Hello, Book Dragons! I am on holidays, and I am loving the sun, the beach and peace! I really needed this in my life. 🙂 Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for Layer Cake By J. J. Connolly and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Duckworth is republishing this novel for its 20 year anniversary. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Duckworth for the review copy.
Release date: 20 08 2020
Price*: Kindle £3.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £8.99 (GBP)
Kindle $10.88 (USD)/ Paperback $10.99 (USD)
Pages: ~ 352
My rating: I liked it
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What I learned from this book: Only the smart ones survive.
Description of the book: Layer cake (n): a metaphor for the murky layers of the criminal world.
Smooth-talking drug dealer X has a plan to quietly bankroll enough cash to retire before his thirtieth birthday. Operating under the polished veneer of a legitimate businessman, his mantra is to keep a low profile and run a tight operation until it’s time to get out.
When kingpin Jimmy Price asks him to find the wayward daughter of a wealthy socialite who’s been running around with a cokehead, he accepts the job with the promise that after this he can leave the criminal world behind with Jimmy’s blessing. Oh, and he needs to find a buyer for two million pills acquired by a crew of lowly, loud-mouth gangsters, the Yahoos. Simple enough, until an assassin arrives to scratch him off his list, revealing this job is much more than it seems at first.
From the glitz of the London club scene of the 1990’s to the underbelly of its criminal world, Layer Cake is the best in British crime fiction.
How this book made me feel: This book is not for everybody, it does require an acquired taste. It is the most British thing I read in a while. 😀
The protagonist in this book is an unnamed individual, who is a part of a criminal world in 90ies. He is intelligent, witty and a very intriguing character, and this story is told from his perspective. I enjoyed the wide variety of diverse characters chosen for this novel, and they do seem like proper “geezers”. 😀 There are plenty of names to remember, and at times I was a little confused who is who.
The narrative felt a little slow at the beginning, but the more I read, the more hooked I got. I did enjoy all the nuances of the criminal world, it has so much to offer about the real criminals, not the wannabe gangsters you see on the streets these days. The plot itself is quite layered, and it required concentration and knowledge when it comes to the slang used.
I liked the writing style of this book, it is filled with foul language, street slang, and sexual references, but at the same time it is very cleverly written, and I can see why it became a classic. It is set in London, but the setting constantly changes. The chapters are pretty long for my liking, but the book didn’t drag to me. I really liked the ending, and I think it rounded up this novel very well.
So, to conclude, as it says in the blurb, this book is great British crime fiction, filled with great characters that I would not want to meet, 😀 as well as twisty and cleverly written plot. If you are looking for something about criminals, their way of thinking and crime world, do give this book a go, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. Otherwise, watch the film, it is pretty good as well. 😀
Thank You for Your Time! ❤
About the author: JJ Connolly lives and works in London. He was born in North London to Irish immigrant parents and had an uncle who was a schoolteacher and wrote children’s stories in his spare time. JJ adapted his first book for the screen and now spends his time between novels and screenplays.
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