Dust and Desire

Dust and DesireConrad Williams, who is better known as a writer of horror and fantasy fiction, introduces us to ex-cop Joel Sorrel, who is scratching out a living as an investigator in London. He cruises through South London’s dives looking for a journalist’s missing brother but instead finds himself in the target sights of a demented serial killer. I knew 20 pages in that this book would be making my best of list. It is rich in atmosphere, really making the most of its location; Sorrell is a brilliant creation with a vocabulary of sarcastic rejoinders that would put Philip Marlowe to shame, and Williams displays a keen psychological insight into the conditions necessary to make a monster. Dust and Desire is just crying out for a television adaptation, but even if that doesn’t happen there are two more Sorrell novels to look forward to. You can read our review here and an interview with Williams here.

Tagged under

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *