Stark lives in Colour, a neighbourhood whose inhabitants like to be co-ordinated with their surroundings - a neighbourhood where spangly purple trousers are admired by the walls of buildings as you pass them. Close by is Sound, where you mustn't make any, apart from one designated hour a day when you can scream your lungs raw. Then there's Red - get off at Fuck Station Zero if you want to see a tactical nuclear battle recreated as a sales demonstration. Stark has friends in Red, which is just as well because Something is about to happen. And when a Something happens it's no good chanting 'Duck and cover' while cowering in a corner, because a Something is always from the past, Stark's past, and it won't go away until you face it full on.
|Publication date:||6th July 1998|
|Author:||Michael Marshall Smith|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|
Excellent reviews: 'A major work indeed
'Smith delivers that rarest of commodities: a genuinely new twist with a punchline of Crying Game proportions'
'No one writes better than Smith about love ... No one writes better about being wasted ... Nigh-on unique.'
-D 'A storytelling skill that can only be described as pure genius
Venue Extraordinary debut Clive Barker
Michael Marshall Smith (who dropped the “Smith” to write The Straw Men) lives in north London with his wife Paula, and is currently working on screenplays and his next book, while providing two cats with somewhere warm and comfortable to sit.More About Michael Marshall Smith