London Fields

London Fields

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Random House, Inc.
Martin Amis’s acclaimed novel—now in a twenty-fifth-anniversary hardcover edition—is a blackly comic murder mystery about a murder that has not yet happened.

First published in 1989, LONDON FIELDS is set ten years into a dark future, against a backdrop of environmental and social decay and the looming threat of global cataclysm. As the dreaded millennium approaches, Nicola Six, a “black hole” of sex and self-loathing, attempts to orchestrate her own extinction, choosing her thirty-fifth birthday, November 5, 1999, as the date of her murder. Whom to manipulate into killing her is the question; her choice wavers between violent lowlife Keith Talent, who is obsessed with winning a darts tournament, and a dimly romantic banker named Guy Clinch. When Samson Young—a writer suffering from a long bout of writer’s block—stumbles upon these three, he believes he has found a story that will write itself. A highly unusual mystery with an unexpected twist at the end, LONDON FIELDS is also a corrosively funny narrative of pyrotechnic complexity and scalding moral vision.

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Baker & Taylor
"Martin Amis's most highly regarded novel--a blackly comic murder mystery about a murder that has not yet happened--in a full-cloth hardcover edition with silk ribbon marker. EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS. First published twenty-five years ago in 1989, London Fields is considered by many to be Amis's best novel. The narrator is an American writer living in London who has had writer's block for twenty years and is now terminally ill. The other main characters are a bored and wealthy banker, asmall-time criminal, and Nicola Six, a young woman who knows she will be murdered a few minutes after midnight on November 5, 1999, and who goes in search of her killer. Set ten years in the future, against a backdrop of environmental and social degradation and the looming threat of world instability and nuclear war, this is a highly unusual mystery with an unexpected twist at the end"--

Baker
& Taylor

"Twenty-fifth anniversary hardcover edition of Martin Amis's acclaimed novel, with a new introduction, chronology, and bibliography"--

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2014
ISBN: 9780375712524
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY AMI
Characteristics: xxxiii, 509 p. ;,22 cm.

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sillyrabbit57 Apr 12, 2013

Brilliant writer but kind of pointless. The characters are so unreal, you stop caring what happens to them.

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ralphdyer
Mar 11, 2013

Not sure what to think about this novel. Yes, at times, it seems to be brilliantly writen; but, it goes on and on and on into every tawdry detail. I just could not bother to read it in its entirety and ended up skimming it to the end.

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