by Bill James
The past is an inescapable noose around a young man’s neck, in this blackly comic, satirical novel from renowned crime writer Bill James
Britain, 1956. A young actress seemingly tries to commit suicide over a tangled love affair, but is taken to hospital and her life saved. The story is just the sort of thing that journalist Ian Charteris likes to cover: a poignant mix of near tragedy, possible thwarted romance, and glamour, needing sensitive but – of course – dramatic treatment. It should be a routine assignment, a welcome assignment. It would be, if it wasn’t for the identity of the young woman. She may – just may – be Ian’s sister.
The unwelcome reminder of the past drags Ian back into memories of places and events he’d rather forget. As far as Ian is concerned, the past is a foreign country. And not just foreign. Fundamentally and cantankerously hostile. Vengeful, war-torn, dangerous.
It is impossible to escape the past; the noose is already around Ian’s neck, and every step he takes it tightens . . . And this is not the only noose.
Genre: Historical Crime & Mystery
“The unique and skilful way in which James uses words and his clever, diabolical plots are what make his Harpur and Illes cop series such a success. Another outstanding entry in this popular, highly original series”
“James spins an effective psychological tale of a man whose past shapes his future”
“Superbly written, with James’ unique clipped, darkly funny dialogue and brilliantly provocative prose, this is a story that will haunt and disturb readers long after they’ve read the final page”
Booklist Starred Review
Noose by Bill James is available in the following formats
|Hardback||9780727883186||30th August 2013||141 X 222mm||192||£21.99|
|Paperback||9781847514899||30th September 2014||138 X 216mm||192||£13.99|