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Nineteen Eighty-Three: The Red Riding Quartet, Book Four (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Paperback – February 9, 2010
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“Rarely has the crime novel managed to say something more serious and enduring than in Peace's masterful quartet.” —New Statesman
“Magnificent. . . . Nineteen Eighty-Three is Peace’s best yet.” —Yorkshire Post
“Fiction that comes with a sense of moral gravity. . . . A fierce indictment of the era.” —The Independent
“Peace is a manic James Joyce of the crime novel . . . invoking the horror of grim lives, grim crimes, and grim times.” —Sleazenation
“[Peace] exposes a side of life which most of us would prefer to ignore.” —Daily Mail
“David Peace is the future of crime fiction. . . . A fantastic talent.” —Ian Rankin
“British crime fiction’s most exciting new voice in decades.” —GQ
“[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
“A compelling and devastating body of work that pushes Peace to the forefront of British writing.” —Time Out (London)
“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 (London)
“Peace has found his own voice—-full of dazzling, intense poetry and visceral violence.” —Uncut
“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 Tim
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His series of novels set in and around Leeds at the time of the Yorkshire Ripper murders is in my view the finest modern British series in crime fiction. Dark, desperate, highly stylised, moving, they engage with modern Britain - drawing on a number of topical themes: abuse; corruption; conspiracy.
This the final novel in the quartet revisits many of the threads initiated in 1974, but are presented in such a way that knowledge of the previous novels is not necessary.
The three principals here: BJ, a rent boy, Piggot, a corrupt solicitor, and Jobson, a corrupt policeman, are set in three different interlinking narratives. In demonstrating how his style has developed since his earlier work, here various devices are used effortlessly. Piggot's chapters are written in the second person, BJ refers to himself continually in the third person. The device differentiates the narrative threads, but also serves to demonstrate the distancing each character has from their story.
The characters are all too human, complex people with complex motivations. Violence is presented explictly, the consequences of actions explored (throughout the whole of the twenty five year span covered by the novel).
The subject matter - violent child murders and abuse - may be too much for some. The writing style may be too much for others. BUt make no mistake, David Peace is the most exciting and most important thing that has happened to crime fiction in the UK in a very long time.
Since publication in the UK Peace has been listed as one of the Best Young British NOvelists in Granta magazine. He is the only genre writer listed.
The chapters swing between the previous three book years and 1969 and 1972. We learn of the brutality that Myshkin (his mate Jim Ashworth), BJ and Piggott suffered as children. We also learn about the 'taking of the North' by the new 'Yorkshire Constabulary'. When Leeds is merged into the regional police force, the Chief Constable decides that it's time to take over the porn trade and use it to make all 'us coppers' rich. What it does is to corrupt the police force beyond recognition even to those inside of it.
All three major characters have their own quirks so that the writing seems at times to be by different authors. BJ always speaks of himself as BJ (as in BJ in car, BJ running away), in a childlike manner. Both Piggott and Jobson tend to begin their chapters speaking in the first person and it's not always clear who is speaking until after a couple of pages. The book is written in a staccato method and sometimes in 'train of thought' or intertwined with lyrics or poems making it absorbing and confusing at the same time.
Rapped around all this is the "Yorkshire Ripper" and the stories of three ten year old girls who were kidnapped and later found dead with the wings of swans sewn onto their backs.Read more ›
It is Friday, May 13th 1983, and we are back at Millgarth Police Station in Leeds. The Owl - Detective Chief Superintendent Maurice Jobson, is calling a police conference. Ten year old Hazel Atkins disappeared on the way home from school. Another press conference and another missing girl, joining Jeanette Garland, Susan Ridyard and Clare Kemplay. Michael Myshkin is in prison for the murder of at least one of those girls, but now his mother wishes to appeal and she asks John Piggott, a local solicitor to look into the case. As before, this novel uses the point of view of particular characters - in this book Piggott, Jobson and BJ, a rent boy we have met before and whose storyline weaves throughout the quartet from the first to last book.
These books are dark and bleak in the extreme, with themes of murder, violence, abuse and corruption.Read more ›
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The fourth book in the Red Riding series and this was the hardest read of the four with a very confusing ending. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gary McCullough
My favorite in the series by far, though I love everything that Peace has written. He is a furious prose-poet posing as a literary crime stylist and chronicler on occult... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Frank White
I typed pages of characters and their relationships and still couldn't figure out what happened. Peace practices obscurantism and calls it art. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by PR
1983 is the final book in David Peace's Red Riding Quartet. Telling the story of corruption in and around the Yorkshire Police over the period between 1974 and 1983 this brings all... Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by Syriat
I love this series and have been meaning to purchase this book for a long time. Delivery was prompt, and the condition was goodPublished on February 13, 2013 by JOSH BARLAS
I think this is the weakest of the four books in the Red Riding quartet. It is very good
but I found myself growing weary of the repeating of line after line throughout the... Read more
My favorite book of the series. It not only gives an ending to the story, but explains the history of the corruption of the Yorkshire Police Department. Read morePublished on May 12, 2010 by Douglas Hahner