The Monster's Lament
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The Monster's Lament

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April 1945. While the Allied Forces administer the killing blow to Nazi Germany, at home London's teeming underworld of black marketeers, pimps, prostitutes, conmen and thieves prepare for the coming peace. But the man the newspapers call the English Monster, the self-procaimed Antichrist, Aleister Crowley, is making preparations for the future too: for his immortality. For Crowley's plan to work, he has to depend upon one of London's Most Wanted, ambitious gangland boss Tommy Fowler, who, presiding over a crumbling empire, can still get you anything you want - for a price. And what Crowley wants is a young man, Peter Tait, in Pentonville Prison under sentence of death for murder. Convinced of his innocence but unable to prove it, his only chance of survival lies in the hands of one detective struggling against the odds to win a desperate appeal that has little chance of success. The Monster's Lament is an extraordinary journey through a ruined landscape towards an ending more terrible and all-consuming than any of its participants can have imagined. When you're used to fighting monsters abroad, it is easy to overlook the monsters closer to home...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 30mm | 300g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552777102
  • 9780552777100
  • 2,120,425

About Robert Edric

Robert Edric was born in 1956. His novels include Winter Garden (1985 James Tait Black Prize winner), A New Ice Age (1986 runner-up for the 1986 Guardian Fiction Prize), The Book of the Heathen (shortlisted for the 2001 WH Smith Literary Award), Peacetime (longlisted for the Booker Prize 2002), Gathering the Water (longlisted for the Booker Prize 2006) and In Zodiac Light, which was shortlisted for the Dublin Impac Prize 2010. He lives in Yorkshire.show more

Review quote

"A wonderfully edgy piece of wartime noir" -- D.J. Taylor * Independent * "Macabre twists keep the pages turning" -- James Urquhart * Financial Times * "A masterly, highly evocative, multi-layered tale" * Mail on Sunday (Eire) * "Fabulously atmospheric" * Bookseller * "Edric's world, though often unsavoury, is also curiously compelling. Lured into its shady precincts, you're unlikely to want to leave." -- David Grylls * Sunday Times *show more

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"A masterly, highly evocative, multi-layered tale"show more

Rating details

34 ratings
2.85 out of 5 stars
5 6% (2)
4 24% (8)
3 35% (12)
2 21% (7)
1 15% (5)
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