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Jake Arnott

Classification : Thriller, Crime & Mystery
Pub Date : Jan 01, 2007
Imprint : Sceptre
Page Extent : 352
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780340818572
Price : 725

About the book

A blistering take on Cool Britannia and London's underbelly in the 1990s, the third novel in Jake Arnott's loose trilogy following The Long Firm and He Kills Coppers.

It's 1995, and crime is the new cool. Actress Julie wants none of it as she comes to terms with her hidden criminal roots. But her public-school boyfriend is going all mockney and writing the script of his 'classic British gangster movie'. Meanwhile, 'Geezer' Gaz, wannabe villain, is losing control as he preys on the Essex rave scene. And sixties gang boss Harry Starks is back to haunt them all . . .

New lads meet old lags, celebrity villains mix with media types and Cool Britannia is stripped bare in wickedly sardonic fashion. Welcome to Cruel Britannia.


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Arnott is both witty and gritty.
Arnott has a sharp sense of humour and a real concern for the consequences of crime on his characters and society.
Arnott's clever, style-conscious book is brutally authentic, yet at the same time ironically "knowing", with an almost satirical attitude to gangster entertainment and the cult of criminal celebrity. Its total readability consolidates his status as a blue-chip crime writer'.
Arnott's satire is right on the money>
Arnott delivers a beacon-bright satire . . . a literary triumph>
The popularity of Arnott's work rests on his fluent, readable style and strong storytelling. While challenging the hype surrounding the genre, he avoids hypocrisy by stopping just short of glamorising his subject matter.
The most expansive, ironical and funny novel of the series>
A rollercoaster journey through a landscape most honest, decent people wouldn't know existed . . . sparklingly witty, immensely profound . . . it should be read as a matter of urgency>
     
Jake Arnott
Born in 1961 Jake Arnott lives in London. His first novel The Long Firm was a major critical and popular success. It was subsequently made into a BBC TV series which was nominated for two BAFTA...(+)
Books by Jake Arnott
He Kills Coppers (PB)
He Kills Coppers (PB)
Johnny Come Home (PB)
The Devil's Paintbrush (PB)
The Devil's Paintbrush (PB)
The Fatal Tree (PB)
The Fatal Tree (HB)
The House of Rumour (PB)
The House of Rumour (PB)
The Long Firm (PB)
The Long Firm (PB)
The Long Firm Trilogy (PB)