The Singer

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Serpent's Tail, 2007 - Fiction - 462 pages
12 Reviews
The legend goes like this: Vincent Smith met bandmates Stevie Mullin and Lynton Powell at a Sex Pistols concert, where he tried to kiss Sid Vicious? guitar and got a bloody nose. Together they formed Blood Simple, and for a while they made a lot of noise, a bit of money and caused a sensation wherever they went. Then Vincent eloped with Sylvana, singer for the ethereal Mood Violet, and it all went wrong. Six months later Sylvana committed suicide, the band fell apart, and Vincent disappeared. That was 1981 and twenty years on, journalist Eddie Bracknell hopes the story of Blood Simple will be the making of him. He?s got a book contract and the right contacts, it?s just that he can?t get the different stories he?s heard to fit together, never mind trying to work out what happened to Vincent. A compelling crime novel and a very modern fable, The Singer brings the intoxicating days of punk back onstage, with all its noisy creativity and explosive violence.

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User Review  - Nicole - Goodreads

I enjoyed her book, Weirdo, but found this one somewhat tedious despite a pretty good story. Set in punk era. Read full review

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User Review  - Leigh - Goodreads

Not even close to being as good as Unsworth's Weirdo book. Sort of disappointed since I loved Weirdo. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Cathi Unsworth began her journalistic career at 19 while still studying at the London College of Fashion. Headhunted by Melody Maker, she worked there as a freelance feature writer/reviewer for several years before joining Bizarre magazine. Her own writing is inspired by the late Derek Raymond, whom she met when she interviewed him for Melody Maker and who encouraged her to follow the crime-writing path. She is the editor of London Noir, a collection of London crime stories published by Serpent's Tail. Her debut novel, The Not Knowing, was published by Serpent's Tail in 2005 and her second novel, The Singer, will be published in 2007. She lives in London.

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