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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.
“A bundle of spastic nerves and jumpy tempos, hard to hold in your hand but harder to put down.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“David Peace is the future of crime fiction. . . . A fantastic talent.” —Ian Rankin
“Nineteen Seventy-Four is raw and furiously alive, the literary equivalent of a hard right to the jaw. David Peace has delivered the finest crime fiction debut of the year.” —George Pelecanos
“Peace's stunning debut has done for the county what Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy did for L.A. . . . A brilliant first novel, written with tremendous pace and passion.” —Yorkshire Post (UK)