Frank Prentice is languishing in a Spanish jail, having confessed to a murder he did not commit. As Charles launches his own investigation into the crime, he uncovers a vast network of drugs, pornography, and theft.
Probing the darker side of human nature, Cocaine Nights explores disturbing connections between crime and community, freedom and resignation. One of Englands most influential novelists, J. Ballard is a writer most comfortable in the land of extremes.
The borders of his vast literary territory are defined by the mesmerizing violence of Crash and the lyricism of his semi-autobiographical Empire of the Sun. Ballard sees beyond the present into a bleak and dangerous future, yet his nihilistic world is always viewed through the lens of convention. In Cocaine Nights, Ballard stretches the taut canvas of his transgressive vision over the framework of an old-fashioned mystery.
The setting is the Costa del Sol and the stylish resort of Estrella de Mar where young retirees from Europes chillier climes bask in a lifestyle of endless leisure. Into the queasy beauty of this artificial environment steps Charles Prentice, a travel writer from London who has come to visit his brother Frank, manager of the resorts Club Nautico--tennis and swim club by day, coked-up discotheque by night. Frank is in jail, having confessed to setting an explosive fire that has taken five lives. Certain that the confession was coerced, Charles wants to launch his own investigation.
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View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title A new novel by the author of Crash and Empire of the Sun--both made into feature films--features a man who finds himself drawn into a network of drugs, pornography, and murder in a Spanish resort. Review : When travel writer Charles Prentice arrives at Estrella de Mar, a resort town near Gibraltar populated primarily by British retirees, to find out why his brother Frank has been jailed, he's shocked to find that Frank has confessed to a spectacular act of arson that left five people dead.