by Graham Swift

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Prentis, the narrator of this nightmarish novel, catalogs "dead crimes" for a branch of the London Police Department and suspects that he is going crazy. His files keep vanishing. His boss subjects him to cryptic taunts. His family despises him. And as Prentis desperately tries to hold on to the scraps of his sanity, he uncovers a conspiracy of blackmail and betrayal that extends from his department and into the buried past of his father, a war hero code-named "Shuttlecock"--and, lately, a resident of a hospital for the insane.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679739333
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/03/1992
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: 1st Vintage International ed
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Graham Swift was born in 1949 in London, where he still lives and works. He is the author of six novels, including the acclaimed Waterland, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Guardian Fiction Award. His most recent novel, Last Orders, won the 1996 Booker Prize and was an international bestseller. Graham Swift's work has been translated into more than twenty languages.

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emmakendon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A curious little number, better than The Light of Day, but not quite up to Waterland and Last Orders. Odious (and deliciously probably unreliable) narrator, but his boss Quinn's an interesting character. The father, who is in a psychiatric hospital (and visited, summoning up for the reader the mother's visit to her daughter in Last Orders) is great to meet through his book which itself becomes a main character. Not called Swift for nothing, he might have written this nearly as fast as I read it, but he's a clever, clever writer, so the unfinished strands are left as questions. I'd recommend it as a quick read.
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