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The Winker by Andrew Martin

The Winker

Andrew Martin

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Imprint: Corsair
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 6 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781472153982

From 'a master of historical crime fiction' (The Guardian), The Winker is a gripping thriller that won't let you look away.

4 stars out of 5
Laura Wilson
14 Jun 2019

"immersive and highly enjoyable"

Andrew Martin’s latest novel, The Winker (Corsair, £16.99), takes place at the beginning of the 1976 summer heatwave. The titular character, pint-sized psychopath and failed pop star Lee Jones, picks people up in smoke-filled pubs before dispatching them in the hope that murder will be his path to fame (although, given the assonance, “winker” doesn’t seem a very desirable moniker). Charles Underhill, mysteriously exiled in Paris for something he did in his youth, is troubled by a series of anonymous postcards that hint at knowledge of his past, and recruits a struggling young novelist to find out who is sending them. The result is an immersive and highly enjoyable game of cat-and-mouse with perfect period texture and some nicely wry humour.

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