Re: RARA-AVIS: 1974-David Peace

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 01 Sep 2008

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    On Mon, Sep 1, 2008 at 2:43 PM, John Williams <> wrote:
    > Nathan Cain wrote:
    >> I'm in the middle of the first book of David Peace's 1974, and I've
    >> got a question. The Red Riding Quartet, of which 1974 is the first
    >> book, is billed as being set against the backdrop of the real life
    >> Yorkshire Ripper murders, so I did a little reading about that before
    >> I got too far into the book. So far, however, the events of 1974 seem
    >> entirely fictional, as they have to do with child murders and the
    >> ripper seems to have been a prostitute killer. I Googled the name
    >> Clare Kemplay, the little girl whose murder drives the book, and the
    >> only hits I got related to 1974, so I'm guessing at this point that
    >> this book is not based on a true case and the Ripper stuff comes in
    >> later in the series. Am I correct?
    > Yes, quite correct. The Ripper murders feature in all the remaining
    > three books but not in 1974 (though characters from 1974 reappear in the
    > later books).
    > John

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