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The two protagonists of the title are mid-ranking policemen operating amongst London's criminal classes, but each is plagued by dreams of elsewhere and, in the case of Hawthorn, a nightlife of visceral intensity that sits at odds with his carefully-composed placid family mask but has the habit of spilling over into his working life as a policeman. Ridgway has much to say, through showing not telling, about male violence, crowd psychology, the borders between play and abuse, and the motivations of policemen and criminals. ...

Hawthorn and Child 2013, Granta Books, London

ISBN-13: 9781847085276

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Hawthorn & Child 2013, New Directions Publishing Corporation

ISBN-13: 9780811221665

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Hawthorn and Child 2012, Granta Books, London

ISBN-13: 9781847087416

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Hawthorn and Child 2012, Granta Books, London

ISBN-13: 9781847085269

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