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Nineteen Eighty-Three (Red Riding Quartet #4)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  905 ratings  ·  64 reviews
In Nineteen Eighty-Three, David Peace brings his astonishing series of riveting, gritty crime novels to a shocking conclusion. With three separate narrators whose paths are on a collision course, Peace makes a dark study of perverted justice, retribution, and urban decay. Maurice Jobson is a Yorkshire cop whose greed and corruption has rotted the police force to the core; ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published 2002)
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The cover of my edition screams 'uncompromisingly brutal' and never a truer word could have been spoken about this book, this series, this history of modern Bloody Britain, the lives of these men and the fourteen year circling of the drain that they are all irresistably sucked towards.

If two seperate narrators in 1977 wasn't good enough for you (or confusing enough for some readers for some reason) Peace comes out with both (literary) barrels loaded offering up three minor characters from the p
Black Dog Reviews
It’s impossible to talk about David Peace’s 1983 without putting into context as the final installment of the Red Riding Quartet. The first three novels in the quartet (1974, 1977, and 1980) tell the stories of both the Yorkshire Ripper and a child rapist/murderer. Each novel is told from different viewpoints from the novels before. In 1983, the story is told through three viewpoints: Maurice Jobson, high ranking police officer, John Piggott, Lawyer, and BJ, male prostitute. These three have the ...more
[Note: This is a review of the full Red Riding Quartet]

I would like to give a 5-star rating to this series but, in the end, I can't. In two brief sentences: (1) I truly enjoyed the ride but (2) I am not sure if I liked the destination.

(1) I enjoyed the ride because, stylistically, it is very addictive. David Peace's use of the "train of thought", repetitions and small phrases is lively and top-notch. The narration has good rythm, only occasionally disrupted by the memoristic burden put on the
Richard Wright
The last of the Red Riding Quartet, and probably the least satisfying. Despite being set in eighty-three, much of the plot transpires in the sixties and seventies, jumping back and forward like a hyperactive child, weaving through the plots of the previous books and recontextualising them. It's a gruelling, exhausting read, and while it just about makes a new plot out of tying up previous loose ends, the ride is by now familiar and strained. The characters are ruined and broken by the end, as yo ...more
Carole Tyrrell
This is the final book in the Red Riding Quartet and I was anticipating plenty of tying up of loose ends and perhaps a happy ending of sorts. But I knew that in Peace’s world this wasn’t how the Quartet would end. Its strands interweave and connect briefly but in some ways there’s no ending to the pain which is much truer to life.
BJ, the rent boy from 1974, re-appears as he goes on the run with Clare Morrison after the shoot-out at the Strafford Arms. A huge cover-up which dominated 1980 and it
None of the Red Riding quartet stand well on their own - they can only really be read as a collected work. The overall theme of the enormous cost in human lives and immense suffering of hypocrisy and corruption is interesting and well developed. The books use a fascinating device of shifting point of view from one novel to the next, both in terms of character and time, to develop that theme and gradually fill in the broader story. For instance, a character seen only as an antagonist in 1974 beco ...more
This finishes the quartet. I don't normally read this sort of stuff - it is uber violent and unrelentingly brutal. I wouldn't recommend it to my mother, let's put it that way.

But there's something compelling about this writer, and no matter how much I winced, I couldn't put the books down. And I guess it's also the nostalgia factor - this takes people of a certain age right back to the end of the Callaghan years to the start of the Thatcher years, when the 1970's bled into the horrible heartless
This quartet of books has been a troublesome one to review. I have read them over a number of years following my having watched the excellent Channel 4 series which was a trilogy and missed out 1977. There is no doubt that as a piece of literary fiction in the crime genre they are very good, Peace plays with the reader's sensibilities and his expectation of narrative plot, thus we are inside the heads of the characters and they are generally an appalling bunch. In the final book 1983 we see thre ...more
I'm not really sure why it's taken me so long to finish this book off. It was still as pacy and exciting as the first three novels in the Red Riding Quartet.

Perhaps I was reluctant to end this roller coaster journey and was trying to prolong the enjoyment.

1983 certainly pulls all the strands together and we see other sides to characters previously introduced.

