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London 1985 first edition. Deutsch. Hardcover small octavo. 169p. VG end papers discolored. VG dj rubbed. ISBN 0233977562.
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In this grim, slow-moving first novel, set in a seedy British resort town, the residents of a guest house eke out a living entertaining the winter population at the town's only theater. The boarders regard each other with mutual animosity, their lives at the guest house only a shade more tolerable than their jobs as performers. Derek and Veronica are second-rate magicians, constantly bickering. Mighty Morgan is a lecherous dwarf who supplements his income with a detested job at a supermarket. Rita is a former stripper steadily going downhill. These embittered show people are regarded with contempt by stage manager Malcolm Devlin, who, as we discover halfway through the book, has murdered both a 14-year-old schoolgirl and his own mother. The murders, however, serve merely as a prism through which the author highlights the benighted town and all its churlish residents, including apathetic policemen and the unhappy entertainers. The end result is a relentlessly oppressive novel with a totally bleak view of life.
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Book Description Andre Deutsch Ltd, 1985. Condition: UsedAcceptable. book. Seller Inventory # M0233977562_4
Book Description Andre Deutsch, London, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Spine very slightly faded. Some light makings to exterior of text block. DJ has some very light shelf wear. Jacket not price clipped. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Fiction; ISBN: 0233977562. ISBN/EAN: 9780233977560. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 007704. Seller Inventory # 007704
Book Description Andre Deutsch, London, 1985. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. 1st Edition. VG+, Mild shelfwear, binding stretched at title-page, browning/VG+, Mild edgewear & some indentations, spine slightly faded. Tragicomic crime drama. Author's first novel. Jacket design by Nicky Downes. Expanded condition report/scan on request. Seller Inventory # 021493