British author Unsworth (The Not Knowing) delivers a gripping thriller inspired by the good old days of in-your-face post-punk rock. Bad boy singer Vincent Smith of a New Wave group patterned after the Sex Pistols disappears in 1981, at the peak of Blood Truth's fame, after his wife of six months, Sylvana, lead singer of Mood Violet, overdoses in Paris. More than 20 years later, journalist Eddie Bracknell lands a deal to write a bio of Vince, but ferreting out the truth about the rocker's mad love for Sylvana and his iconic group, whose members disliked "the New Wave goddess," becomes a fierce trip down a memory lane mosh pit squirming with vipers, liars and tricksters. The tension builds as Unsworth switches from the past to the present, bringing to dramatic life the players in this twisted tragedy. The shocking scoop on what really happened between the doomed couple finds Eddie discovering that raising the dead can come with a hefty price tag. (Feb.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The Singerby Cathi Unsworth
The legend goes like this: Vincent Smith met bandmates Stevie Mullin and Lynton Powell at a Sex Pistols concert, where he tried to kiss Sid Vicious? guitar and got a bloody nose. Together they formed Blood Simple, and for a while they made a lot of noise, a bit of money and caused a sensation wherever they went. Then Vincent eloped with Sylvana, singer for the
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The legend goes like this: Vincent Smith met bandmates Stevie Mullin and Lynton Powell at a Sex Pistols concert, where he tried to kiss Sid Vicious? guitar and got a bloody nose. Together they formed Blood Simple, and for a while they made a lot of noise, a bit of money and caused a sensation wherever they went. Then Vincent eloped with Sylvana, singer for the ethereal Mood Violet, and it all went wrong. Six months later Sylvana committed suicide, the band fell apart, and Vincent disappeared. That was 1981 and twenty years on, journalist Eddie Bracknell hopes the story of Blood Simple will be the making of him. He's got a book contract and the right contacts, it's just that he can't get the different stories he's heard to fit together, never mind trying to work out what happened to Vincent. A compelling crime novel and a very modern fable, The Singer brings the intoxicating days of punk back onstage, with all its noisy creativity and explosive violence.
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Meet the Author
Cathi Unsworth began her journalistic career at 19 while still studying at the London
College of Fashion. Headhunted by Melody Maker, she worked there as a freelance
feature writer/reviewer for several years before joining Bizarre magazine. Her own writing is
inspired by the late Derek Raymond, whom she met when she interviewed him for Melody
Maker and who encouraged her to follow the crime-writing path. She is the editor of
London Noir, a collection of London crime stories published by Serpent's Tail.
Cathi Unsworth began a career in journalism at nineteen on the music weekly Sounds, and has since worked for many music, arts, film and alternative lifestyle journals. She is the author of four other novels, Weirdo The Not Knowing , The Singer  and Bad Penny Blues, and the editor of the award-winning crime compendium London Noir, all published by Serpent's Tail. She lives in London.
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