Nineteen Seventy Four by David Peace
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I had seen the first of the Red Riding Trilogy before I read this book. As usual, I didn't know there was a book that came first but wanted to delve into this violent world, full of deception, back handers and bent cops.
As soon as you start reading you're sucked in. The pace in this book is insatiable and before you realise it you're flying through the chapters. The main character in 1974 is Eddie Dunford, a young journalist, doing his best to become the latest crime correspondent. As a reader, you sympathise with Dunford, but like every character in this book, he's flawed. You can hear yourself telling him not to do the stupid things he sometimes does. Dunford uncovers a conspiracy that everyone seems to be involved in and from then on, only bad things can happen.
The story itself is intriguing, brilliantly written and takes your breath away. Peace doesn't shy away from violence which makes this book seem all more real and creates a wealth of believable characters. The only reason this book is four stars is because at some points it can be quite confusing. A lot of characters have similar sounding names and at a few stages in the story I had to turn back and check names and events. Despite this, I'm looking forward to reading the next books!
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