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Vine Street: SUNDAY TIMES Best Crime Books of the Year pick

Dominic Nolan

7 Reviews

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Crime & mystery

A dazzling literary crime novel from a CWA-nominated author as Sergeant Leon Geats - our savage yet sentimental guide to lawless 1930's Soho - dedicates himself to finding a sadistic killer; a decision that will echo for over half a century.

***BEST CRIME BOOKS OF 2021 - THE TIMES/SUNDAY TIMES***
***CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH - THE TIMES***

'Savage, beautiful, mesmeric...a very special book.' CHRIS WHITAKER, AUTHOR OF WE BEGIN AT THE END

'Extraordinary...a career-defining performance.' THE TIMES/SUNDAY TIMES

'This is crime writing of the highest quality' DAILY MAIL

SOHO, 1935.
SERGEANT LEON GEATS' PATCH.

A snarling, skull-cracking misanthrope, Geats marshals the grimy rabble according to his own elastic moral code.

The narrow alleys are brimming with jazz bars, bookies, blackshirts, ponces and tarts so when a body is found above the Windmill Club, detectives are content to dismiss the case as just another young woman who topped herself early.

But Geats - a good man prepared to be a bad one if it keeps the worst of them at bay - knows the dark seams of the city.

Working with his former partner, mercenary Flying Squad sergeant Mark Cassar, Geats obsessively dedicates himself to finding a warped killer - a decision that will reverberate for a lifetime and transform both men in ways they could never expect.

'A stirringly ambitious novel that pairs the scope of James Ellroy's LA CONFIDENTIAL with the psychological depth of Graham Greene's BRIGHTON ROCK. Extraordinary.' A. J. FINN

'A tour de force. A brilliant marriage of tension and rich detail.' HARRIET TYCE

'An epic, brutal, blockbuster of a crime novel. It's the best film noir you've never seen complete with a love story that might just rip your heart out.' TREVOR WOOD

'An enthralling tale that takes you into the seamy heart of Soho's past. Written in Nolan's visceral, muscular prose, it is a joy to read.' LESLEY KARA

'A rich, ambitious, masterpiece of a crime novel' OLIVIA KIERNAN

'Poetic and tragic...but also vibrant, with a great depth of world and character' JAMES DELARGY

Praise for Dominic Nolan:

'Nolan is set to become Britain's Michael Connelly' DAILY MAIL

'This powerhouse novel is not for the fragile-hearted...one hell of a debut' HEAT

'A smart, distinctive debut' SUNDAY MIRROR

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Praise for Vine Street: SUNDAY TIMES Best Crime Books of the Year pick

  • Savage, beautiful, mesmeric. It's impossible not to marvel at the detail, at the sheer richness of each and every scene. Dominic Nolan is a wonderful writer, Vine Street is a very special book.

  • Gleefully mixes fact and fiction to revivify history...a career-defining performance - THE TIMES - CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH

  • This is crime writing of the highest quality and deserves to be compared with the unforgettable James Ellroy - DAILY MAIL

  • A tour de force. A brilliant marriage of tension and rich detail, with Nolan's trademark turn of phrase. He writes like a dream - a dark, fevered, frenzied dream

  • An enthralling tale that takes you into the seamy heart of Soho's past. Written in Nolan's visceral, muscular prose, it is a joy to read

  • An epic, brutal, blockbuster of a crime novel. If this doesn't propel Dominic Nolan to the top table of crime writing then we should burn the table to the ground, bury the ashes and start from scratch

  • A rich, ambitious, masterpiece of a crime novel

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Dominic Nolan

Dominic Nolan lives in London. PAST LIFE is his debut novel.

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