Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307455093, 341pp.
Publication Date: May 5, 2009
David Peace's acclaimed Red Riding Quartet continues with this exhilarating follow-up to Nineteen Seventy-Four. It's summer in Leeds and the city is anxiously awaiting the Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth's reign. Detective Bob Fraser and Jack Whitehead, a reporter at the Post, however, have other things on their minds-mainly the fact that someone is murdering prostitutes. The killer is quickly dubbed the “Yorkshire Ripper” and each man, on their own, works tirelessly to catch him. But their investigations turn grisly as they each engage in affairs with the prostitutes they are supposedly protecting. As the summer progresses, the killings accelerate and it seems as if Fraser and Whitehead are the only men who suspect or care that there may be more than one killer at large.
“David Peace is transforming the genre with passion and style.”—George Pelecanos“This is the future of British crime fiction. . . . Extraordinary and original.” —Time Out“Simply superb. . . . Peace is a masterful storyteller, and Nineteen Seventy-Seven is impossible to put down. . . . A must-read thriller.” —Yorkshire Post “Peace's powerful novel exposes a side of life which most of us would prefer to ignore.” —Daily Mail