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Christopher Petit

Author of The Psalm Killer

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Works by Christopher Petit

The Psalm Killer (1996) 173 copies
Robinson (1993) 56 copies
Back from the Dead (1999) 51 copies
The Butchers of Berlin (2016) 50 copies
The Human Pool (2003) 46 copies
The Passenger (2006) 28 copies
The Hard Shoulder (2001) 17 copies
Pale Horse Riding (2017) 17 copies
The Miss Marple Collection [12 Disc Box Set] (2012) — Director — 15 copies
Mr Wolf (2019) 8 copies
Radio On 8 copies

Associated Works

Granta 86: Film (2004) — Contributor — 205 copies
Granta 27: Death (1989) — Contributor — 153 copies
Est: Collected Reports From East Anglia (2015) — Foreword — 2 copies

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Birthdate
1949-06-17
Gender
male
Nationality
UK
Birthplace
Worcestershire, England, UK
Places of residence
London, England, UK
Occupations
film maker
novelist

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Sadly a poor imitation of Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series, set also in Berlin from the perspective of a Non-Nazi Kripo officer. The leading character in this story follows a similar beat to Bernie, with the same boss Arthur Nebe, a real character, but without the humour of Kerr's novels to leaven the dark conditions of WW2 Berlin.
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edwardsgt | 2 other reviews | Apr 27, 2024 |
I enjoy the occasional thriller, and the idea of letters from a girl long dead intrigued me enough to pick up this (inherited) novel, but I can’t claim to have liked this. The style is wandering with characters I find difficult to bring into focus. There’s no one here to root for, which is usually a requirement for a memorable protagonist. This book seems to comprise despicable, chameleon people who act pleasant, savage, angry, happy, miserable… a different way with each other each turn of the page. Undoubtedly deliberate, this makes the story feel surreal. Yet the author is well-acclaimed and has written a slew of novels. This, an earlier work, is perhaps the art of honing one’s craft. I liked the parts where the story tied in with actual events, something the author appears known for, and the total package certainly sets discordant threads thrumming in the reader’s mind. Not for those with a dislike of the need to pay close attention, and ultimately it’s a grim experience with the lead as obsessive as the wretched people who hire him. My feelings are ambiguous as this will stick in my mind a while where I would prefer it not to.… (more)
 
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SharonMariaBidwell | 2 other reviews | Jul 17, 2023 |
Detective thriller about a rockstar receiving stalker letters. Really good, its a bit weird that the detective stuff actually tends to come as a relief, because the personal lives of the characters are somehow more disturbing ;) .
The author can do a lot with a little, very short chapters. A lot of deadends or things which technically arn't connected to the main mystery but it all adds to the atmosphere and sense of realism, life is never neat :) .
I could never quite settle with this one, everything was just a little off. Changes of character perspective, changes in tone, it kept me constantly offbalance, which while not a pleasant feeling is probably what you would want from something like this :) .

Some knowledge of the Manson murders, the Rosemary's Baby film, and the death of John Lennon might all be useful.
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wreade1872 | 2 other reviews | Nov 28, 2021 |
Oddball essay type film about the M25, the London ring road, is often hard to watch due to having two images on the screen (although both are pretty boring), hard to understand due to the lack of soundtrack clarity and the accents, and ultimately an exercise in paranoia that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Read one of Sinclair's books instead.
½
 
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datrappert | Oct 11, 2021 |

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