London Fields

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 24, 2010 - Fiction - 480 pages
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London Fields is Amis's murder story for the end of the millennium. The murderee is Nicola Six, a "black hole" of sex and self-loathing intent on orchestrating her own extinction. The murderer may be Keith Talent, a violent lowlife whose only passions are pornography and darts. Or is the killer the rich, honorable, and dimly romantic Guy Clinch?

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Amis's disappointing new novel follows the machinations of promiscuous Nicola Six, a psychic who senses that she is to be murdered by one of two men she meets in a London bar. She systematically ... Read full review

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Nicola Six is a woman who provides sexual favors for men. In fact, she's a dominatrix who has had men run from her apartment. Not finished with her thrills, she has been known to chase the men who have left and attempt to block their escape by placing herself in front of their cars.
Nicola also has the ability to see into the future. She has forseen her death by murder. However, she hasn't been able to see who the killer is. She sets out on a plan to find her murderer and stop them.
Her search centers on Keith Talent, a conneiving cheat who is a dart enthusiast. He feels he could be on a dart challange on TV to get money.
The other choice is Guy Clinch, a wealthy man who seems somewhat naiev and could be manipulated.
Guy enters the Black Cross pub and where Keith is a dart champ and resident loud mouth. After a bit, Keith welcomes him and the two meet Nicola. Guy is a shy person and the activity at the Black Cross amazes him.
The story is narrated by Samson Young, an American writer.
There is little action and lots of talk and introspection in this plot driven novel. "London Fields" was highly acclaimed and is said to be humorous but it did not appeal to me.

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About the author (2010)

MARTIN AMIS is the author of fourteen novels, the memoir Experience, several collections of stories, and six nonfiction books. He lives in Brooklyn.

JOHN SUTHERLAND is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at University College London and a regular columnist at The Guardian.

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