The cinema classic was based on a book called Jack's Return Home, and many commentators agree contemporary British crime writing began with that novel. The influence of both book and film is strong to this day, reflected in the work of David Peace, Jake Arnott, Russell Lewis and the likes. But what of the man who wrote this seminal foundation work? Getting Carter is a meticulously researched and riveting account of the career of a doomed genius.
Nick Triplow is the author of the South London crime novel Frank's Wild Years.