Item description for Mary's Prayer: a novel of crime by Martyn Waites...
"London's dark heart has seldom been exposed with such surgical precision. Brutal, mesmerizing stuff."-Ian Rankin
"Waites stands out in the crowded field of young British noir writers . . . with his bruised characters, raw-edged dialogue, and extraordinary night vision."-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review "The Mercy Seat is a beautifully written and constructed thriller. . . . Raw -violence -explodes on almost every page, and there are some artfully awful villains."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Mary's Prayer is an assured, powerful debut from a writer sure to find his place in modern crime fiction. Contemporary noir with a distinctly Chandleresque flavor. A significant contribution to the genre."-Andrew Vachss
"As John Harvey did for Nottingham and George Pelecanos does for Washington, Waites uses real places in a city he knows intimately to portray an underside even many residents wouldn't recognize. Highly recommended for adult mystery collections."-Library Journal (starred review)
Disillusioned with London, journalist Stephen Larkin reluctantly accepts an assignment to cover a gangland funeral in Newcastle. While there, an old flame asks him to investigate an alleged suicide, which pushes Larkin into circumstances that spin dangerously beyond his control.
From a powerful new voice in neo-noir-and available for the first time in the United States-Pegasus Books is proud to present Martyn Waites' debut crime novel.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2006
Publisher Pegasus Books
ISBN 193364818X ISBN13 9781933648187
Availability 0 units.
More About Martyn Waites
Born and raised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Martyn Waites worked as a professional actor before becoming a writer. A former Writer in Residence at Huntercombe Young Offenders' Institution and HMP Chelmsford, he currently runs arts-based workshops for socially excluded teenagers.
Reviews - What do customers think about Mary's Prayer: a novel of crime?
Fast-paced and finely written May 14, 2005
As a devout fan of Meet Danny Wilson and noir fiction, I felt obligated to pick this up. I'm glad I did! Mr. Waites is a fine writer and keeps the narrative moving at a brisk pace. In particular, I appreciated the characters - they were all fleshed out and none seemed like stock detective-novel stereotypes.
The ending bordered on unbelievable and sometimes the fast pace made it hard to distinguish minor characters. But it's still better than many similar novels I've read, and I hope Mr. Waites continues to provide more.