Crime Fiction Rayner, Richard Murder Book

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Murder Book

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9780006511403: Murder Book

‘About as noir as it can be…excellent’ Frances Fyfield, Daily Telegraph

The city is Los Angeles, the birthplace of the American dream, a city that has come to symbolize both heaven and hell. Billy McGrath is an enigma, half American, half English, who once dreamed of pursuing a career as an academic philosopher, but for the last fifteen years he’s been a homicide detective – one of LA’s best. He knows the rules, and understands a justice system that punishes the underprivileged and lets the rich go free. He’s an unhappy man, divorced from the wife he still adores and separated from a daughter for whom he’d willingly die. If he hasn’t yet thought of suicide, he soon will.
McGrath is called to a crime scene – a woman dead on a kitchen floor in one of the city’s seamiest neighbourhoods, an apparently routine assignment until he discovers that the murdered woman’s son is LA’s biggest crack dealer, an idol of the ghetto who offers him a one-million-dollar bounty for the name of the killer. Making the wrong choice for what might be the right reasons, McGrath initiates both his own fall from grace and, as he strives to redeem himself, a series of wild and furious actions that hurtle him through the many identities of corrupt Los Angeles.
In McGrath, Rayner has created a sympathetic everyman who becomes both victim and victor. Set against a bleak cityscape, Murder Book is a dark, violent and sexy thriller that is impossible to put down.

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‘This is a masterpiece… Unputdownable’
Sunday Express

‘Exciting and satisfyingly complex’
Sunday Telegraph

‘Complex, engrossing… an impressive first foray into the genre’
Guardian

‘As good as Chris Petit’s The Psalm Killer, far better than Martin Amis’s Night Train, this is a book which defies outside distractions’
Time Out

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COMPELLING, DARK AND DIRTY, 'MURDER BOOK' IS A 'CHINATOWN' FOR THE NINETIES.

The city is Los Angeles, birthplace of the American dream. Billy McGrath is an enigma, half American, half English, a philosopher manqué, but for the fifteen years a homicide detective – one of LA's best. He knows the rules, and understands a justice system that punishes the underprivileged and lets the rich go free. He's an unhappy man, divorced from the wife he still adores and separated from a daughter for whom he's willingly die.

McGrath is called to a brutal, but apparently routine, crime scene. Routine until he discovers that the murdered woman's son is LA's biggest crack dealer, an idol of the ghetto who offers him a one-million-dollar bounty for the name of the killer. Making the wrong choice for what might be the right reasons, McGrath initiates his own fall from grace and, as he strives to redeem himself triggers a series of wild and furious actions that hurtle him through the many identities of corrupt Los Angeles.

In McGrath, Rayner has created a sympathetic everyman who becomes both victim and victor. Set against a bleak cityscape, 'Murder Book' is a dark, violent and sexy thriller that is impossible to put down.

'Written in the fast lane…'.
I-D

'Full of irony and masochism…Terrific'.
DAILY TELEGRAPH

'High-class and distinctive'.
INDEPENDENT (of 'Los Angeles Without a Map').

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