- Taschenbuch: 232 Seiten
- Verlag: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C; Auflage: Large type edition (2. Januar 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0754091244
- ISBN-13: 978-0754091240
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 15 Kundenrezensionen
Acid Row (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Großdruck, 2. Januar 2003
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From the first page, Minette Walters assaults your sensibilities with her psychological thriller Acid Row; she grabs you hard and fast, sustains the onslaught throughout and hits you with a knock-out final blow. Straightaway she informs you that the abduction of 10-year-old Amy and the revelation that a paedophile has been relocated to Acid Row, "a place of deprivation where literacy was poor, drugs endemic and fights commonplace", and where children were left to run wild, leads to rioting and "five hours of savagery leaves three dead".
Even with this prior knowledge, Walters' skill as a novelist never leaves you complacent and nothing prepares you for the horror and tragedy of her novel's shocking denouement. Monsters and heroes are found in the most unlikely places, subverting all your preconceptions: third-time pregnant teenager Melanie incites the protest only to block the rioters when they turn violent; "Big, black" Jimmy James is just out of prison but risks his neck to save the life of an injured policewoman; and the 71-year-old asthmatic father of the so-called paedophile turns out to be more sadistic than your worst imaginings.
A page-turning novel doesn't have to be particularly well written or intelligent to hold you in its grip but occasionally one comes along with both qualities and leaves you reeling in its wake. This is it. Acid Row's numerous narratives are so tightly packed and interconnected that no detail is spurious and everything is channelled towards suspense and shattering revelations. Walters just goes from strength to strength. --Nicola Perry -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Hörkassette.
Back on form with a vengeance, this is another taut thriller from English crime queen, Minette Walters. A chance remark made in Acid Row, a run down council estate, is the nemesis for scenes of horrific violence as a peaceful protest march spirals out of control into full-scale war. GP Sophie Morrison is trapped inside a known paedophile's house with two men. Held hostage by one of them, she attempts to get word to the outside of her plight unknowing of the fact that the police are unable to assist due to all entrances to the estate being blocked by overturned and burning cars. Jimmy James, freshly released from prison, tries to avoid the trouble but is slowly but irrevocably drawn into it against his will. Melanie and her mother Gaynor, instigators of the protest, gradually come to terms with the terror of what they appear to have unleashed and DCI Tyler struggles to find answers to the missing girl's disappearance at the same time as trying to control events from outside the borders of the estate. Based on the scenes in Portsmouth during the hunt for Sarah Payne, Walters highlights the ignorance of those who opt to drop out of education and exist on a life of drugs and crime. Page-turningly tense throughout, she skips between the search for a missing ten year old girl and the scenes gradually unfolding in the fortress-like estate. From the views of those involved in the peaceful protest to those suffering at the hands of the rebel insurgents, the pace never lets up till the final, murderous ending. - Lucy Watson -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Hörkassette.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Eine junge Ärztin gerät zwischen die Fronten, als sie zu einem Notfall in das Haus eines alten Polen gerufen wird, der in der Nachbarschaft unter dem Verdacht steht, ein kleines Mädchen entführt zu haben. Eine Demonstration der Viertelbewohner vor dem Haus des Alten gerät ausser Kontrolle und auf einmal ist auch das Leben der jungen Ärztin gefährdet...
Minette Walters versteht es, den Leser mit iherer bildhaften Sprache zu fesseln. Das Buch wider aus der Hand zu legen, fällt wirklich schwer !
Ich fand's klasse!
1.) A 10-year old girl goes missing. - A police investigation ensues.
2.) Due to an indiscretion by a social health worker, inhabitants of a low-income housing project learn that a pedophile has been moved to their neighborhood; they become convinced that the man is holding the little girl captive. - A riot ensues and the police now has the choice to either continue searching for the little girl or breaking up the riot, because the British police apparently hasn't enough people on the force to do both and apparently can't call in help from other agencies.
3.) The captive is actually a doctor who belongs to the same social health service like the tattletale from plotline 2.); she isn't held by the pedophile but by his abusive 71 (!)-year old father. - Unpleasant conversations, situations, and attempted rape by the father ensue.
4.) A female police officer sent to the project to investigate a burglary collapses at the appartment where she is questioning the inhabitant. A crazy old man stuffs her into the elevator after her collapse, where she is found by a black guy who has just come out of jail and ends up being the good samaritan and savior of the day and neighborhood.
The whole story felt like one giant "don't judge a book by its cover"-bat over my head:
Don't judge the unwed teenager who is pregnant with her third child before her 20th birthday. She really has a heart of gold, and smoking and drinking do not make her a bad mother (after all she's cut down to 5 cigarettes from two packs and is only getting drunk once a week instead of every day).
Don't judge her boyfriend, the black guy just out of prison. He loves her and wants their baby to have a better life... once he's done with a couple of "deals"... Plus, as mentioned above, he saves the neighborhood.
Don't judge the mother of the missing little girl who has thrown herself at the next best man and moved in with him and his two horrible brats who bully her daughter. It turns out that the daughter is an aspiring lolita who has shacked up with her mother's ex-lover.
Don't judge the pedophile because he isn't really a pedophile; he had consensual encounters with teenage boys who came on to him, and he was prosecuted because one of the boys' parents couldn't deal with their son's homosexuality and needed someone to blame.
Don't judge the poor, the drug addicts, the criminals, or any combinations thereof. They can't help it that they are uneducated and their preferred method of escape from depression, caused by the daunting tasks of raising children on taxpayers' dollars, is to ask the social health doctor for prescription drugs and if they can't get them, they steal them (or steal to buy them). And they all have a good core (except the drugged-addled black boy with the overly religious mother and the pedophile's abusive father - he was pure evil, although he'd been abused himself).
Two thirds into the book I got tired of the message and skip-read the rest to be rewarded by a nauseatingly harmonious ending.
Not my cup of tea.
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