The Singer

The Singer

by Cathi Unsworth
     
 

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“A heartbreaking elegy for the blank generation.”—Jake Arnott

“A cracking mystery.”—Guardian

Punk band Blood Truth had it all—critical acclaim, adoring fans, and a promising career. That is, until lead singer Vincent Smith disappeared, his girlfriend was found dead, and the band fell apart. Vincent has not been

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“A heartbreaking elegy for the blank generation.”—Jake Arnott

“A cracking mystery.”—Guardian

Punk band Blood Truth had it all—critical acclaim, adoring fans, and a promising career. That is, until lead singer Vincent Smith disappeared, his girlfriend was found dead, and the band fell apart. Vincent has not been seen since.

That was 1981. Twenty years later, journalist Eddie Bracknell is on the scent. He’s got a book contract and a looming deadline—now all he needs to do is figure out what happened to Vincent.

Cathi Unsworth is a former music journalist-turned-crime novelist.

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Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781852429331
Publisher:
Serpent's Tail Publishing Ltd
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

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Cathi Unsworth began her music journalistic career at age 19 when she started writing for Melody Maker. Her own writing is inspired by the late Derek Raymond, whom she met when she interviewed him for Melody Maker.

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