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BRIGHTON ROCK

GRAHAM GREENE'S Pinkie is the template for a whole host of mean, brooding, angry young men that litter the gangster genre. Published in 1938, Brighton Rock still has the air of menace which many modern day gang-related books lack. Pinkie is, quite simply, terrifying. He has no moral compass. And, like in all good books of this nature, his character is in sharp contrast with Rose, the waitress who can only see the good in people and believes that Pinkie is a lost soul in need of companionship, love and guidance. What she doesn’t realise is that, rather than being motivated by a loving or sexual attraction, he is seeking a relationship with her for the sole reason of avoiding jail for a viciou

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