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Britten and Brulightly

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Published by Jonathan Cape, part of Vintage Publishing

Format: Paperback


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EAN: 9780224077903
Published: 3 Apr 2008


About the book


'Nowadays I don't get out of bed for less than a murder. I don't get out of bed much...Until today.'

'Private Researcher' Fernández Britten is the messenger who would view being shot as a blessing. The years spent uncovering people's secret dramas and helping to confirm their darkest suspicions have taken their toll. Battered by remorse over the lives he has ruined, he clings to the hope of redemption through delivering, just once, a truth with a positive impact. It's a hope he has been clinging to for a long time.

And so Britten and his 'unconventional' partner, Brülightly, take on the case of suicide Berni Kudos. At least, suicide was the official verdict. His fiancée, Charlotte Maughton, believes his death was something more sinister.

Blackmail, revenge, murder: desperate acts are exposed, and this is no tree-lined avenue to justice. Each new revelation stirs the muddy waters of a family's dark secrets, and each fresh twist takes them further from that elusive redemption.

There are murder mysteries and there are murder mysteries, but this is a noir where nothing is black and white.

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What the critics say

An impressive debut. Set in a beautifully evoked bygone era, it's a tale of private investigation that takes its narrative queue from the writing of Dashiell Hammett and its visual styling from American film noir
- Scotland on Sunday

The plot writhes and twists, needing its drizzly, downbeat epilogue to draw together the many strings
- Guardian

Berry's ability to convey facial expressions is right on the button
- The Big Issue

About the Author

Hannah Berry is a graduate of the illustration course at Brighton University, and lives in Brighton still. She is also the author of the graphic novel Adamtine. Britten and Brulightly was highly praised and an Official Selection at Angoulême in 2010.

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