The Novel

Simon Coltraine is a professional musician. His brother Giles – market trader, rogue and amiable bully – is a small-time crook. When Giles is killed in a car accident Simon returns to their childhood home to confront his memories – and his own complicity in his brother’s schemes.

Martin Cooper links the sunlit sweep of England’s West Country landscapes with the grubby shadows of London’s Kentish Town Road.

Read more about the book’s Dorset settings, and its music.

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The Devil has all the best tunes.

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