The Monster's Lament by Robert Edric

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The monster’s lament is a smart and vicious glimpse into a dark and sordid world. It’s gripping, surprising, and satisfying.
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An extraordinary imagining of the dark arts in war-torn London from one of the most brilliant literary talents around.
     April 1945. While the Allied Forces administer the killing blow to Nazi Germany, at home London's teeming underworld of black marketeers, pimps, prostitutes, conmen and thieves prepare for the coming peace. But the man the newspapers call the English Monster, the self-procaimed Antichrist, Aleister Crowley, is making preparations for the future too: for his immortality.

     For Crowley's plan to work, he has to depend upon one of London's Most Wanted, ambitious gangland boss Tommy Fowler, who, presiding over a crumbling empire, can still get you anything you want -- for a price.

     And what Crowley wants is a young man, Peter Tait, in Pentonville Prison under sentence of death for murder. Convinced of his innocence but unable to prove it, his only chance of survival lies in the hands of one detective struggling against the odds to win a desperate appeal that has little chance of success.

     The Monster's Lament  is an extraordinary journey through a ruined landscape towards an ending more terrible and all-consuming than any of its participants can have imagined. When you're used to fighting monsters abroad, it is easy to overlook the monsters closer to home.
 

About Robert Edric

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ROBERT EDRIC was born in 1956. His novels include "Winter Garden" (1985 James Tait Black Prize winner), "A New Ice Age" (1986 runner-up for the 1986 Guardian Fiction Prize), "The Book of the Heathen" (shortlisted for the 2001 WH Smith Literary Award), "Peacetime" (longlisted for the Booker Prize 2002), "Gathering the Water "(longlisted for the Booker Prize 2006) and "In Zodiac Light," which was shortlisted for the Dublin Impac Prize 2010. He lives in Yorkshire.
 
Published April 15, 2013 by Doubleday UK. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Michel Basilieres on Jun 28 2013

The monster’s lament is a smart and vicious glimpse into a dark and sordid world. It’s gripping, surprising, and satisfying.

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