By Nicola Barker
From the award-winning writer of 'Darkmans' comes a comic book epistolary novel of startling originality and wit. examining different people's letters is usually a responsible excitement. yet for 2 West Yorkshire policemen -- considering a cache of 27 undelivered missives, retrieved from a again alley at the back of the hairdresser's in Skipton -- it's additionally a task of labor. The old fashioned moorside village of Burley move has been plunged into turmoil by means of the robbery of the contents of its postbox, and whilst computing device Roger Topping takes over the case, which his higher-ranking schoolmate Sergeant Laurence Everill has up to now did not crack, his expectancies of good fortune will not be excessive. but Topping's research into the curtain-twitching lives of Jeremy Baverstock, Baxter Thorndyke, the Jonty Weiss-Quinns, Mrs Tirza Parry (widow), and a best suited array of different strange characters, won't merely discover the darkish underbelly of his scenic beat, but in addition the basic strengths of his personal personality. The denizens of Burley go inhabit a global the place everyone's secrets and techniques are worn on their sleeves, pettiness turns into epic, little is writ huge. From court cases approximately puppy shit to passive-aggressive fanmail, from biblical beginner dramatics to an public sale of can provide that is going staggeringly, horribly improper, Nicola Barker's epistolary novel is a piece of titanic comedian variety. it's also in contrast to whatever she has written ahead of. overtly mischievous and irresistibly readable, Burley move Postbox robbery is a Cranford for this day, albeit with a good dose of Tamiflu, a few dodgy sex-therapy and a whiff of cheap-smelling vodka.
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It was a longhead, naked and standing on a velvet couch. He was holding a candle which he moved slowly from right to left, tipping it over just enough to let a few globs of wax fall to the floor with each movement. ” Tommy got closer to the window and Jake then followed. Red Henry turned around in his chair. 44 “Well, would you look at that? ” Red Henry chuckled. Jake looked wide-eyed at him. “What do you mean? ” “A snapping turtle. Thing must have been a foot long. That guy was just holding it by its feet, dangling it over the floor.
Tommy threw his hands up. The car jerked to the right. He put his hands back on the wheel. “And you RAN out? Jesus Christ…” JORDAN KRALL “I’ve been in those situations before, I know what that fucking means. I’m not a complete idiot, you know. ” Jake looked at Tommy, waiting for an acknowledgement. Tommy kept his eyes on the road, careful not to get into an accident on the snowy, congested streets. ” As it came out of his mouth, he realized that his tone betrayed the message even though he believed that statement whole-heartedly.
Tommy held his hand up. ” He kept walking. Once they got to the door, they could hear the low thump of music, like a rapid heartbeat through the walls. ” Jake asked. “Gambling. Been here once, years ago with Joe Gurney. ” He opened the door and walked slowly in, cigarette smoke confronting them like a cloud. Through the smoke, they saw five tables set up in a circle each with a different casino game being played. In the middle of the circle was a small stage where tall, skinny women gyrated. All of the dancers were dressed in cowgirl outfits and wore Barbara Stanwyck masks, obviously the same ones that Jake and Tommy passed up at the ticket booth.
Burley Cross Postbox Theft by Nicola Barker