Publication Date: 30/04/2020 ISBN: 9781911350736 Category:


Joe Thomas

Publisher: Arcadia Books
Publication Date: 30/04/2020 ISBN: 9781911350736 Category:
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Guardian Best Book of 2020
Irish Times Best Crime Fiction of 2020
Times Book of the Month
Mail on Sunday Thriller of the Month
The Spectator Crime Fiction of the Month
Crime Time Book of the Year 2020

‘Vivid, stylish, funny’ Mick Heron

The first time I met Harold Challenor, he frisked me for weapons – I was ten years old.

Bent is the explosive story of the rise and fall of SAS commando, and notorious Detective Sergeant, Harold ‘Tanky’ Challenor.

During the Second World War, Challenor was parachuted behind enemy lines into Italy and France, performing remarkable feats of bravery.

In the grimy underbelly of 1960s Soho, he was a ferocious and controversial presence, mediating between factions of club owners and racketeers, and cultivating informers.

But just how far will he go to break the protection gang that has a grip on his manor?

It can be a fine line that divides hero and villain.


‘Brilliant’ The Times
‘Feverish energy’ Guardian
‘Wonderfully vivid’ Mail on Sunday
‘Sophisticated, dizzying’ GQ
‘Vivid and visceral’ The Times
‘Superbly realised vivid and atmospheric’ Guardian
‘Original’ Mail on Sunday
‘A stylish, atmospheric treat an inspired blend of David Peace and early Pinter’ Irish Times
‘Sparse, energetic, fragmented prose’ The Spectator
‘Vibrant, colourful, and complex’ Irish Independent
‘Stylish, sharp-witted, taut. A must for modern noir fans’ NB Magazine
‘Definitive confident and energetic’ Crime Time
‘Brilliant manic energy’ Jake Arnott
‘Wildly stylish and hugely entertaining’ Lucy Caldwell
‘Vivid, stylish, funny’ Mick Herron
‘Gripping, fast-paced, darkly atmospheric’ Susanna Jones
‘Snappy, thoughtful, moving’ John King
‘Exciting, fresh, incredibly assured’ Stav Sherez
‘Happy days!’ Mark Timlin
‘Utterly brilliant’ Cathi Unsworth
‘Had James Ellroy and David Peace collaborated on a novel they’d have written something like this’ Paul Willets

Publisher Review

'Had James Ellroy and David Peace collaborated on a novel, they'd have written something like this' -- Paul Willetts 'Utterly brilliant' -- Cathi Unsworth 'Snappy, thoughtful, moving' -- John King 'Vivid, stylish, funny' -- Mick Herron 'Wildly stylish and hugely entertaining' -- Lucy Caldwell 'Brilliant' -- Jake Arnott 'Sparse, energetic, fragmented prose' -- Jeff Noon * The Spectator * 'Original' -- John Williams * Mail on Sunday * 'Vivid and visceral' -- Mark Sanderson * The Times *

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