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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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Black Jackal Books Ltd (March 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956711332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956711335
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,279,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Article first published as Book Review:Mr. Glamour by Richard Godwin on Blogcritics.

Madness and psychosis has many forms. Surfing the internet you often come across many strange and bizarre behaviors that are eerie and horrific, but we rarely have those occurrences happen to us or those we know.

In Mr. Glamour by Richard Godwin, he brings us face to face with many of our own fears and nightmares. When a wealthy group of friends seemed to be targeted for murder in the most macabre fashion what begins as a horrific murder mystery turns into a chilling and strange spiral into the innermost darkness of the mind of madness. The only things about the murders that connect them are the fact that the people know one another and are friends, and the fashion in which they are murdered and then posed in some strange fashion. These two things assure the police they have a serial killer, and yet there are enough differences that even that is suspect at times. Is there more than one killer?

DCI Jackson Flare and Inspector Mandy Steele are assigned to investigate the murders, and as the killer finds a way to invade their own thoughts they find themselves fighting the darkness within as they delve further into the dangerous mystery of a murderer who seems to have the entire team stumped. Can they find him before he kills again? Will the darkness they try to hide in their own lives come spilling out in the case, ruining them and their careers, like the secrets that are coming out with the murders?

Godwin has delivered with a horror filled story that keeps you guessing to the very end. His characters are well written, and while they often embody the things we dislike about those who believe money can buy it all, they also have characteristics that draw you to them as well.
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This is certainly both a police procedural and a chiller, but it is also an anarchist philosophical novel just as significant as those by Michel Houellebecq. The latter writes of the human being's 20th century degeneration. He exemplifies it by the feckless, narcissistic, voyeuristic gratification afforded by zipless sex, New Age clichés, "you deserve it" advertisements, and the resulting absence of a developed inner life. (The Glamour Club in Godwin's novel is a perfect example).

Houellebecq envisions the replacement of the 21st century human being with a "post-human" creature, living without pain or fear, and without any semblance of a struggle for loving connection. The smallest flicker of moral ambiguity, if any, lives in the new race's brain. A forerunner of this post-human is Mr Glamou. He, and his extremely wealthy victims, are almost equally without affect, just as many of Houllebecq's characters are--and also those of anarchists such as Bataille, Sade, Burroughs, and Artaud. These prophetic writers are cold as ice in describing murders, and disdain any feelings of pity. "Have done with the judgment of God," said Artaud.

Mr Glamour has found out a way of transferring any such human feelings to another human, who takes it all on himself, Jesus-like. Kind of reminds me of how citizens suffer to allow nations to "stabilize" other nations.
Why should people have pity when their leaders do not? I know there is no overt political context in this novel, but anyone who follows the investment bankers' and generals' bad faith and contempt for their victims, or the absence of interest in drones and wars of occupation by citizens of "democracies," knows what post-human means.
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Richard Godwin wastes no time in "Mr. Glamour." He begins with a lyrical slice of the killer's thoughts, a hypnotic tease, "...Welcome to my world, Only I know the rules", but the induction is so artful--the gleam of a Maserati, the flash of a blade, the blood, thick as the crime scene tension--that you're straightaway a fly in the spider's parlour.

"He worked with blood, but the mirror was clean. His hand was still as it held the image. The camera zoomed in on the open window and captured her as she stood in violent twilight."

There's nothing to be done but to brace yourself for the barrage of brilliantly plotted scenes that are interwoven throughout with an ingenious subplot, and an outstanding cast of characters--a mix of millionaires, masterminds, beauties, big shots, sickos, plodders and crims--all in the usual states of psychological damage but not usual themselves, for there are no cookie cutters in Mr. Godwin's world.

"She fled from herself into the bedroom where she lay with her back to the mirror, seeking refuge from the knowledge of who she was."

Fans of Godwin's dark prose will not be disappointed. The "Apostle Rising" legacy lives on in "Mr. Glamour" only tighter and faster through the twists and hairpin turns, and broader and keener in its psychological exploration.

"Flare felt the skin, the puckered flesh like a terrain of calluses against his fingertips. He moved his face one way, then the other, watching his twin selves."

In addition to all of this, Godwin has painted a magnificent, vivid portrait of London. It is allegorical, satirical in its analysis of class, entropic in its acute awareness of decay and fundamentally the most unusual novel you are likely to read all year.
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