“Hamilton […] is a sort of urban Thomas Hardy: He is always a pleasure to read, and as social historian he is unparalleled.” —Nick Hornby
Adrift in the grimy pubs of London at the outbreak of World War II, George Harvey Bone is hopelessly infatuated with Netta, a cold, contemptuous, small-time actress. George also suffers from occasional blackouts. During these moments one thing is horribly clear: he must murder Netta.
Patrick Hamilton was born in England in 1904. By the late 1920's he was recognized as one of the most gifted and admired writers of his generation. His novels and plays of the 1930's established a wide readership in Britain and America. His play Rope was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock and his play Gaslight was a huge success on the stage before being made into a popular film starring Ingrid Bergman. Hangover Square is perhaps his best-known work, but his novel The Slaves of Solitude also enjoys great popularity. Patrick Hamilton died in 1962.