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Book Title: Nineteen Eighty|
The author of the book: David Peace
Edition: Serpent's Tail
Date of issue: 2008
ISBN 13: 9781846687075
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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: Red Riding Nineteen Seventy Four (Red Riding Quartet) and Red Riding Nineteen Seventy Seven: Red Riding Quartet. 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. Driving back and forth between Leeds and Bradford, Hunter drives over the moors, imagining the victims of the Moors Murders. Crime fiction doesn't come much darker than this.
As Hunter begins his investigation, names appear from previous books that you will be familiar with, including Jack Whitehead and murder victims such as Janice Ryan, which earlier characters felt were not committed by the Ripper. Suddenly, the body count is rising and Peter Hunter finds himself being turned upon by those who should be aiding his investigation. It is hard to see how the author could make this gritty series any harsher, but I look forward to reading the finale in the final book Red Riding Nineteen Eighty Three: Red Riding Quartet. For those who like their crime books firmly set in reality, this sordid and violent tale of police corruption and murder will surely hit the mark.
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Read information about the authorDavid Peace was born in 1967 and grew up in Ossett, near Wakefield. He left Manchester Polytechnic in 1991, and went to Istanbul to teach English. In 1994 he took up a teaching post in Tokyo and now lives there with his family.
His formative years were shadowed by the activities of the Yorkshire Ripper, and this had a profound influence on him which led to a strong interest in crime. His quartet of Red Riding books grew from this obsession with the dark side of Yorkshire. These are powerful novels of crime and police corruption, using the Yorkshire Ripper as their basis and inspiration. They are entitled Nineteen Seventy-Four, (1999), Nineteen Seventy-Seven (2000), Nineteen Eighty (2001), and Nineteen Eighty-Three (2002), and have been translated into French, Italian, German and Japanese.
In 2003 David Peace was named by Granta magazine as one of twenty "Best Young British Novelists." His novel GB84, set during the 1984 miners' strike, was published in 2005.
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