I'm left wondering what to read next, as little will compare to this...
Well I am at the end of the darkest series of books i have read for a long time. The loose ends from the earlier books are tied up and you are quite glad to be leaving Peaces Yorkshire.This is very well written and he gets into the minds of his characters very well.Based on real events as well so you feel the power of the story telling,and it is very gripping.
Irmak Ertuna-howison
a somewhat disappointing ending to the series even though some loose ends are tied.
I...don't really know what happened here. And I was paying a reasonable amount of attention. I'm beginning to suspect, however, that this is the way its supposed to be. The point of this series is not solving "the mystery" (there may even be less of a mystery than I thought--could it be that I was paying less attention all along than I thought I was? is this supposed to be what readers experience? is this why everyone has the same name? is this why everyone knows everything and nothing? gah!), t ...more
Everything comes to a head in this final volume, and most questions are answered. Unfortunately, either my edition didn't come with the necessary codex or Peace is just not going to make it easy to understand just what the hell happened in this series after all! The answer to the biggest question (just what has been happening to the young girls who've disappeared over the years?) is either painfully simple or mind-bogglingly complex. I won't give anything away, I'm sure, by saying that there is ...more
1983 is the final book in the four part series, 1974, 1977, 1980. and 1983 about a series of grisly murders of young girls and prostitutes in the Yorkshire area of northern England taking place around the time of the real Yorkshire Ripper murder spree. The four books were made into an equally searing three part movie entitled "Red Riding" (which is another term used to describe that part of England). The movie was so well done that I felt compelled to read the books. Since there were some change ...more
Sian Wadey
Nineteen Eighty Three is the final book in the Red Riding Quartet and there's only one word to describe it. Sublime.
David Peace is a phenomenal writer. His writing style is quick, slick and draws you in. I find myself sucked into the hazy world of corrupt cops, earnest lawyers and journalists fighting for the truth.
The characters he writes are all flawed, there are no Hollywood heroes here, which makes more for the interesting read.
The narrative is led by three individuals, policeman Maurice J
"Hello from back seat hard on last bus home, one that got away and live to tell the tale...motorways and car parks, from parks and toilets, idle rich and unemployed... from pictures and tapes, murders and rapes, from whispers and rumors, cancers and tumors, from badgers and owls, wolves and swans--"

David Peace's engrossing, perplexing, haunting epic of 1970s and 1980s Yorkshire at last comes to a suitably bloody end with Nineteen Eighty-Three. Like Nineteen Seventy-Seven, this fourth and final v
In my review of ‘Nineteen Eighty’ I said that I was beginning to see how the formula of these books worked. And maybe Peace felt the same way, as this is by far the most ambitious of the tetralogy. Even having read the previous books, it was impossible for me to tell how it would end up. There are three protagonists – solicitor John Pigott, policeman Maurice Jobson and rent-boy BJ – who are, in the main, observed at different points of time but all seem to be following the same path.

This is a f
Another ugly but entrancing entry to the Red Riding series, bringing the almost decade long timeline of the series to a destructive conclusion. The narration is split between three characters this time around (previous entries have gone with one or two); it sounds impossible, given the stream-of-consciousness style of Peace's writing, but it works well if you've followed the story through the three previous novels. Peace plays around with chronology, using the characters to jump between past and ...more
Helen Billington
The final episode of David Peace's Red Riding Quartet was not disappointing. The pace of the evolving and, at the same time, untangling of the various plot lines from the previous three books kept me enthralled. In fact I was surprised that so many elements of the plot were resolved. I think I expected the horror and corruption to continue unchecked. Of course we do not find out if there is ever any justice or retribution for all of the damaged lives, death and miscarriages of justice. Will the ...more
Nineteen Eighty-Three is also not about the Yorkshire Ripper case, like the first novel in this series, Nineteen Seventy-Four. It instead follows another missing child case, similar to the ones detailed in the first novel. Unlike all of the previous novels, though, this one takes us back to before the events of the first book so that we finally get a complete picture of the entire series.

In 1983, we once again have multiple perspectives. This time it's from Det. Maurice Jobson, the Chief Superin
Patrick McCoy
The final installment of the Red Riding series, Nineteen Eighty Three, ties together all the lose thread of David Peace's tales of evil, corruption, and the battles against these forces. The novel is narrated by three different characters: Maurice Jobson a member of the corrupt Yorkshire police force with a weakening conscience, BJ a street urchin and rent boy, and John Piggot lawyer and son of a former Yorkshire cop. I guess it is inevitable that this book would be one of the high points since ...more
I'll review the entire Red Riding Quartet, since the books really compose one large narrative.

