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Mr. Glamour by Richard Godwin

April 12, 2012 by  •
Richard Godwin“You have made a brand of your image and now I am going to redesign you.” – Mr. Glamour

In the world of the über rich it’s all about image. Wearing the right clothes, driving the right car, dining at the right restaurants, being seen at the right hot spots and vacation locales. The fabulously wealthy know they are constantly being watched; that’s the point. See and be seen, the more conspicuously the better.

If only they knew he was watching them. Studying them. Photographing them. Obsessing over them. Mr. Glamour knows what matters to the jet set, understands their slavish dedication to brands and image. He understands because he wants it as well. And what better way to obtain what he wants and hurt those he despises than by taking it from them? He will build himself up by tearing them down and taking everything from them… including their lives.

When the bodies of London’s jet set being turning up murdered and mutilated, Detective Chief Inspector Flare and his partner Inspector Steele find themselves investigating what evolves into an increasingly horrific string of murders. And though it seems obvious the killings are linked, Flare and Steele are met with a wall of silence from those closest to the victims, the very people who may be next on the killer’s list.

Now Flare and Steele must deconstruct the pathology of a diseased mind in order to stop the gruesome killings. What they don’t realize is that doing so will also require them to look deep into the darkest corners of their own minds, and what they find there may be even more disturbing than what’s in the mind of the killer.

In last year’s Apostle Rising, author Richard Godwin’s full-length debut, Godwin served notice that his was a take no prisoners approach to crime fiction, and the recently released Mr. Glamour takes the baton from Apostle Rising and continues Godwin’s “shock and awe” writing campaign. Mr. Glamour is not as graphically violent as was Apostle Rising, which is not to say Mr. Glamour doesn’t get up to some decidedly dastardly deeds as he hacks his way through the London’s elite. But where Mr. Glamour really pushes the envelope, and pulls no punches, is in its sexual content. Even the most experienced and jaded reader of crime fiction will be hard pressed not to flinch at some of the brutal acts depicted in Mr. Glamour as Godwin explores the psychology of sexual impulses, especially those which have been repressed or distorted as a result of abuse or feelings of guilt and shame.

Muddying the waters even further, Godwin has made his protagonists Flare and Steele every bit as psychologically disturbed and complicated as the killer they are hunting, if not more so in some aspects. Both harbor dark secrets from their pasts which not only affect their ability to do their jobs, but which have also twisted their view of who they are at their very core as people. This juxtaposition makes for an interesting examination of the way different people handle similar shaping experiences and the resulting negative impulses, raising questions about what causes some people to channel their frustration and confusion into positive outlets while others are pulled down into the mouth of madness.

Indeed, Mr. Glamour is a bold piece of writing, one which both challenges readers’s perceptions as well as cements Godwin’s status as a master of the dark and disturbing.

Mr. Glamour is available from Black Jackal Books (ISBN: 978-0956711335).

Richard Godwin writes dark crime fiction and is also a produced playwright. He was born in London and obtained a BA and MA in English and American Literature from King’s College London. His works in print include “Getting High On Daisy,” published in the Drunk On The Moon series, “Face Off” in Crime Factory Issue #5, “Pike N Flytrap” in Needle Magazine, “Mother” in Tainted Tea, “Threshold Woman” in Pulp Ink, and “Blazing Aphrodite” in Lyrotica, and Piquant, Tales Of The Mustard Man. Mr. Glamour is his second novel following his acclaimed debut, Apostle Rising. His “Chin Wags At the Slaughterhouse” are interviews he has conducted with writers, and can be found on his website.



And be sure to read Richard’s guest post, “Intoxicated Reality.”

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14 Responses to “Mr. Glamour by Richard Godwin”

  1. Thanks for the great review Elizabeth.

  2. Sounds twisted! This one’s on my list.

  3. Reading Richard Godwin is like extreme sport to me. It’s scary when you do it. Makes you want to go like “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH”, but when you’re done you can’t shut up about how awesome it was. Reading MR. GLAMOUR right now and feeling its madness creep up my spine.

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  5. Thanks Christopher. Dostoyevsky wrote one of the most disturbing novels of all time, it’s a dig into the psyche.

  6. Is Mr. Glamour “dark and disturbing”? Yeah. It’s a slice (no pun intended) right out of life. No one can convince me that a murder scene doesn’t look like a murder scene out of a Richard Godwin novel. The sanitized-for-your-protection Hollywood crime scene ain’t how it is. And the dirty details of people’s lives are even messier, especially those that we think of as “good guys”.

    Richard gets it right, as he usually does, once again with Mr. Glamour.

  7. Sabrina I appreciate you reading Mr. Glamour. I do not aim to upset a reader’s sensibilities, but to tell a narrative, perhaps you can use your skills and intelligence to give a review of your own, literature has always disturbed.

    • sabrina ogden says:

      Well, I hope you know I only walked a for a few minutes at a time… I did finish the book, I was just surprised with how real it seemeed. And, yes, a review is in my future =)

      • Sabrina thanks. Reality is a pleasing word, however
        “The seasoning of the play is the applause.
        Now, though the fox be punished by the laws
        He yet doth hope there is no suffering due
        For any fact he hath done’gainst you
        If there be, censure him, here he faithful stands;
        If not, fare jovially, and clap your hands.”
        Ben Jonson, Volpone.

  8. Thanks Paul. I do appreciate it.

  9. Paul Brazill says:

    Great review. Hell of a book.

  10. sabrina ogden says:

    Wonderful review, Elizabeth… “dark and disturbing.” Agreed. Some of the content had me putting the book down and walking away. It’s definitely an interesting read.

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