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The Riot by Laura Wilson
  

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An Inspector Stratton novel of racial tension and murder in Notting Hill, London, in 1958. Teddy boys stand on the street corners seething with malice and hatred for the Caribbean immigrants. The atmosphere is electric as intrigue after intrigue litter these pages. We have the powerful, the wealthy, the slum landlords, the pimps and the wheeler/dealers. Stratton’s involvement begins with a rent collector being shot dead, then a stabbing adds to his problems. This is a beautifully constructed jigsaw puzzle of a book, it is part of a series but on its own is quite magnificent.

If you like Laura Wilson you might also like to read books by Jacqueline Winspear, Andrew Taylor and Margaret Yorke.

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Synopsis

The Riot by Laura Wilson

1958: Notting Hill is sweltering in a heatwave. It's DI Stratton's new manor and a powder keg of racial tension. A rent collector is stabbed and a series of street fights between teddy boys and Caribbean immigrants sparks further unrest. Young runaway Irene, on the verge of prostitution, finds her loyalties lie on both sides of the fight. A race riot breaks out - the worst Britain has ever seen. Stratton must tread a path through the violence and prejudice to find the killer and save Irene before Notting Hill explodes.

Reviews

'A crime narrative of great authority ... extremely evocative' - Financial Times

'The tang of Wilson's period detail pops off the page ... a richly imagined, compassionate story' - Metro

About the Author

Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson was brought up in London and has degrees in English Literature from Somerville College, Oxford and UCL, London. She has worked briefly and ingloriously as a teacher, and more successfully as an editor of non-fiction books. She has written history books for children and is interested in history, particularly of the recent past, painting and sculpture, uninhabited buildings, underground structures, cemeteries and time capsules. She lives with her partner and their basset hound in North Essex.

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Book Info

Publication date

30th January 2014

Author

Laura Wilson

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Author's Website

www.laura-wilson.co.uk/

Publisher

Quercus Publishing

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Historical Fiction
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781782063087

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