The fourth and Final Instalment in the Red Riding Quartet. With Nineteen Eighty Three, David Peace completes the Red Riding Quartet, an astonishing, sustained epic. Three intertwining storylines see the Quartet’s central themes of corruption and the perversion of justice come to a head.
BJ, the rent boy from 1974; 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.
David Peace (born 1967) is an English author. He was named one of the Best of Young British Novelists by Granta in 2003 and won the 2004 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. He is also known for his novels GB84 and The Damned United, with the latter made into a feature film starring Michael Sheen.
"With a human landscape that is violent and unrelentingly bleak, Peace's fiction is two or three shades the other side of noir." (New Statesman)
"Brilliant". (The Times, London)
"The pace is relentless, the style staccato-plus and the morality bleak and forlorn.... Peace's voice is powerful and unique". (Guardian)
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A fitting conclusion to a remarkable series
The final episode of David Peace's Red Riding Quartet was not disappointing. The pace of the evolving and, at the same time, untangling of the various plot lines from the previous three books kept me enthralled. In fact I was surprised that so many elements of the plot were resolved. I think I expected the horror and corruption to continue unchecked. Of course we do not find out if there is ever any justice or retribution for all of the damaged lives, death and miscarriages of justice. Will the owl restore justice to West Yorkshire? I doubt it.
I found these books by following the marvellous Saul Reichlin through Audible. After hearing home narrate 'The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo' I thought I'd try another book narrated by him. I think that David Peace's poetic language and use of repetition make for fantastic audio books.
I've spent over 50 hours on my daily walk to and from Leeds station stepping back in time to the Leeds of my teenage years, listening along-side revelations in the news about Jimmy Saville, his social involvement with West Yorkshire police and charitable works to further his evil motives. Over the same period Margaret Thatcher has died and that horrendous clip of her reciting the prayer of St Francis of Assissi, which I remember being horrified by in 1979, and heard chillingly used in this final volume, has been repeated on the TV and radio. Meanwhile there are continuing investigations of police corruption after Hillsborough. David Peace's chilling novels are amazingly prescient.
Now that I have 'read' the books I'm planning to watch the award winning TV films based on the first, third and final book. I'm particularly keen to see how BJ is portrayed.
49 Wasted hours
- John Greystrong