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Nineteen Eighty: The Red Riding Quartet, Book Three (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Paperback – September 8, 2009
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“[David Peace is] transforming the genre with passion and style.” —George Pelecanos
“Peace has single-handedly established the genre of Yorkshire Noir, and mightily satisfying it is.” —Yorkshire Post
“Peace is a manic James Joyce of the crime novel . . . invoking the horror of grim lives, grim crimes, and grim times.” —Sleazenation
“A tour de force of crime fiction which confirms David Peace’s reputation as one of the most important names in contemporary crime literature.” —Crime Time
“A compelling and devastating body of work that pushes Peace to the forefront of British writing.” —Time Out
“[Peace] exposes a side of life which most of us would prefer to ignore.” —Daily Mail
“A writer of immense talent and power. . . . If Northern Noir is the crime fashion of the moment, Peace is its most brilliant designer.” —The Times
“Peace has found his own voice–-full of dazzling, intense poetry and visceral violence.” —Uncut
Top Customer Reviews
I have to admit that sometimes the ethereal quality of the writing made it difficult to follow the action and sometimes it required a second reading (as well as watching the films that were based on the books). Despite that the books were compelling and even when the actions were horrifying, it was impossible to put down. It's worth the time and trouble to read them; no question they're challenging. But they're also beautifully written.
the pervasiveness of rape culture in the yorkshire police , mysogny, and p0lice violence and corruption.
The third in the quartet has Assistant Chief Constable Peter Hunter asked to head a taskforce to look into the Ripper investigation. It is, as the football fans ironically cheer at games, "Ripper 13, police 0" and Hunter handpicks his team with care. George Oldham, meanwhile, has no idea he is to be replaced in a case which has become intensely personal for him and, it is fair to say, that Peter Hunter's contibution is not welcomed by the local force.
Peter Hunter is a man who already has a personal interest in the case and whose garden shed is covered with photo's of the Ripper's victims. As his wife suffers miscarriage after miscarriage and the terrible loss of being childless weighs on her, the author cleverly conveys the way the desire for a child can take over your life. Hunter himself feels he has made himself a bargain - if he stops the Ripper, they will have a child. Meanwhile, this is set in December 1980 - the news is dominated by the murder of John Lennon, of terrorist hostages and Thatcher.Read more ›
In reality, Hunter has been brought in to find out if there is a cover-up and that the locals are some how involved in some of the murders. Hunter and his group are resented by the 'locals' from the beginning and he gets the feeling that he's being stonewalled and misdirected from the start. When a good friend of his ends up being the subject of an 'investigation' and then Hunter becomes the subject of an 'inquiry', things begin to happen.
Then someone burns Hunters house down. The "Ripper" is captured, but he says that three of the murders, "belong to the other guy". 'The other guy' is the one who has been sending the tapes and letters. So who is the 'other guy' and is 'he' really 'them', and are they now after Hunter?
The third volume ends with a 'bang' but we don't know if it's a metaphor or a shotgun blast. Stay tuned for 1983.
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I typed pages of character lists and still couldn't keep characters or plot or resolution straight. The least clear of an unclear series.Published on November 15, 2013 by PR
This book mixes fact and fiction and follows the fortunes of a policeman in the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, a maniac who killed at least 13 women in the north of England between... Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by John Fitzpatrick
The Red Riding Quartet are some of the most mesmerizing, thrilling accounts of crime and vicious behavior in Northern England I have ever read. Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by Patricia A. Chase
I just finished reading this book last night and I am blown away by this
book series. Each book is better than the last one and continues to build
on the story and the... Read more