Jeanette Garland, missing Castleford, July 1969. Susan Ridyard, missing Rochdale, March 1972. Claire Kemplay, missing Morley, since yesterday. Christmas bombs and Lord Lucan on the run, Leeds United and the Bay City Rollers, "The Exorcist" and "It Ain't Half Hot Mum".It's winter, 1974, Yorkshire, and Eddie Dunford's got the job he wanted - crime correspondent for the "Yorkshire Evening Post". He didn't know it was going to be a season in hell. A dead little girl with a swan's wings stitched into her back.In "Nineteen Seventy Four", David Peace brings the passion and stylistic bravado of an Ellroy novel to this terrifyingly intense journey into a secret history of sexual obsession and greed, and starts a highly acclaimed crime series that has redefined how the genre is approached.
If you thought fiction couldn't get darker than David Peace's extraordinary debut, "Nineteen Seventy Four", then think again. "Nineteen Seventy Seven", the second instalment of the "Red Riding Quartet", is one long nightmare. Its heroes - the half decent copper Bob Fraser and the burnt-out hack Jack Whitehead - would be considered villains in most people's books. Fraser and Whitehead have one thing in common though, they're both desperate men dangerously in love with Chapeltown prostitutes.And as the summer moves remorselessly towards the bonfires of Jubilee Night, 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. Out of the horror of true crime, David Peace has fashioned a work of terrible beauty. Like James Ellroy before him, David Peace tells us the true and fearsome secret history of our times "Nineteen Eighty" is set against an evolving backdrop of power, corruption and lies. The nightmare continues during the winter of 1980 when the Ripper murders his thirteenth victim and the whole of Yorkshire is terrorised. Assistant Chief Constable Hunter struggles to solve the hellish crimes and bring an end to the horror, but is drawn ever deeper into a world of bent coppers and sleaze. After his house is burned down, his wife is threatened and his colleagues turn against him, Hunter's quest becomes personal as he has nothing left to lose."Nineteen Eighty" is a compelling battle between two desperate men, each determined to destroy the other. This third volume of the "Red Riding Quartet" displays Peace's unique voice which places him as one of the UK's finest crime writers.
David Peace concludes his "Red Riding Quartet" and once again the Ripper is the backdrop for a roller-coaster of fear and corruption. "Nineteen Eighty Three's" three intertwining storylines see the Quartet's central themes of corruption and the perversion of justice come to a head as BJ, the rent boy from Nineteen Seventy Four, the lawyer Big John Piggott - who's as near as you get to a hero in Peace's world - and Maurice Jobson, the senior cop whose career of corruption and brutality has set all this in motion, find themselves on a collision course that can only end in a terrible vengeance."Nineteen Eighty Three" is an epic tale which concludes an extraordinary body of work confirming Peace as the most innovative and remarkable new British crime writer to have emerged for years.