David Peace takes us into one of the bleakest worlds I've encountered even in the most hard-boiled detective literature -- northern England from 1974-1983 (with some flashes back into an equally dismal late 60s) in which a child abductor and killer is running rampant, the Yorkshire Ripper is terrorizing the region, and the police force is hopelessly corrupt and in bed with some very bad businessmen. Squ
argh. should've read this immediately after the first three of the Red Riding Quartet. lost so many names, details, histories in the intervening months. And that's tied in to my big feeling about these books: there's so much detail, so many lives and crimes and deaths intertwined over so many years, it really is astonishing and impressive. But the information is doled out in such a highly-stylized, obscured kind of way that the impact is muffled. This grand finale of a novel feels less grand bec ...more
Neil Powell
A cracking quartet of novels, but I feel a little let down by the ending to the series. It employs several clever tools to move the story along; 3 strands with 3 characters, each strand written using a different narritive style (Jobson - 1st Person, Piggott 2nd Person, BJ 3rd Person), and the way that one strand brings the story together; one set before the first novel (pre 1974), one tells the unseen tales from the end of 1974 through to the final book, and one based in the "present". These mix ...more
I probably should not have read this straight after 1980 but I was so impressed with that it was hard not to. And I'd've been even more confused had I left it a while, as to who was who. This seemed more incoherent than 1980, the brutality more relentless. Also the immediacy of the previous three was missing.
None of which probably detracts from the quartet as a whole, but did for me.
Melissa Namba
I really enjoyed reading the Red Riding Quartet though it took me a little while to really get into it because the style of writing, although very good, is not what I am accustomed to. I was engrossed with this book as much as I was with the other three. I found the narrative voices a little more interesting because they were stylistically so distinct. BJ was like a stunted little boy. I loved that the characters referred back to scenes from the past books but from their own perspective, which h ...more
Ben Peyton
It has been a very strange couple of weeks. I binge read the last three books in this series and they can put you in some dark places. This was another excellent book in the series and an awesome way to end the story. Highly recommended for those looking for a different take on crime fiction, but, again, the same warning that this isn't for the squeamish.
Patrick Neylan
With each new book in the Red Riding series, Peace pushes a bit further. In 1983, he's pushed it too far. The abstract, poetic style that worked so brilliantly in 1980 is so extreme in 1983 that almost all sense of plot and character is lost. Without a very good memory of the previous three novels, 1983 will make no sense at all. Multiple first-person accounts only add to the confusion, with the reader often left to guess whose story is being told.

The brooding squalor, corruption and brutality
Ein würdiger Abschluss des "Red Riding Quartet". Nicht ganz so verstörend, deprimierend, klaustrophobisch wie die anderen Teile, aber immer noch heftig. "1983" lesen lohnt sich allerdings nur, wenn man die anderen drei Bände auch gelesen hat, denn "1983" besteht überwiegend aus Rückblenden und so einigen Erklärungen für offen gebliebene Handlungsfäden. Allerdings bleibt doch noch einiges offen bzw. der Fantasie des Lesers überlassen.

Insgesamt ist die Tetralogie über den Yorkshire-Ripper (der übr
Apr 05, 2009 Nick rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rankin & Ellroy fans
Shelves: fiction
If you're looking for a happy ending you're looking in the wrong place. Leeds, West Riding, Yorkshire: No happy endings here, according to local boy David Peace. Rent boys, bent coppers, drugged-up lawyers and corrupt businessmen all conspire, wittingly or not, to prevent missing children from being found before it is too late. Peace's racing, clipped, but life-like, in-your-face prose has become rightly famous and allows the pace of tragedies across three decades unfold with gritty realism, car ...more
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David Peace was born in 1967 and grew up in Ossett, near Wakefield. He left Manchester Polytechnic in 1991, and went to Istanbul to teach English. In 1994 he took up a teaching post in Tokyo and now lives there with his family.

His formative years were shadowed by the activities of the Yorkshire Ripper, and this had a profound influence on him which led to a strong interest in crime. His quartet of
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Other Books in the Series

Red Riding Quartet (4 books)
  • Nineteen Seventy Four (Red Riding, #1)
  • Nineteen Seventy Seven (Red Riding, #2)
  • Nineteen Eighty (Red Riding, #3)

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