Lladd Duw (Killing God)

After years in London’s criminal underworld, Jojo and his vulnerable friend Didi are on the run from their former boss, the Serbian psychopath Zlatko.  After the killing of one of Zlatko’s hitmen, Jojo instinctively makes for Gilfach, the small seaside town in Wales where as children the two friends had suffered the horrors of a home run by the sadistic Godfrey Harries, alias ‘God’.  Swapping their streetwise Cockney talk for their native Welsh, they are soon picking up the threads of life in Gilfach, which is suffering from a toxic cocktail of unemployment, rich incomers and corruption, with ‘God’ still alive and even more powerful and dangerous than before. While the fugitives become allied with a small group of local people campaigning to build a better future for the town, Jojo begins to plan his revenge on ‘God’.  But with every passing day there is increasing danger that Zlatko’s hired murderers will reach Jojo and Didi first.

In this gripping novel, winner of the 2011 Wales Book of the Year ‘People’s Choice’ contest, Dewi Prysor writes with authenticity and passion of the darker side of small Welsh communities, where deprivation is exacerbated by secret deals between developers and local officials. But that darkness is relieved by the sensitive portrayal of the damaged Jojo and Didi and a host of other memorable characters, revealing the courage of the disempowered and the capacity for good in the hardest of criminals.
 

Reviews

  • 'Dewi Prysor does not believe in going halfway. He is a literary extremist. His latest epic is a black comedy, raw and touching. Above all, it is a thriller.'

    Gwales

  • 'The manner in which the author reveals the characters’ histories is enough to bring you to tears.'

    BBC Wales

Dewi Prysor

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Publication details:

Lladd Duw (Killing God)
Y Lolfa (2010)

192pp

Translation rights:

Garmon Gruffydd
Y Lolfa, Talybont
Ceredigion SY24 5AP
Cymru/Wales, UK

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