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This book is one of the best books ever written. The plot unfolds perfectly as the reader is taken through countless twists and turns. Hamilton is a very clever, witty, and unique writer. The characters in this book are unforgettable and you will loathe and love every single one of them. It has a heavy, melancholic atmosphere which makes it a refreshing and unusual read. Hamilton will conjure up every single emotion you're capable of in the dark and beautiful world of George Harvey Bone's mind. His inner most thoughts are laid bare to the reader; horrific yet surprisingly human, these insights will make you want to jump inside the text and intervene, but more than anything will mean you can't put the book down. Set against a backdrop of the impending second world war, I'd recommend this book to anyone with an interest in this period. This backdrop adds to the anxiety provoking plot line and the subtly woven comments on social inequality provide the novel with depth, leaving it utterly unforgettable and an important contribution to English literature.
London 1939, and in the grimy publands of Earls Court, George Harvey Bone is pursuing a helpless infatuation with Netta who is cool, contemptuous and hopelessly desirable to George. George is adrift in hell, until something goes click in his head and he realizes that he must kill her.