Nineteen Eighty-three

Nineteen Eighty-three

A Novel

Book - 2010
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In Nineteen Eighty-Three , David Peace brings his astonishing series of riveting, gritty crime novels to a shocking conclusion.nbsp; With three separate narrators whose paths are on a collision course, Peace makes a dark study of perverted justice, retribution, and urban decay.nbsp; 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.nbsp; 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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2010.
Edition: 1st Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard ed.
ISBN: 9780307455130
Characteristics: 405 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: 1983


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Dec 22, 2010

This book makes a reading of the entire Red Riding quartet well worth the experience. Told from the perspective of three different characters, all of whom have been introduced in the other three books of the series, the book in its own oblique way reveals the terrible secrets hinted at throughout the series. The West Yorkshire setting created by Peace is dark, seamy, and depressing. I'm not overstating when I say that for a character within this world, suicide might seem a pretty attractive option.
Via his three main characters, Peace ranges back and forth in time providing additional perspective on the events detailed in the other books, allowing the reader, if not clarity, at least glimpses through the mirk of delusions, motivations and cross-purposes of the cast of characters.
This volume would not stand on its own all that well without a reading of the other three books.


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