By David Peace
Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307455123, 376pp.
Publication Date: September 8, 2009
Continuing the narrative begun with Nineteen Seventy-Four and Nineteen Seventy-Seven, this electrifying third installment of David Peace’s Red Riding Quartet demonstrates a skill that goes above and beyond the limits of the genre.
While Yorkshire is terrorized by the Ripper, the corrupt police continue to prosper. To give the case some new life, Peter Hunter, a “clean” cop from nearby Manchester, is brought in to offer a fresh perspective. As he goes about setting up a new case under the radar, he suffers the same fate as those who previously attempted to get in the way of the Ripper: his house is burned down, his wife threatened. But he soldiers on. And as he comes face to face with unthinkable evil, Hunter struggles to maintain his reputation, his sanity, and his life.
“David Peace is the future of crime fiction. . . . A fantastic talent.” —Ian Rankin
“[David Peace is] transforming the genre with passion and style.” —George Pelecanos
“Peace has single-handedly established the genre of Yorkshire Noir, and mightily satisfying it is.” —Yorkshire Post
“Peace is a manic James Joyce of the crime novel . . . invoking the horror of grim lives, grim crimes, and grim times.” —Sleazenation
“A tour de force of crime fiction which confirms David Peace’s reputation as one of the most important names in contemporary crime literature.” —Crime Time
“A compelling and devastating body of work that pushes Peace to the forefront of British writing.” —Time Out
“[Peace] exposes a side of life which most of us would prefer to ignore.” —Daily Mail
“A writer of immense talent and power. . . . If Northern Noir is the crime fashion of the moment, Peace is its most brilliant designer.” —The Times
“Peace has found his own voice–-full of dazzling, intense poetry and visceral violence.” —Uncut