London is a city of secrets, a shifting, seething mass of intrigue, venality and violence, in constant cultural flux. The perfect setting for crime fiction - but how does the modern writer decode this centuries' old conurbation?
Cathi Unsworth investigates those authors who haunt certain regions of the capital – Ken Bruen’s Dirty South; Dreda Say Mitchell’s Illicit East; Derek Raymond’s West End Jungle – those, like Jake Arnott, who create epic pop histories from our forgotten past; and those, like Iain Sinclair, whose meditations on the geography of violence have inspired a different kind of crime fiction.
Along the way, she will also explore the cult writers who helped to shape these contemporary authors' visions and the clandestine vocabulary of the City of Slang.
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