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
Hush, hush, hush Here comes the Bogeyman ...London during the long, dark days of the Blitz: a city outwardly in ruins, weakened by exhaustion and rationing. But behind the blackout, the old way of life continues: in the music halls, pubs and cafes, soldiers mix with petty crooks, stage magicians with lonely wives, scandal-hungry reporters with good-time girls - and DCI Edward Greenaway keeps a careful eye on everyone. Out on the streets, something nastier is stirring: London's prostitutes are being murdered, their bodies left mutilated to taunt the police. And in the shadows Greenaway's old adversaries in organised crime are active again, lured in by rich pickings on the black market. As he follows a bloody trail through backstreets and boudoirs, Greenaway must use all his skill - and everything he knows about the city's underworld - to stop the slaughter.
'The First Lady of noir writing' -- David Peace
'Brilliant and brave, Without The Moon blends murder and magic to create a vision of London as a spiritual maze. Prostitutes, psychopaths, detectives, villains and psychics move through its corridors, glimpsing heaven and hell in an atmosphere that is so charged it can almost be touched. Fact and fiction link as justice is demanded. The best work yet from a genuine, original talent.' John King
Praise for Weirdo:
'An absorbing mystery, an extraordinarily powerful evocation of time and place' Guardian
Publication date: 09/07/2015
Publisher: Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd
|Publication date:||9th July 2015|
|Publisher:||Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
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. Author photo © Julian IbbitsonMore About Cathi Unsworth