Harry Fielding is a shabby, solitary, but basically cheerful sort, living in a seamy flat in London and subsisting on a diet of gin and airline meals. He also works for MI5. However, when he witnesses a violent crime, Harry, crooked man, decides to go straight.
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Philip Davison was born in 1957 in Dublin, where he now lives. He has written three other novels in the Harry Fielding series: The Long Suit, A Burnable Town and McKenzie's Friend; as well as the novels The Book-Thief's Heartbeat, Twist and Shout and The Illustrator. He has also written television drama. His play, The Invisible Mending Company, was performed on the Abbey Theatre's Peacock stage.From Booklist:
Forget the knee-jerk comparisons to le Carre; this oddly compelling blue-collar spy novel, the debut effort from the talented Davison, has the feel of George Higgins' Friends of Eddie Coyle--gritty, low-life pathos, tightly written and utterly unromantic. Harry Fielding is an "understrapper," a freelancer for MI5, the British equivalent of the FBI. He lives an anonymous, dreary life, spying on government types, breaking and entering, doing the odd wiretap--no "wet work" and nothing particularly important. That all changes when Harry happens to witness two murders, one involving a cabinet minister and requiring an elaborate cover-up. Gradually, Harry finds himself troubled by the corruption around him and begins to look for a way out of the morass. Tone is everything here; Harry moves as if in a self-induced trance, somewhere between Camus' Mersault and Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. Harry's London is a dreary, soul-stultifying place, and his attempt to escape seems to offer only another kind of defeat. A muted, minimalist morality tale without a moral. Bill Ott
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Book Description Vintage 1998, 1998. Book Condition: New. First edition paperback. May show some slight shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # A127108
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