By Ted Lewis
Never before available in the United States, “GBH,” set in mid-1970s Britain and first published in 1980, is one of the most coldly brilliant crime novels you will ever read. If you read it, that is. Ted Lewis’s last and possibly greatest work isn’t, as the old saying goes, for the faint of heart. Torture, murder, orgies, sadomasochism, porn films, massacres and not a single likable or trustworthy character aren’t precisely the stuff of best-sellerdom. Or . . . perhaps they are? ”GBH” — the initials stand for Grievous Bodily Harm, a British legal term — is a mesmerizing story of power, love, hubris and betrayal, but, above all, the portrait of a tragic villain.
SoHo Crime. 323 pp. $26.95
The coldly brilliant crime novel ‘GBH,’ by Ted Lewis