Nineteen Seventy-four: The Red Riding Quartet, Book One

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 16, 2010 - Fiction - 300 pages
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The first installment of David Peace's electrifying Red Riding Quartet vividly brings to life a gritty, dangerous working class city tormented by a series of brutal murders. Nineteen Seventy-Four follows Eddie Dunford, the newly minted crime correspondent for the Yorkshire Post. His first story is about Clare Kemplay, a young girl recently found brutally murdered. While the police department and other crime reporters at the newspaper believe it's an isolated incident, Eddie finds a pattern between Clare's disappearance and those of other girls from a few years earlier. Despite his better judgment, and against the advice of others, he starts to dig deep. What he finds is a nightmare of corruption, violence, blackmail, and obsession that ultimately leads to a shocking, explosive conclusion.

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Review: Nineteen Seventy Four (Red Riding Quartet #1)

User Review  - Alexandra - Goodreads

Well, thank heavens that was a quick read. I'm generally a fan of the gritty urban mysteries, and with its tough first-person narrative voice, this seemed like it would be a fun little trip into the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kirsten - Goodreads

I'm either stupid or this was poorly written, because I have literally no idea what happened in this book. I don't even know who the main character was, really - at one point he's a writer, and then ... Read full review

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David Peace is the author of The Red Riding Quartet, GB84,The Damned Utd and Tokyo Year Zero. 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. Born and raised in Yorkshire, he has lived in Tokyo since 1994.

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