Talk of the Town by Jacob Polley

Picador

ISBN: 9780330509930

1986, the last day of the summer holidays, and Christopher Hearsey is wondering why his best mate Arthur has suddenly disappeared, and whether lippy Gill Ross a few doors down might know anything about it. The great border city of Carlisle is buzzing with rumours following an act of terrible violence, and in order to begin his search Chris must face down his own dread, not only of the consequences of his own actions but of local man Booby Grove and his psychotic sidekick Carl ‘the black’ Hole, who is keen to settle an old score.