Praise for Ted Lewis
"At his best, [Lewis] achieves something only a handful of crime writers ever do — the chilling sense of cosmic fatality that links noir anti-heroes to the likes of Oedipus and Macbeth."
—NPR's Fresh Air
"He is an example of how dangerous writing can really be when it is done properly, and Ted Lewis’s writing proves that he never ran away from the page. Because with Lewis, the page was the battle.”
—Derek Raymond, author of He Died with His Eyes Open
"Ted Lewis wrote brilliantly about ruthless men clinging to their humanity with mordant wit and misguided but powerful senses of honor. That these quintessentially British novels are finally available in the US is real cause for celebration."
—Scott Phillips, New York Times bestselling author of The Ice Harvest
“Ted Lewis is one of the most influential crime novelists Britain has ever produced, and his shadow falls on all noir fiction, whether on page or screen, created on these isles since his passing. I wouldn’t be the writer I am without Ted Lewis. It’s time the world rediscovered him.”
—Stuart Neville, author of The Ghosts of Belfast
“Lewis is major.”
—Max Alan Collins, author of Road to Perdition
"Ted Lewis cuts to the bone."
—James Sallis, author of Drive
"When it comes to dealing with your actual hard man, no one does it better than the late, great Ted Lewis."
"The year's big event in international noir is the republication of the Jack Carter Trilogy by England's Ted Lewis. Few crime writers could inject menace and desperation into small talk the way Lewis did, and he had a fine eye for period detail."
—The Philadelphia Inquirer
Born in 1940, Ted Lewis spent most of his youth in Barton-upon-Humber in the north of England. After graduating from Hull Art School, Lewis moved to London and first worked in advertising before becoming an animation specialist for several features, including the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. A pioneer of British noir fiction, Lewis authored nine novels, the second of which was adapted in 1971 as the now iconic Get Carter, starring Michael Caine. He wrote two other Jack Carter books, Jack Carter’s Law and Jack Carter and the Mafia Pigeon, as well as six other novels: Plender, Billy Rags, Boldt, All the Way Home and All the Night Through, The Rabbit, and his final masterpiece, GBH. Lewis died in 1982 at age 42.