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Mr. Glamour Paperback – March 24, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The mind Richard Godwin creeps me out more than any other author writing today. In a good way. I look forward to reading anything he writes. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by bnagel1976
I've read Richard Godwin's work and actually know the man. Know his talent. Know this book. The first thing you note when you read Mr. Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by B. R. Stateham
Mr Glamour opens thus:
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... Read more
A killer who composes poetic tributes to his victims, removes choice body parts, then... a male/female homicide team, scarred by their violent pasts, out to waste him... Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by Cynthia Rosmus
Richard Godwin is another of those talented British crime writers I've come to love. His style is unique--bold and gritty and entirely compelling. His second novel, Mr. Read morePublished on July 9, 2012 by Julia Madeleine
While most readers and reviewers were drawn to the plot and the mystery of Richard Godwin's brilliant novel, Mr. Glamour--as I was as well--I was struck even more by the setting. Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by Les Edgerton
London's smart set are used to being watched. They expect it. Possessed of immense wealth coupled with physical beauty, they live to be seen in the right places, with the right... Read morePublished on June 17, 2012 by Julie Lewthwaite
BOOK REVIEW - RICHARD GODWIN - MR GLAMOUR
By Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
Readers of Richard Godwin's APOSTLE RISING who wondered how Richard could... Read more
'Paul De Longe put the phone down and opened a bottle of Morey-Blanc. It was cold and smooth and biscuity. Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by Braz