Dusty Book: The Happy Pigs


mystery-month-2014The Happy Pigs
by Lucy Harkness is a really, really dark story.  Just so you’re forewarned.  In this grim British novel, a young policewoman defends herself against a would-be rapist, killing him accidentally.  The next day, her new boss fails to show up for his first day of work . . .

From the Booklist review: “Written by a thirtysomething London policewoman, this hard-hitting first novel is a sort of copper’s version of Bridget Jones’ Diary, albeit with a more serious theme. Cleverly written and sharply witty, the story nonetheless has a sad, empty feel as Louisa struggles with the angst of being an unfulfilled 31-year-old. A spot-on portrayal of one aspect of the contemporary urban experience and a good description of the everyday life of a London cop.”pigs

It’s kind of a jumpy narrative, but a fast read and intriguing plot—you simply must give this one to your Law and Order: SVU fans. 

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Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (2014), and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_RVnuk.

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