Hawthorn & Child by Keith Ridgway

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This unusual detective story takes the wisdom of his observation on board, and runs with it.
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A mind-blowing adventure into a literary fourth dimension: part noir, part London snapshot, all unsettlingly amazing


Hawthorn and his partner, Child, are called to the scene of a mysterious shooting in North London. The only witness is unreliable, the clues are scarce, and the victim, a young man who lives nearby, swears he was shot by a ghost car. While Hawthorn battles with fatigue and strange dreams, the crime and the narrative slip from his grasp and the stories of other Londoners take over: a young pickpocket on the run from his boss; an editor in possession of a disturbing manuscript; a teenage girl who spends her days at the Tate Modern; a pack of wolves; and a madman who has been infected by the former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Haunting these disparate lives is the shadowy figure of Mishazzo, an elusive crime magnate who may be running the city, or may not exist at all.
 

About Keith Ridgway

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Keith Ridgway is a Dubliner and the author of the award-winning novels The Long Falling, The Parts, and Animals, as well as the collection of stories Standard Time and novella Horses. He lived in North London for eleven years. He now lives somewhere else.
 
Published September 23, 2013 by New Directions. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Killian Fox on Jul 28 2012

This unusual detective story takes the wisdom of his observation on board, and runs with it.

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