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Oh that glimpse of beautiful, sun-sparkling, inviting water. Too cold? Take a couple of laps in your imagination.

With the publication of his first novel (Nineteen Seventy Four) in 1999, British writer David Peace has been messing with the classic crime genre - disrupting plot, fragmenting character and narration, using historical events to expand on power and its forms of abuse. Most of Peace's novels render a world where the political is always in bed with corruption. Obviously inspired by James Ellroy and his fraught relation to LA, Peace's work is similarly bleak, though quintessentially British.

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