Turning Blue

Turning Blue

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The depths of winter in the isolated Yorkshire Dales and a teenage girl is missing. Steven Rutter, a destitute loner, harbours secrets. Nobody knows the bleak moors better than him, or their hiding places. Obsessive, taciturn and solitary, DS Brindle is relentless in pursuing justice. But he is not alone in his growing preoccupation with the case. Local journalist Roddy Mace has moved north from London to build a new life. Can this assignment be his redemption? As Brindle and Mace begin to prise the secrets of the case from tight-lipped locals, their investigation leads first to the pillars of the community and finally to a local celebrity and fixture of the nation's Saturday-night TV. 'Lovely Larry' Lister has his own hiding places, and his own dark tastes. A tour de force of plotting and atmosphere, 'Turning Blue' is a terrifying, gripping tale of hidden lives, and hidden deaths."A queasily compulsive evocation of a wild and brutal Yorkshire landscape, informed and haunted in equal measure by the shades of Jimmy Savile and his monstrous deeds and the East Riding's lost boy of crime fiction, Ted Lewis." Cathi Unsworth, author of 'Without the Moon' and 'Weirdo'."
Ben Myers is the master of English rural noir and with 'Turning Blue' he has created a whole new genre: folk crime. It is by turns gripping, ghastly and unputdownable. I'm already looking forward to the sequel." Paul Kingsnorth, author of 'The Wake' and 'Beast'.
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Product details

  • Paperback
  • 129 x 198 x 35mm | 332g
  • Moth Publishing
  • Houghton Le Spring, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1911356003
  • 9781911356004
  • 249,119

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"A queasily compulsive evocation of a wild and brutal Yorkshire landscape, informed and haunted in equal measure by the shades of Jimmy Savile and his monstrous deeds and the East Riding's lost boy of crime fiction, Ted Lewis." Cathi Unsworth, author of 'Without the Moon' and 'Weirdo'."Ben Myers is the master of English rural noir and with 'Turning Blue' he has created a whole new genre: folk crime. It is by turns gripping, ghastly and unputdownable. I'm already looking forward to the sequel." Paul Kingsnorth, author of 'The Wake' and 'Beast'.; "Turning Blue is cool, dark and hypnotic. As we've come to expect from Myers, landscape and nature play an important role in the book, providing the rough-hewn canvas on which Myers paints yet another gripping, shadowy portrait of humanity, and in the process proves himself one of our most interesting and original writers". Lee Bullman, Loud and Quiet.; "Myers has his own style, he is an exciting writer of extraordinary talent with an ability to weave heart-breaking tales about marginalised communities and individuals with brutal, bleak and stomach-wrenching stories". A Fiction Habit.; "I am continually excited and blown away by Myers' awesome writing. I swallowed down this book with the thirst of the seriously dehydrated. I suggest you all get the drinks in as soon as you can because Myers is the landlord serving up intoxicating fiction". A Fiction Habit.; "this compulsively readable work is driven by the same kind of grimly hypnotic thump that David Peace brought to his Red Riding Quartet" The Crack.; "The writing is masterful. The descriptive power throughout is akin to that of the best metaphysical poetry. ...to read Turning Blue is to be totally immersed, to be so engaged with the richness of the text that when reality calls and the book needs placing back on the table, you long to escape back to it. Myers creates a world that, for all its horror - and there is horror here, make no mistake - is so deep and complex that it stays with you. This is a writer who deserves a cult following". Mike Stafford Nudge-Book; "Turning Blue does work as a proper all fashioned page turner, but Myers has created a new genre - Dales Noir - with echoes of a great like James Ellroy. But it is firmly rooted in a bleak Britain we ignore because we would rather leave the search for uncomfortable truths to outsiders like Brindle and Mace". Paul Clarke, Louder than War
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About Benjamin Myers

Benjamin Myers was born in Durham. His novel 'Beastings' (2014) won the Portico Prize For Literature and a Northern Writers' Award and was longlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. Other works include 'Pig Iron' (2012), which won the Gordon Burn Prize and 'Richard' (2010), a bestseller chosen by the 'Sunday Times' as one of its books of the year. His journalism, non-ficition and poetry have also been widely published. He lives in upper Calder Valley, West Yorkshire. www.benmyers.com
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Rating details

324 ratings
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5 33% (108)
4 44% (143)
3 15% (47)
2 6% (18)
1 2% (8)
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