About the book
Anytown, England. Jeremy Shepherd has reached post-ambition, giving up the trappings of his London life (flash job, flash cars, even flashier girlfriends) to move back to his home town and his parents' house. By day, he is a low-level civil servant, chained to his desk and content to idle away the hours filing and answering emails. There isn't a lot to do in a small town, but the English are very resourceful and Jeremy quickly finds a hobby that delivers lots of fresh air and exercise. By night, he prowls local car parks to indulge in altogether more challenging pursuits - anonymous sex with strangers. This is no ordinary hobby - each encounter is tinged with a definite air of danger, as police stake out each site and the cloak of anonymity brings its own risks.As the scene's night-time liaisons increasingly threaten the sensibilities of the local Daily Mail readers, things take a turn for the worse. Locals take a dislike to the illicit rendezvous and as the police step up surveillance, private pursuits risk becoming very public.
A cool, dark, sexy nightdrive of a novel. Daniel Davies writes with the detachment and insight of a new JG Ballard.
A crisp page-turner... a tale of sex in the surveillance society that picks up the challenge of Michel Houellebecq's novels.
Davies manages to make you see things through The Shep's eyes. As Alex in A Clockwork Orange sought meaning in violence, The Shep seeks it in public sex... when he meets his inevitable end, you feel a sharp sense of loss, which tells you something about the skill of this author
Davies writes lean prose. He keeps up the suspense while infusing his portrait of a celebrity-obsessed nation with laconic wit