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by Cathi Unsworth


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grit and grime Cathi Unsworth’s The Singer is an epic of the punk era mixed with a detective story and a little bit of the gothic (with a conclusion straight out of Poe and Wilde).

grit and grime Cathi Unsworth’s The Singer is an epic of the punk era mixed with a detective story and a little bit of the gothic (with a conclusion straight out of Poe and Wilde). In many ways this is not a crime story (or doesn’t feel like one for most of the story) but a story of the dreamers and the damned (pun intended as that band features quite a bit in the book) of the punk generation, but Unsworth always writes like a crime novelist focusing on a street level view of history filled with.

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

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. 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.

Before the night is out, Dave Vanian will be mine!’. The results of two hours plastering and preening gazed back at her. Donna’s thick black hair had been crimped, sprayed, backcombed and bouffanted. upwards into an enormous beehive shape so that she resembled the Bride of Frankenstein. Although Bride of Dracula was more what she was aiming for, Dracula himself being the equally raven-haired singer of The Damned

Cathi Unsworth began a career in journalism at ninetten on the music weekly Sounds, and has since worked on for many music, arts, film and alternative lifestyle journals.

Twenty years ago, a fifteen-year-old schoolgirl named Corrine Woodrow was convicted of murdering one of her classmates. Cathi Unsworth began a career in journalism at ninetten on the music weekly Sounds, and has since worked on for many music, arts, film and alternative lifestyle journals.

Her most recent novel BAD PENNY BLUES was published to great critical acclaim (see details below).

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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. Twenty years later, journalist Eddie Bracknell is on the scent.

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The Singer sighed audibly. He had been annoyed by the interruption; and now, it seemed, he was to be lectured on the nature of Songs by one who knew nothing about them. Do you think it would be easier to find perfume in a knife?

The Singer sighed audibly. In fact he had been rather disappointed by the very brief treatment of the knife and by the way the Song had trailed off into poeticisms. No point in saying so, however. He had a close view of the Singer’s face in half profile and the obscured crystal of his left eye. No one knew how much he could see, whether he could see much at all. Light and dark and the bulk of shapes before him he must be able to distinguish-he had no one to guide him.

The characters and events in this book are fictitious. Any similarity to real.

A complete catalogue record for this book can. be obtained from the British Library on request. The right of Cathi Unsworth to be identified as the author of this work has been. The characters and events in this book are fictitious. persons, living or dead, is coincidental and not intended by the author. First published in 2007 by Serpent’s Tail, an imprint of Profile Books Ltd. 3A Exmouth House.

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' bass guitar and got a bloody nose. Together they formed Blood Truth, and for a while they caused a sensation wherever they went. Six months later, the band fell apart, and Vincent disappeared.

Comments: (2)

Buzatus
I'm not sure this if this is quite the "great punk novel" it's been blurbed as, but it certainly is a page-turner of a story that flirts with the crime genre and is partially set amidst England's punk and post-punk music scene of the late '70s and early '80s. The story revolves around Eddie, a 30ish slacker freelance journalist with a serious alcohol problem and few prospects beyond the next writing gig. We meet him in 2001 in the midst of a steady downward slide, when he comes up with the idea of writing a book about a forgotten band that disintegrated at the height of its popularity in 1981. What makes the story particularly compelling is that the band's singer disappeared just after his wife committed suicide, leaving a tantalizing mystery for Eddie to write about.

And thus Eddie is off, calling contacts, interviewing the former band members, managers, friends, etc. in an attempt to piece together the story of what all went wrong. His contemporary research alternates with flashbacks to the formation of the band and it's brief history. This is a sensible cut and paste technique that keeps either era from getting stale, while making the connections between the two periods stand out. It also allows the author to build in a number of cliffhanger chapter endings that keep the pages turning at a fast and furious pace. It's an awfully compelling read, as Eddie slowly gathers more and more information, and sorts through the myths, lies, and nostalgia to get at what really happened back then.

However, it's also pretty obvious that the singer is still alive and that the plot is all building up to Eddie's discovery of him, and when that does happen, it's a little anti-climactic. It's also somewhat implausible that no one would have learned where he was, especially in the aftermath of his wife's death. But you just kind of have to go with it. Eddie is also a little bit too naive, and it's equally obvious to the reader that there is someone working subtly against him, and that person's identity isn't too hard to guess (although impossible to confirm until the end). Fortunately, the rest of the characters from both periods are pretty well drawn, and it's nice to read a novel based in the music world that has interesting female characters.

On the whole, it's a pretty decent read if you're interested in the English music scene of the late '70s and early '80s, others may not find much to connect with. Unsworth is a music journalist, and she's got that angle pretty well covered. The missing persons case is reasonably well done, as Eddie pieces things together and enlists the help of a continental op. Some of the subplots aren't as successful, especially his relationship with his girlfriend of 10 years. Ultimately, I enjoyed the book (until the very end), but I can't think of very many friends I would recommend it to.
Rainpick
An excellent thriller woven in and around the punk scene in the UK in the '70s and today. Excellent characters and a plot witch carries you along all the way to the final twist.
The Singer download epub
Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Cathi Unsworth
ISBN: 1846686407
Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Language: English
Publisher: Serpent's Tail; UK ed. edition (June 1, 2008)
Pages: 448 pages