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Author:
Richard Rayner
ISBN13:
978-0006511403
ISBN:
0006511406
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FLAMINGO; New Ed edition (1999)
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4.7
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Читай онлайн книгу Murder Book, Richard Rayner на сайте или через приложение ЛитРес Читай. I am tempted to call Rayner a thinking person’s Elmore Leonard except that would do a disservice to two fine writers’. Dense and disturbing.

Читай онлайн книгу Murder Book, Richard Rayner на сайте или через приложение ЛитРес Читай. Murder Book makes a fitting companion to LA Confidential – the book and the movie – as it walks the same emotional beat as James Ellroy’s LAPD, only forty years later’. This modern noir thriller has atmosphere to burn. a complex and meaty novel’.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The city is Los Angeles, the birthplace and terminus of the American dream, a city that has come to symbolize both heaven and hell. Billy McGrath is an enigma.

Murder Book, another novel, grew out of a time that Rayner spent riding with the Los Angeles Police Department. Most recently, in 2009, Rayner has published A Bright And Guilty Place, a non-fiction historical narrative set in Los Angeles in the late 1920s and early 1930s, featuring various true-life tabloid crimes of the era. Rayner is a prolific journalist and short-story writer. He has published in The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Esquire, The Times, The Guardian, The Observer and Granta Magazine among others.

Richard Rayner's work appears in in The New Yorker, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and other publications. He lives with his family in Los Angeles. Библиографические данные. Houghton Mifflin, 1997.

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Best Book of the YearThe Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post Los Angeles was the fastest growing city in the world, mad with oil fever, get-rich-quick schemes, and celebrity scandals. In A Bright and Guilty Place, Richard Rayner narrates the entwined lives of two men, Dave Clark and Leslie White, who were caught up in the crimes, murders, and swindles of the day.

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бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. 'About as noir as it can b.excellent' Frances Fyfield, Daily TelegraphThe 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.

Murder Book Richard Rayner. About as noir as it can b. xcellent’ Frances Fyfield, Daily TelegraphThe 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.

  • Blurb...... 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.

    I bought this when it was first published back in the late 90's having been drawn by the LA Times remark on the cover of my copy....."Neo-neo-Noir"........hell, not just Noir but Neo-neo-Noir!

    I tried reading this some years ago, but as often happens to me the book you pick up at the time doesn't suit your mood, so quickly gets returned to the shelf, whilst something more suitable steps up in place.

    Well this time around I was maybe 40 pages in and thinking.........hmmm, not too bad, and then it died on me. I must have spent a week persevering through the next 100-150 pages at which point the pace picked up again and maintained until the end.

    Okay-ish, in a sort of I don't care too much what happens manner.

    Beginning - good, long, long, middle -total grimness, last section - alright.

    Conclusions:

    Neo-neo-noir is some horrible 90's inferior version of noir and if I ever pick up another title recommended by Francis Fyfield it will be because I've suffered amnesia probably after being hit round the head by a box full of remaindered copies of Rayner's other books, if this one is anything to go by.

    2 from 5

  • Murder Book is narrated by the main character Billy McGrath, a 15 year veteran of the LAPD. There's one unusual thing about Billy. Prior to joining the force, he studied philosophy at the graduate level. That background gives him an interesting introspective voice that is put to good use in relating the book's unfolding narrative.

    Guilt ridden and depressed over the imminent move of his ex-wife and beloved daughter out of state, Billy is beginning to exhibit behavioral changes. He no longer sleeps very much and he foolishly takes risks, some of which could be interpreted as suicidal.

    Called upon to investigate the murder of Mae Richards, the mother of one of LA's most notorious drug kingpins, Billy recklessly decides to use his position to pursue agendas at odds with his sworn duty to uphold the law. As a result, some very disasterous consequences develope.

    With a number of interrelated subplots, including one about a Hollywood celebrity suspected of having killed his wife, Murder Book succeeds in grabbing onto and holding reader interest. Moreover, there are plenty of surprise plot twists and well crafted action sequences that add to the novel's substantial appeal.

    This is an intelligently written crime novel which dares to feature a protagonist who, though very articulate and insightful, is a seriously flawed human being. A solid 4 stars.

  • Billy McGrath has worked for the LAPD for fifteen years as a homicide detective. He is one of the department's top guns as he understands the street, the man, and the system better than just about anyone else. Now forty, Billy is extremely unhappy in his personal life. He still loves the woman who divorced him and would die for his daughter Lucy. Billy is assigned to investigate the murder of Mae Richards, mother of the king of ghetto crack, the legendary Prince of Darkness, Ricky Lee Richards. Ricky wants the culprit to personally avenge the murder of his mother. He bribes Billy with a million dollar deal to provide him with the name and he will do the rest. Billy sees a chance to make a buck while insuring justice is done. Being an ethical cop, can he accept a deal with the devil?
    There have been a rash of books starring LAPD of late, but this one may be the best of the lot. MURDER BOOK is a fast-paced, morally-driven novel that takes the readers into the mind of its lead character even as it journeys through the entire caste spectrum of the city. It is this multi-racial feel that moves this complex novel a notch above the norm. Richard Rayner, who has deservedly obtained critical acclaim for his previous work (LOS ANGELES WITHOUT A MAP), has written his best book to date. Fans of police procedurals need to peruse this winner.
    Harriet Klausner