praise for City Clock: A watchable, atmospheric black-and-white film in novel form. (Sunday Express)

Praise for City Clock: Written with a splendid and captivating assurance. (The Scotsman)

Praise for City Clock: Finely drawn ... Artful ... Masterly. (John Sutherland)

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The sequel to the critically acclaimed At The Chime of a City Clock.

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I bought this hot on the heels of having read its predecessor, At The Chime Of A City Clock. Secondhand Daylight is very much in the same vein as At The Chime Of A City Clock, indeed it even features another co-respondent episode. Our hero James Ross is still picking at the fleas of London's underbelly, and his observations about London society are what gives the book its appeal. The plot is not really a feature, and although the book is billed as a "mystery", the reveal is somewhat insubstantial.

The author tries hard to maintain an authentic period feel to the book, (e.g. expletives are rendered with dashes), so I'm puzzled why this book and its predecessor take their titles from songs written well after the period in which the books are set. Maybe there's a subtle literary point being made that I'm missing.
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