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Product Details

  • Series: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307455092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307455093
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“David Peace is transforming the genre with passion and style.”—George Pelecanos“This is the future of British crime fiction. . . . Extraordinary and original.” —Time Out“Simply superb. . . . Peace is a masterful storyteller, and Nineteen Seventy-Seven is impossible to put down. . . . A must-read thriller.” —Yorkshire Post “Peace's powerful novel exposes a side of life which most of us would prefer to ignore.” —Daily Mail

About the Author

David Peace is the author of The Red Riding Quartet, GB84,The Damned Utd and Tokyo Year Zero. He was chosen as one of Granta's 2003 Best Young British Novelists, and has received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the German Crime Fiction Award, and the French Grand Prix de Roman Noir for Best Foreign Novel. Born and raised in Yorkshire, he has lived in Tokyo since 1994.

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David Peace is the author of the Red Riding Quartet, GB84, The Damned Utd, Tokyo Year Zero, and Occupied City. He was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists of 2003, and has received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the German Crime Fiction Award, and France's Grand Prix du Roman Noir for Best Foreign Novel. In 2007, he was named as GQ (UK) Writer of the Year. He lived in Tokyo for fifteen years before returning to his native Yorkshire.

Customer Reviews

The stream of concinsense writing style may or may not be your cup of tea.
Mark M. Hargus
Having said that, I can't wait to read the next book Nineteen Eighty (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard); they are thoroughly unpleasant and utterly compelling.
S Riaz
I've just finished reading this for the second time and can't recommend it, (or the other 3 in the quartet), highly enough.
MR M.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "scottish_lawyer" on August 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
David Peace's first novel, Nineteen seventy four was a story with roots in working class English literature. The central character, Eddy, a journalist, became embroiled in police corruption, and a sordid series of child murders. The novel was set in Yorkshire, written in the first person, and explored the underside of an area that months later saw the start of a vicious series of sexual murders committed by Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper". This was a promising debut. That promise starts to be fulfilled with the second volume in Peace's West Yorkshire Quartet, Nineteen Seventy Seven.
In this novel Peace raises his work a notch. He has produced one of the finest British crime novels of recent years, and in his quartet of novels looks set to produce one of the finest series since Ellroy's Dudley Smith novels.
The narrative in Nineteen Seventy Seven focuses on two characters, Jack Whitehead, a journalist; and Bob Fraser, a police sergeant. Both characters appeared in Nineteen Seventy Four. Both are haunted by the shocking conclusion to the earlier novel. Their stories are set against the backdrop of the Sutcliffe murders, and the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
Each strand is written in first person narrative, and for the most part the plot lines run parallel, although Fraser and Whitehead meet and exchange information. There are some stylistic similarities between the two strands (both have astream of consciousness feel) but for the most part the characters are sufficiently differentiated. While the strands run parallel there are some similarities in their development. For example, both are, or become, involved with prostitutes at a time when those prostitutes in West Yorkshire feared for their lives due to the Sutcliffe murders.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grey Wolffe VINE VOICE on October 29, 2008
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Following on from his spectacular first novel- "1974" which dealt with a series of child abductions and murders; 1977 is about the "Yorkshire Ripper" and a series of prostitution murders and mutilations. The two main characters are brought over from the first novel. Jack Whitehead, the 'Reporter of the Year' in "1974" is even more of a drunken wreck than he was three years before. Bob Fraser was a cop who worked on the first serial murders and now is working on the "Yorkshire Ripper" murders.

The "Ripper's" MO is to knock them out with blows to the head from a ball-peen hammer, and then he attacks their bodies with a philips screw- driver. Both men are involved with prostitute, as it seems is half of the police constabulary of Leeds and surrounding town where the murders occur. Fraser's is an ongoing relationship that is tangential to many of the murders and assaults that have occurred. Whitehead gets involved with one of the woman who survived the assault.

We are taken through the grisly murders and the abuse of suspects by both the police and at times, each other. If that sounds confusing, try reading the book. Peace has a very strange style to say the lease. He has each of his two narrators (Fraser and Whitehead) speak in the first person, and sometimes it's two or three pages before you can tell who's speaking. At other places he writes as train of thought (by the character) and you have a paragraph(?) that can run for pages without a period. Reading some parts of the book is like running, you can actually feel your heart rate speed-up. Quite the book.

Read it yourself and determine your own opinion.

Zeb Kantrowitz
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 6, 2012
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Having found Nineteen Seventy-Four: The Red Riding Quartet, Book One (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) totally gripping, I was keen to read the second in the Red Riding Quartet. Having finished it, I am somewhat at a loss of how to describe it. The second book, much like the first, is almost like a written nightmare - dark, shocking, savage, violent and vicious. The novel is narrated by two characters from the previous book - Sergeant Bob Fraser and veteran reporter Jack Whitehead.

We are back in the seventies and it is the time of the Yorkshire Ripper. Bob Fraser is assigned to the squad investigating the Ripper murders, sent to see whether an earlier murder could be tied in to the case. Clare Strachan was murdered, but a link is unearthed to the murders in 1974, causing old nightmares to return in this almost surreal rampage around the North of England. Driving through the dark landscape, mentions of the Moors Murderers make a dark story even harsher, alongside Jack's visions of murdered women in his room and Bob Fraser's obsession with a prostitute he fears being killed, but is unable to protect. Again we have police corruption, scenes of interrogations which turn into torture, fear and darkness. Having said that, I can't wait to read the next book Nineteen Eighty (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard); they are thoroughly unpleasant and utterly compelling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Hahner on April 1, 2010
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I thought Nineteen Seventy-Four was bleak, but Nineteen Seventy-Seven made that book look like Dr. Seuss.

Seventy-Seven follows two minor characters from Nineteen Seventy-Four, DI Bob Fraser and Reporter Jack Whitehead, as they both investigate the Yorkshire Ripper murders.

The years between 74 and 77 have not been kind to either character, and both have sunk pretty low. Fraser in particular has gone from an honest cop to committing criminal acts. Yet somehow Peace made me care about Bob, and I was heartbroken to see where his story leads.

For Jack we are shown what happened to him in quick bursts with a little more detail each time. It is up to the reader to figure out what happened to Jack that lead to his hard times.

Jack and Bob's stories crash into each other at the end before veering off in opposite directions again.

This was a really good read, and the style of prose, while similar to Nineteen Seventy-Four, was different enough to make it its own novel.

I read the first chapter of Nineteen Eighty, book 3 of the Red Riding Quartet, as soon as I finished Nineteen Seventy-Seven. I rarely read three books in a row by the same author, but I think I'm going to go four for four and read Nineteen Eighty-Three after Nineteen Eighty.
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