The Red Riding Quartet, Book Four
By David Peace
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307455130, 416pp.)
Publication Date: February 9, 2010
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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.
David Peace is the author of The Red Riding Quartet, GB84, The Damned Utd., Tokyo Year Zero, and Occupied City. He was chosen as one of Granta’s 2003 Best Young British Novelists, and has received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the German Crime Fiction Award, and the French Grand Prix de Roman Noir for Best Foreign Novel. He lives in Yorkshire.
“A major achievement. . . . Peace’s voice is powerful and unique. This is compelling stuff.” —The Guardian
“Rarely has the crime novel managed to say something more serious and enduring than in Peace's masterful quartet.” —New Statesman
“Magnificent. . . . Nineteen Eighty-Three is Peace’s best yet.” —Yorkshire Post
“Fiction that comes with a sense of moral gravity. . . . A fierce indictment of the era.” —The Independent
“Peace is a manic James Joyce of the crime novel . . . invoking the horror of grim lives, grim crimes, and grim times.” —Sleazenation
“[Peace] exposes a side of life which most of us would prefer to ignore.” —Daily Mail
“David Peace is the future of crime fiction. . . . A fantastic talent.” —Ian Rankin
“British crime fiction’s most exciting new voice in decades.” —GQ
“[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
“A compelling and devastating body of work that pushes Peace to the forefront of British writing.” —Time Out (London)
“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 (London)
“Peace has found his own voice—-full of dazzling, intense poetry and visceral violence.” —Uncut
“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 Tim