Nineteen Eighty Three by David Peace
(Red-Riding Quartet) (Pt. 4)

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In Nineteen Eighty-Three, David Peace brings his astonishing series of riveting, gritty crime novels to a shocking conclusion.  With three separate narrators whose paths are on a collision course, Peace makes a dark study of perverted justice, retribution, and urban decay.  Maurice Jobson is a Yorkshire cop whose greed and corruption has rotted the police force to the core; BJ is a local street thug who finds he can no longer safely lurk in the shadows; and John Piggott, a lawyer, is as honest and forthright as they come.  His investigation of a long-cold murder might just be the cure for Yorkshire’s woes, but he’ll need to get through it alive first.


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About David Peace

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David Peace was born in 1967 and grew up in Ossett, near Wakefield. In 1994 he took up a teaching post in Tokyo and now lives there with his family. He wrote the Red Riding Quartet from 1999 to 2002, and has since written two more novels, The Damned United and Tokyo Year Zero. In May 2008 his work was the subject of a South Bank Show.
 
Published March 10, 2010 by Vintage. 416 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Crime. Fiction

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All told, six women are murdered, four assaulted—including Bob Fraser’s girlfriend, Janice Ryan, who is pregnant with his child and for whom he pimps, and Jack Whitehead’s prosty, Ka Su Peng (assaulted only).

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Peace’s Yorkshire Ripper, who disembodies prostitutes with a screwdriver, is taken from real life (as in Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia and as with nearly all of Peace’s crimes), and family members of the dead have to live with Peace’s fear-reminding, gore-riddled pages.

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Fourth and last in this British author's experimental Red Riding Quartet crime epic: a raw and furious wade through the Valley of Death that understates its big sweet hell of pages chock-a-block with violated corpses and red rain running with blood.

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