Weirdo [NOOK Book]

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Named one of the Best Crime Books of the Year by the Guardian, Weirdo is an atmospheric thriller about a teenage girl convicted of murder in a 1980s seaside town and the private investigator who reopens the case to discover that she may not have acted alone . . .

Corinne Woodrow was fifteen when she was convicted of murdering one of her classmates on a summer’s evening in 1984, a year when the teenagers of Ernemouth ran wild, dressing in black...

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Overview


Named one of the Best Crime Books of the Year by the Guardian, Weirdo is an atmospheric thriller about a teenage girl convicted of murder in a 1980s seaside town and the private investigator who reopens the case to discover that she may not have acted alone . . .

Corinne Woodrow was fifteen when she was convicted of murdering one of her classmates on a summer’s evening in 1984, a year when the teenagers of Ernemouth ran wild, dressing in black and staying out all night, listening to music that terrified their parents.

Twenty years later, new forensic evidence suggests that Corinne didn’t act alone. Private investigator Sean Ward — whose promising career as a detective with the Metropolitan Police was cut short by a teenage gangster with a gun — reopens the case, and discovers a town full of secrets, and a community that has always looked after its own.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 10/07/2013
Sean Ward, forced by injuries to retire from the Metropolitan Police, resigns himself to the dull existence of a private investigator. The opportunity to investigate an old murder case comes as a pleasant surprise. A generation ago, 15-year-old Corrine Woodrow was convicted of a gruesome murder. Now, evidence suggests that there was a second person involved. The cold case takes Sean to Ernemouth, a resort town whose inhabitants were perfectly happy to scapegoat Corrine. Few have any interest in having an embarrassing old scandal awakened, but their sullen indifference to justice pales beside the machinations of a corrupt figure willing to commit murder to shape Ernemouth in his image. Unsworth, who has been called "Queen of Noir" in her native U.K., skillfully weaves together two narratives, Ward in 2003 and the unfortunate Corrine in the early 1980s. As Ward reconstructs what happened, Corrine—outcast and victim—wanders ever closer to the violent events the reader knows must come. Unsworth casts a stark light on the unjust treatment doled out to the odd and the transgressive, in particular to women trapped in a hostile, patriarchal world. Unpleasant without being exploitative, the novel is a worthy showcase for the author's undeniable skill. Agent: Caroline Montgomery, Rupert Crew Ltd. (Oct.)
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"A worthy showcase for the author's undeniable skill." - Publisher's Weekly, starred review of Weirdo

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770893887
  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press Inc
  • Publication date: 10/7/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 761,095
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Cathi Unsworth began a career in journalism at nineteen and has since worked for many music, arts, film, and alternative lifestyle journals. She has been called “the Queen of Noir” in the United Kingdom and is the author of four novels, including The Singer and Bad Penny Blues, and the editor of the award-winning crime compendium London Noir. She lives in London, England.
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    Posted April 16, 2014

    Yogurt

    If you love yogurt, this book is 100% 4 u! If you like yoplait better than Chobani, there will most likely be a positive outlook on this book. If you're a Chob kinda gal, this book will inspire!

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