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Mr. Glamour Paperback – March 24, 2012
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What Eugene Izzi did for the city of Chicago in novels like The Criminalist, Richard Godwin has done for London in Mr. Glamour. Like Raymond Chandler who was one of the best at creating a character out of the setting--in his case, Los Angeles--Godwin has given us London as a character. A London not seen heretofore, at least in noir. Most writers deliver us the seedy underworld of the city--the world of workingman's and thieves' bars and prostitute haunts and dank gaols populated by sadistic guards and murderous felons--whereas Godwin has sharply defined the world of the upper crust as being veined with the same dark blood as flowed through Jack the Ripper's carotid... if Jack wore Armani and ate at the best four-star restaurants.
This is a story of the "Beautiful People" but none are beautiful save for their designer clothes and cars and mansions and platinum cards and the other trappings of wealth. All are twisted and ugly in one way or the other.Read more ›
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 ›
By Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
Readers of Richard Godwin's APOSTLE RISING who wondered how Richard could possibly follow up on that brilliant and macabre masterpiece need wonder no longer. The question is answered resoundingly with Mr. Glamour, a tight, well-written psychological thriller written in Richard's trademark noir / horror styling.
A novel rich in detail and innuendo, Mr. Glamour plunges the reader into the wickedness and debauchery of the `jet set' and the psychoses of two worlds colliding - the watcher and the watched - where the lines between victim and instigator are not always sharply defined. To paraphrase a song... `faith has been suffered and tears will be shed'. And blood.
When a fisherman casts his line out in the water, he has to be patient... very patient sometimes... and wait for his prey to take the bait.
Writers have not such a luxury... they must reach out and grab the reader quickly... in those first few words... and sink the hook deep... keeping the reader on the line until the final line of that last chapter... until `~finis~'. Otherwise, the reader loses interest and moves on to the next promising cover.
Richard Godwin knows this well, as evidenced in the opening lines of Mr. Glamour -
"She has the eyes of a pit viper and the mouth of an angel."
With that line, the `bait' is taken and a few lines down, the hook is firmly set -
"Her flesh is so soft,
It will split like a peach skin,
You know the fine spray that shoots out from the fruit
On a hot summer's day
As you run the paring knife along the contour...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
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. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by J. A. Gertzman
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
Richard Godwin wastes no time in "Mr. Glamour." He begins with a lyrical slice of the killer's thoughts, a hypnotic tease, "... Read morePublished on August 12, 2012 by Miss Alister
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
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
'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