By (author) Michael Symmons Roberts
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Patrick's Alphabet by Michael Symmons Roberts
Book DescriptionWhen a teenage couple are found murdered in their car, a boy called Adam Sligo is the only suspect. The letter A is found blazoned on the wall at the murder scene and is soon followed, around town, by the other letters of the alphabet, each immaculately painted in red. What do the letters mean? Is Sligo playing games with the police? Or putting a spell on the town? Perry Scholes is mixed up in all this from the start: a man haunted by cars and death - and photographic images of both. He trawls the motorways and edgelands listening to police radio, getting to the car-crash or the crime scene before them. He makes a living selling these shots to the papers. He is the one who spots the painted letters, and begins to document their appearances. As the town is paralysed by fear and paranoia, a vigilante cult emerges, arming itself for the battle against evil. Perry finds himself trapped in a nightmare. A killer is at large, and the alphabetical messages he leaves seem to be personal messages for him.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099483786
(197mm x 130mm x 17mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael Symmons Roberts
Deaths of the Poets, Hardback (February 2017)
From Chatterton's Pre-Raphaelite demise to Keats' death-warrant in a smudge of arterial blood; from Dylan Thomas' eighteen straight whiskies to Sylvia Plath's desperate suicide in the gas oven of her Primrose Hill kitchen, the deaths of poets have often cast a backward shadow on their work. In this book, two poets investigate this myth.
Selected Poems, Paperback (May 2016)
Features a collection that reveals that all the strength and sensuality and strangeness is in there from the start. This is a metaphysical poetry for our age: rooted, steeped in the physical, but stretching for lyric completion, philosophical clarity, emotional truth.
Drysalter, Paperback (April 2013)
Like the medieval psalters echoed in its title, this collection of poems contains both the sacred and profane. It includes hymns of praise and lamentation, songs of wonder and despair, journeying effortlessly through physical and metaphysical landscapes, from financial markets and urban sprawl to deserts and dark nights of the soul.
Edgelands, Paperback (February 2012)» View all books by Michael Symmons Roberts
Passed through, negotiated, unacknowledged: the edgelands - those familiar yet ignored spaces which are neither city nor countryside - have become the great wild places on our doorsteps. This title describes mobile masts and gravel pits, business parks and landfill sites, taking us on a journey to marvel at these mysterious regions in our midst.
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Author Biography - Michael Symmons Roberts
Michael Symmons Roberts has published two novels and four collections of poetry, including Corpus, which won the Whitbread Poetry Award. He is a frequent collaborator with the composer James Macmillan, with whom he wrote Edgelands.
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