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The Colour of Blood


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A beautifully written Hitchcockian thriller, full of suspense and intrigue. * The Colour of Blood won the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize * Reissue of Moore's best selling thriller about political tyranny. * Includes new PS section with extensive biographical notes about Brian Moore, extracts from reviews and an essay on the environment and context within which Moore was writing, which gives a sound and exciting overview of the writer and his work. * 'From his first to his last novel, Moore has an uncanny ability to imagine his way into the emotions and sexuality of his characters...there aren't many writers who do this comparably well - Flaubert, Chekhov, Julian Barnes, William Trevor come to mind.' Hermione Le

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Brian Moore was born in Belfast in 1921 and was educated there at St Malachy's College. He served during the latter part of the Second World War in North Africa, Italy and France. After the war he worked for the United Nations in Europe before emigrating to Canada in 1948, where he became a journalist and adopted Canadian citizenship. He spent some time in New York before moving to California, where he lived up until his death in January 1999.


Moore's lofty reputation stands on The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Catholics, The Doctor's Wife and other widely different novels. All, however, center on characters one cares about and remembers. In this story, the protagonist is Catholic Cardinal Stefan Bem of an unnamed communist satellite. After he is the target of an assassination, Bem is taken by security officers to a remote house for his ``protection.'' But the cardinal knows he is a prisoner, magnifying his suspicion that factions in the clergy and laity plan a demonstration against Soviet oppression at a religious ceremony only days away. Escaping the ``raincoats,'' who use desperate means to try to stop him, Bem hastens to the church, where he dons the princely robes. Thousands are gathered when the cardinal appears to prevent a riot and the murders of both the tyrants and the tyrannized. The novel surges with tensions that never relax, from the hair-trigger opening to the jarring close. (September 14)

* 'Brian Moore leads the field with a style that can only be called immaculate. The Colour of Blood is a superbly constructed suspense narrative.' Guardian * 'A Hitchcockian sequence of chases, shaken certainties, mistaken identities, masquerades, detections and escapes. Brian Moore has always shown a mastery of suspense, and having turned his hand to the political thriller he has produced something exemplary.' Sunday Telegraph * 'Surprise is the essence in this beautifully crafted novel. Brian Moore's versatility, his life-long refusal to keep writing the same book over again, is too much taken for granted. He writes simply and economically, but with a true generosity of vision.' Observer

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