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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.

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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: #4,670,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. After all, once you know "whodunit," usually there's no reason to return to the book. In this case, there is. I've now read it twice and will read it several more times and it's not to find out "whodunit" but to learn even more about both the psychology of the characters and to learn about a part of London I was sharply ignorant of. The insights Godwin provides of both are worth many hours in rereading what I predict will become a classic.

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.
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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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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...
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