Hawksmoor

Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd

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In recent years serial killer novels and films have become something of a cliche. It`s a genre which has been done to death with only a few works standing above the herd. So Hawksmoor was a very refreshing change. A novel set in London, with two threads, one in the 1800`s and one in contemporary times. The novel opens in the period following the Great Fire of London, with one Nicholas Dyer, an assistant surveyor in scotland yard who eventually becomes an apprentice to Christopher Wren. He is commissioned to rebuilt the lost churches of London. In the present we are introduced to a series of characters, including a young boy and a vagrant, whose stories are painted with a lavish brush, before we meet the eponymous hero of the novel.

Hawksmoor is the detective investigating a series of serial killings, located in the vicinity of a number of churches across London. It is here that the various sub plots are brought together, the story centring on Hawksmoor attempts at unravelling the mystery.

All the while the story of Dyer`s architectural plans and the rebuilding of London unravel simultaneously. His true character is gradually exposed, revealing unexpected connections between the two disparate storylines.

The conclusion of the novel is both unexpected and uncomfortable, a brilliant conclusion to a work with a great psychological presence. Ackroyd brings the personalities of his characters to the fore, places them in a lushly drawn backdrop, and shows the story through their eyes.

One of the most impressive things about the novel is the way Ackroyd treats the serial killer storyline, keeping it very much in the background, shown only through the eyes of the characters and the ensuing investigation. It never dominates the proceedings, and Ackroyd instead concentrates his energy on exploring the eighteenth century events that hold a key to the present day. It is both chilling and filled with an aura of corruption, a reinvention of history and a fresh look at the present through the eyes of history.

It has been a while since I have read a novel this satisfying, an enthralling story on all levels with an ending that stays with you long after you`ve finished it.

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Peter Ackroyd (born Peter Ackroyd; born October 5, 1949, London) is a British writer, poet and literary critic. In 1971 he received his master`s degree from Cambridge University, then spent two years at Yale University. Upon his return to his homeland, he worked as an editor at The Spectator, and in 1986 he began to collaborate with the London Times, which published his book reviews. Peter Ackroyda began his career in literature with poetry: in 1973 he published his debut collection of poetry "London Lickpenny", which was soon followed by a second collection of absurdist poetry. Fame brought the writer the novels "The Great London Fire" (1982), "English Music" (1992), "Dr.

Dee`s House" (1993), "Elizabeth Cree Trial" (1995) and literary and biographical books about T.

Chatterton, Ch.

Dickens, O.

Wilde, T.S. Eliot, W.

Blake, T.

More. Peru Peter Ackroyd also owns essays on modernism and a work devoted to the study of transvestism.  Wikipedia

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Peter Ackroyd (born Peter Ackroyd; born October 5, 1949, London) is a British writer, poet and literary critic. In 1971 he received his master`s degree from Cambridge University, then spent two years at Yale University. Upon his return to his homeland, he worked as an editor at The Spectator, and in 1986 he began to collaborate with the London Times, which published his book reviews. Peter Ackroyda began his career in literature with poetry: in 1973 he published his debut collection of poetry "London Lickpenny", which was soon followed by a second collection of absurdist poetry. Fame brought the writer the novels "The Great London Fire" (1982), "English Music" (1992), "Dr. Dee`s House" (1993), "Elizabeth Cree Trial" (1995) and literary and biographical books about T. Chatterton, Ch. Dickens, O. Wilde, T.S. Eliot, W. Blake, T. More. Peru Peter Ackroyd also owns essays on modernism and a work devoted to the study of transvestism.  Wikipedia