Graham Greene

I’m reading a Graham Greene novel, Brighton Rock. It was first published in 1938 so it’s truly old school crime fiction. I’m reading the Vintage Classic edition, 2004, and it has a fascinating introduction by J.M. Coetzee who writes about Greene’s influences and who he in turn influenced. Coetzee points out that Greene was a very Roman Catholic writer and describes how he uses it in this story. The larger framework is that it’s a story of two organized crime units operating in Brighton, UK, although they seem more like two present day gangs without the colours or the tags.

Graham Greene’s novels that were familiar to me were two espionage stories, The Third Man and Our Man in Havana. I’m reading Brighton Rock because I keep bumping into references to it as one of the best crime fiction pieces of all time. …dh