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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 (Nineteen Seventy Seven) offers Nineteen Eighty, the third installment of his acclaimed historical suspense series, the Red Riding Quartet. The Yorkshire Ripper is still on the loose, the residents are terrified and ever-vigilant out-of-town police officer Peter Hunter steps up to the plate, further angering the corrupt and complacent Yorkshire cops.

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“David Peace is the future of crime fiction. . . . A fantastic talent.” —Ian Rankin

“[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
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Product Details

  • Series: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307455122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307455123
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Karen M. Rodiek on August 5, 2013
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This is the 3rd blook in the Red Riding quartet, which starts with 1974 and picks up every three years after. The quartet revolves around police corruption in Yorkshire where, as one of the bent policemen says: 'this is the North and we do what we want'. Starting with 1974 and the search for several young missing girls, it moves on to the time when the area was terrified by the Yorkshire Ripper, who mainly killed prostitutes. There's a question of whether some of the women killed were vicitims of the Ripper or of corrupt policemen trying to cover their behavior. Newspaper reports, priests, crooked cops and honest ones all get sucked into a vortex of corruption that boggles the mind. Families are descimated, a woman is raped by police officers in front of her husband before he dies. If only a small percentage of what these novels portray are true, it must have been a horrible experience to be picked up by the police. The corruption is so complete, so deep that the police are operating their own pornography empire with prostitution and porn magazines and rationalize that they are 'comtaining' it by controlling it. They aid and abet local businessmen in their pursuit of money and get their fingers in all the pies, including local builders putting up an indoor mall.

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.
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Feverish tour de force!!! Incredible narrative, a power house quartet of novels that show case the
the pervasiveness of rape culture in the yorkshire police , mysogny, and p0lice violence and corruption.
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Third book in the Red Riding Series. Starting to see where the author is coming from. Not really one of those books you can't put down because of the style of writing sort of read a couple of chapters and pick up a day later. Ok but am reading to see what the ending is in book 4
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If you are thinking of reading this novel, the chances are you have already read the first two novels in the Red Riding Quartet: Nineteen Seventy-Four: The Red Riding Quartet, Book One (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) and Nineteen Seventy-Seven: The Red Riding Quartet, Book Two (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard). They do have many interweaving characters and this book will make little sense if you have not read those before, but if you have then rest assured that this is every bit as dark and atmospheric as the earlier books.

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.
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I bought all four books in this series after viewing the British films that I enjoyed. The books were a disappointment. None of the characters are very sympathetic and the female characters are very broadly written and not treated well by any of the male characters. Plus the plot is often hard to follow. I say skip the books and find the three British films based on the books.
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This is the third volume of the "Red Riding" quartet and the best so far. We pick-up the story of the "Yorkshire Ripper" three years after the last volume. Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Peter Hunter is brought in to try and make some sense of the (now) seven year killing spree. The local cops are no closer to catching the 'Ripper' than they have been since the beginning. Hunter is brought in ostensibly to create a "Brain Trust" to review all the cases and determine whether any leads were missed and whether the local 'lads' are doing the best job they can.

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.

Zeb Kantrowitz
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