The prose has an understated lilting beauty. The Hard Shoulder is a chill, crisp and eerie performance
Scotland on Sunday
Chris Petit writes with confidence, inviting the reader to breathe the smoke and smell of stale beer in a marginal and hopeless world ... he writes to great effect of the anger and loneliness of a man adrift in a world he does not recognise
Times Literary Supplement
A deliberately simple story of low-budget wheeling and dealing. An immaculately observed polythene-wrapped version of noir and a gently mocking anti-thriller that teases the conventions of the genre while deftly fulfilling our expectations
From the Same Author
Robinson is a persuader. He uses his voice to win and manipulate, and the narrator of this novel even now knows that if he were exposed to that voice again he would fall for Robinson’s charm. It led him into the night-world of Soho, of seedy pubs, sexual fantasies, upstairs rooms, violence and betrayal. But who exactly is Robinson and where else will his charms lead?