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Cathi Unsworth began a career in journalism at nineteen on the music weekly Sounds, and has since worked for many music, arts, film and alternative lifestyle journals. She is the author of four other novels, Weirdo, The Not Knowing, The Singer and Bad Penny Blues, and the editor of the award-winning crime compendium London Noir, all published by Serpent's Tail. She lives in London.
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Maxim Jakubowski August 2015 Highly Recommended. Novel by novel, Unsworth is proving herself a unique talent in her power of evocation of time and place and this fifth outing set in London during the Blitz confirms her status as an idiosyncratic crime writer with a strong, individual voice. Based on actual real-life murders, where prostitutes were left mutilated, the sense of period resurrects the backstreets, darkness, and the contradictory glitter behind the wartorn facade of life with picaresque brio as a determined cop follows his instincts in a secret world of music halls, psychopaths, black marketeers, magicians and furtive shadows. Seldom has Soho's nightlife and heyday been drawn in such an appealing and scary way. To say the book is atmospheric would be an understatement, as the stale smell of cigarettes and moral disillusion wafts from every page. A considerable achievement. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
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