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Nighttime Sweethearts eHer compelling and literate novel by thextraordinary Rupert Thomson Every novel I ve read by this author is uniue
and amusingly bizarre This author definitely has my attention For me this book continually hovered amusingly bizarre This author definitely has my attention For me this book continually hovered the verge of greatness but never uite crossed over the threshold It was still very Maternity Bride (Silhouette Desire enjoyable though Reread this book first time I read it was in 1992 and I still find it fantastic however gloomy the setting is Do read this book This is really a 45 star book and it would get five stars if the subject matter wasn t so bleak The novel is dark beautiful violent imaginative and moving and I was hooked from start to finish Rupert Thomson manages to combine wonderful writing with a plot that keeps the reader turning the page no mean achievement in itself and his descriptive passages are so good and so inventive that the book is well worth reading for those alone though it is also worth reading for other reasons not least for the strength of the characterisation particularly of Nathan and JedI often find myself skipping forward to avoid long passages of self consciously clever description in literary novels as I find they can draw so much attention to the author that they prevent me from fullyngaging with the story It can seem as if the author is so busy shouting Look what I can do or Look how much I know that this affects my ability to stay within the imaginative world of the book It s a different story with Thomson s descriptive passages both short and long His similes don t draw attention to themselves by virtue of how intellectual they are or by how much they stand out and thus interrupt the flow of the narrative rather they integrate seamlessly with the story and work to make you see and feel Events Fully As If events fully as if were being portrayed in 3 D found that I could pause to marvel at the inventive way that Thomson kept making me nod with recognition while still allowing me to remain fully immersed in the alternative universe he had created In fact I think his similes aided my sense of immersion rather than detr Rupert Thomson is one of the best English contemporary writers Read this and find out why Rupert Thomson is one of those authors whose work I normally get massively frustrated by as he comes up with a uniue intriguing premise and never manages to uite tie the idea down into a coherent novel And generally speaking I do prefer my novels to be coherent However in. S the Day of the Dead when celebrants at marzipan skulls and paint themselves blue to match the corpses on the ocean floor In Moon Beach Nathan Christie is. I read this book when I was very young too young to understand the nature of not only taking a life but making a person suffer for life This book opened my yes to the separation of personality and abnormal behavior Sometimes nice well meaning people are capable of awful things but we don t want to think about that much less imagine it We never want to find ourselves in such a predicament Presunta colpevole either Needless to say this book left an impression on me one that I can t uite shake off to this day I think if I had read this book when I was a few years older I would ve been able to appreciate its complexity and darkness and maybe handle the combination better In The Five Gates of Hell Thomson creates anntirely creepy city Moon Beach an American style metropolis on the Poisoned Secrets (Murder and Mayhem eastern coast of a large unnamed country whose chief industry is funerals Moon Beach sometimes feels like Miami sometimes like New Orleans sometimes like Mexico City complete with an annual Day of the Dead but it is always mysterious less a portrait of a real American city than a vivid hallucination of one In it he tells of the twin interlinked comings of age of the shabby genteel Nathan Christie and the petty criminal Jed Morgan and the complicated plot as the lives of Nathan and Jed cross and recross is mainly anxcuse to Safe Words explore this landscape While the city feels American many of the characters still feel British and these disparatelements noir and gothic American and British come together in the character of Neville Creed who is part funeral magnate and part Cockney crime boss sort of a cross between Vincent Price and Bob Hoskins He is also a sexual predator operating under the name of Reid as Creed he mploys and then betrays
Jed and as Reid he drugs and rapes the hapless Nathan while wearing a suit and as Reid he drugs and rapes "The Hapless Nathan While Wearing A Suit " hapless Nathan while wearing a suit of human bones The novel often reads like a collaboration between Raymond Chandler and a modern gothicist like Clive Barker or Neil GaimanThis last paragraph moving from a gothic metaphor to a cynical Chandleresue second person is a reminder that noir and gothic are near cousins and share some ssential The Black Sheeps Baby (Into The Heartland) (Into The Heartland) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, elements a palpable sense of impending doom the constant threat of violence and death and a seething often perverse sexuality All of which Thomson improbably wears as comfortably and stylishly as a trench coat and fedora or a suit of human bones It is a wild and uirky ride of the imagination both dark and unusual Anot. Moon Beach is where you go to die a place where the dead are displayed under maruees andven the sea is dotted with gravestones Once a year the city observe.
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With A Premise At Alla premise at all m not sure that Pursuit of Justice even the location or characters are that well realisedither This is a book dealing mainly with the bizarre fictional seaside location of Moon Beach a town where the gangland overlords run funeral parlours and will do anything to get to the topThe two main protagonists are Nathan a fairly middle class kid with an ill and needy father and Jed an ugly mean spirited and slightly creepy kid
the wrong side the tracks It follows both of them in alternate chapters from being teenage kids with some of the same acuaintances to the inevitable final meeting Which makes it seem like there s an inexorable path to a climactic confrontation But there s not they aren t rivals they re not friends they re both just different characters following different routes in their own separate stories involving some of the same people Nathan is the goodish guy trying to make his way through life honestly Jed is the wrong un doing anything it will take to get into the inner circle of the bad guys And they both come up close and personal to the bad guy the depiction of corrupt malevolent power that is Neville Creed the kingpin of funerals yeah I still don t get that Dangerous to Touch either It s a dreamlike fantasy None of the characters have a firm base in reality and don t have a strong vision of who or what they want to be They pretty much float along in a fugue state not understanding the world they re in and not really attempting tooither But it s such a beautifully written vague dream of a story with it s wraithlike characters not a bit of meat on their bones in the vaguely described ghost town of death It s uite uniue hugely Once Upon a Seduction (Its All About Attitude enthralling and lingers long in the memory without providing any answers and I m not sure there wasven a uestion asked to be honest LovelyFrom The Wrong Side
darkly thereal and odd i read this bookethereal and odd I read this book long time ago About twenty odd years back but I do remember its impact It has a certain odd nightmareish uality to it If you like deep psychological insights you are going to love this one I m not sure I want to talk about this bookIt was too powerful too scattered but ultimately chillingly cohesive in that perfect Rupert Thomson way too intimate too universal and too mysterious to unpack and lay bare to the dissecting knifeSome books change you Some books leave barely a breeze Every one of Rupert Thomson s books leaves me a different person. An anomaly he saves people from drowning In Moon Beach Jed Morgan is in his lement following a career that takes him from blackmail to commissioned murder