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Bent Reviews

Bent by Joe Thomas


Joe Thomas

Score pending

2 reviews

Imprint: Arcadia Books
Publisher: Arcadia Books
Publication date: 30 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781911350736
4 stars out of 5
Laura Wilson
24 Apr 2020

"a vivid and atmospheric read"

based on the life of one of 20th-century Britain’s most notorious policemen. Awarded a medal for his service in the second world war, Harold Challenor joined the Metropolitan police in the early 1950s. A zealous member of the CID, he was moved to Soho in 1962 as a detective sergeant, and became the self-appointed scourge of lowlifes, gangsters and racketeers...

Sparely written, and sharp as a well-cut suit, this is a vivid and atmospheric read.



4 stars out of 5
Mark Sanderson
18 Apr 2020

"a vivid and visceral crawl through the battlegrounds and gutters of the past"

Part memoir, part fiction, it re-imagines the life of his grandfather’s friend Harold Challenor, aka Tanky, a war hero who went too far in trying to clean up postwar Soho (usually with his fists). Challenor’s antics with the SAS in Italy are more interesting than his crime-busting crusade in London; we have been here before many times, and the sleaze of the 1960s has been described with more style by, among others, Jake Arnott. Nevertheless, Bent is a vivid and visceral crawl through the battlegrounds and gutters of the past.