My Criminal World by Henry Sutton

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In exposing the crime writer's fell trade so amusingly, Sutton deserves a wide new readership...
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A clever, witty crime novel in the vein of Kate Atkinson's celebrated Jackson Brodie series. In awe of his wife, hounded by his agent and ignored by his editor, mild mannered crime novelist David Slavitt finds his life is spiralling out of control. He needs to do something -- but just how far is he prepared to go?
     In awe of his wife, hounded by his agent and ignored by his editor, mild mannered crime novelist David Slavitt finds his life is spiralling out of control. He needs to do something -- but just how far is he prepared to go?

     My Criminal World introduces us to struggling crime writer, David Slavitt. Living in constant fear that his editor might drop him in favour of the next new talent, David juggles house work and child care alongside plot twists and character development.

     But as his wife grows increasingly distant and his agent insists that his new book needs more violence -- a lot more violence -- David is getting worried. He needs to do something if he is to save his career, and his marriage. But just how far is this most mild mannered of crime writers prepared to go? And who is the person really pulling the strings in this story? Interspersed with David's story are extracts from the crime story he is currently writing, which grow increasingly darker as they progress. Does this change in tone reflect the demands of David's agent or is there something more sinister at work? In this clever literary crime novel, there is more than one mystery to be solved.
 

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HENRY SUTTON was born in Norfolk in 1963. After training as a journalist, he moved to London and worked for a number of national newspapers and magazines, including Esquire, where he was the literary editor. He is currently the books editor for the Daily Mirror, and a regular contributor to the Independent on Sunday. He also teaches creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Henry is the author of six previous novels, including Gorleston, Flying and Kids' Stuff, and a collection of short stories, Thong Nation, and is the co-author of the James Henry novel, First Frost, a prequel to RD Wingfield's DS Frost series. He has three children and lives in Norfolk with his wife, the academic Rachel Potter.
 
Published May 13, 2013 by Harvill Secker. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by Suzi Feay on May 17 2013

In exposing the crime writer's fell trade so amusingly, Sutton deserves a wide new readership...

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