The Light of Day by Graham Swift

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On the anniversary of a life-shattering event, George Webb, a former policeman turned private detective, revisits the catastrophes of his past and reaffirms the extraordinary direction of his future. Two years before, an assignment to follow a strayed husband and his mistress appeared simple enough, but this routine job left George a transformed man.

Suspenseful, moving, and hailed by critics as a detective story unlike any other, The Light of Day is a gripping tale of murder and redemption, as well as a bold exploration of love and self-discovery. This powerful novel signals yet another groundbreaking achievement from Graham Swift, the author of the Booker Prize-winning novel Last Orders.


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About Graham Swift

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Graham Swift is the author of five other novels, including the acclaimed Waterland, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Guardian Fiction Award. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in London.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 323 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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An ex-policeman turned private detective finds himself unable to forget a former client who murdered her unfaithful husband.

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Publishers Weekly

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George Webb, a divorced ex-cop and the narrator of this fine novel, works as a private investigator in London specializing in "matrimonial work": finding evidence of philandering. Some of t

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Graham Swift's hero, a private eye, falls for a woman who killed her husband.

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The Guardian

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* * * I don't know why I decided to follow him home.

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The Light of Day by Graham SwiftHamish Hamilton £16.99, pp244 It takes steady nerves to choose 'All's fair in love and war' as the epigraph of a novel, to let the cliché stand at the head of your text, draft after draft.

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The Guardian

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The Light of Day by Graham Swift 256pp, Hamish Hamilton, £16.99 You could take a short drive - or open your London A to Z - and cover every inch of the journey Graham Swift's characters make in his intensely local new novel, The Light of Day .

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Publishers Weekly

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While this story sounds a bit like an American noir thriller from the 1930s (and Swift's title may be a nod to the noir fascination with night and shadow), the Booker Prize–winning author (for Last Orders) is after bigger themes: the weight of history, the role of fate, the inexplicable vagaries ...

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Entertainment Weekly

Like Last Orders, Swift's terrific 1996 Booker Prize winner, his latest novel, a subdued noir melodrama, minutely jujitsus a single day, creeping the plot forward bit by bit while jumping back to unpeel the back stories.

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