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3.00218340611354 out of 53.00218340611354 out of 53.00218340611354 out of 53.00218340611354 out of 53.00218340611354 out of 5 3.00 (916 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Graham Swift Narrator: Graeme Malcolm Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2003 ISBN: 9781598873061
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Former London police detective George Webb, “booted off the force” for trying in all the wrong ways to put away the right man, is now a private investigator specializing in matrimonial cases. He has crossed a line with a client, wholly upending his own life.

By the close of this remarkable novel, which unfolds over the course of one day in George’s life and mind, we will know him intimately from his childhood secrets to his fall from grace as a cop.

In its slow and revelatory accumulation of physical and emotional detail, The Light of Day illumines the ambiguities at the heart of the most profound and inexplicable human emotions: fear and hate, love and desire.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/9/2014

    " Graham Swift at his best, a thoroughly entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann A | 1/29/2014

    " The story follows the thoughts of an ex-policeman for one day, as he remembers events from his life, particularly one that occurred two years earlier. The book keeps jumping around from past to present, and had the potential to be a mess, but I think the skilled writing of Swift makes it work. I got a little bored towards the end, but overall a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stef Smulders | 11/27/2013

    " Minimal Music of the Mind, that's what this book presents you with. Incredibly precise portrait of the thoughts of private detective Webb, during a memorial day, with several flashbacks. The author succeeds in keeping this complicated structure clear enough to be followed by the reader. Whereas the form of this prose is fascinating, the content lacks tension and the plot is rather straightforward. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 11/9/2013

    " Coming straight after Oscar Wao, this book had a lot to live up to. It's a strange novel, in that there was never a point I really felt I enjoyed it. But it was sinister and encompassing, and very interesting. It's narrated by George, a failed cop turned private detective, as he tries to deal with a serious crime committed by one of his clients, and his personal feelings towards her. It's confessional, it's complex and confused, and undoubtably human. Another really good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 10/29/2013

    " Graham Swift is a great writer, so I can't imagine giving anything he's written fewer than three stars. There is always something compelling to me about the way he observes humanity. That said, this my least favorite Swift novel (only read three of them so far). Ever After and and Last Orders were far better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 10/5/2013

    " Big fan of young Graham, ever since seeing and reading "Last Orders". This one is not in the same class, but readable, almost as a piece of detective fiction. Could have been 50 or so pages shorter in my view. Private detective, ex-copper, tells the story of his client, who murders her husband. The private dick has, of course, fallen in love with the client, who is now in prison. A bit depressing, but readable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Philippe Milot | 9/17/2013

    " An intriguing tale, but a little disappointing after reading the masterpiece that was Waterland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 9/12/2013

    " One of my all-time favourite books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe | 8/29/2013

    " Really bad, a waste of time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eva | 7/1/2013

    " I like this novel very much. It is not easy reading. But I like the way GS writes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 5/26/2013

    " Detective, murder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clay | 4/16/2013

    " a typical graham swift book which has little plot but good character development. describes a cop turned PI who falls for one of his clients, who murders her adulterous husband. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Issi | 6/27/2012

    " A bit confusing to read, especially to work out who is narrating in parts ... private detective/love story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bbail | 5/16/2012

    " (unfinished) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy Hiscock | 4/3/2012

    " It did hold my interest, but it got a bit boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corinne | 12/23/2011

    " October 2004 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 12/12/2011

    " I was getting pretty tired of this book about 3/4 of the way through, but it won me over in the end - the massive amounts of repetition and the knack Swift has for developing a character from the first person leads up to real empathy and emotion by the close of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 yh | 12/2/2011

    " A spare and tidy inversion of a noir narrative, but somehow it gets at the heart of things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 5/21/2011

    " magnificent and flawless "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 linda | 4/25/2011

    " Forgetable! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 2/20/2011

    " I liked the eloquence of the writing, but it was awfully choppy and disjointed. It was a sad plot, left unresolved, and no depth to the actual crime. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Martinxo | 1/16/2011

    " Didn't enjoy this, gave up after 30 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandyboy | 12/10/2010

    " not his best but still better than many others "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David (Dafydd) | 6/8/2010

    " Graham Swift at his best, a thoroughly entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vinita | 4/2/2010

    " I liked the writing style....at times. As the novel progressed, I was finding it a bit tedious. But I did enjoy how the chronology of the stories converged.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leora | 8/26/2009

    " I read Waterland years ago and loved it. This book - narrated by a disgraced cop who has set up shop as a private detective - is very different, but also very well written. Although the book has been criticized as lacking drama, I was profoundly affected and disturbed by the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 6/30/2009

    " Slow to get started and a little tough to follow. It pulls together as the book proceeds. However, it doesn't reach its potential for an emotional connection. "

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About the Author
Author Graham Swift

Graham Swift is the author of eight novels, including the Booker Prize–winning Last Orders and Waterland, which won the Guardian Fiction Award. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in London.

About the Narrator

Graeme Malcolm is an actor and audio narrator, winning nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has performed on Broadway as Pharaoh in Aida and as Sir Edward Ramsay in The King and I. His television appearances include Law & Order, Follow the River, and Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson (with Laurence Olivier). His film credits include A Further Gesture, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, and Reunion.