Brighton Rock

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A novel by G. Greene, published 1938.

Set in Brighton in the criminal underworld of gang warfare and protection rackets, it describes the brief and tragic career of 17‐year‐old Pinkie, ‘The Boy’, whose ambition is to run a gang to rival that of the wealthy and established Colleoni. He murders a journalist called Hale, marries a 16‐year‐old girl, the downtrodden Rose (like himself a Roman Catholic), to prevent her giving evidence in court against him, and is driven to further crimes and eventual death by the almost casual pursuit of Ida, a justice‐seeking acquaintance of Hale.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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Graham Greene (1904—1991) author

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