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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Tonto Books (1 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955632668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955632662
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,346,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nik Jones is a teacher and occasional barman from County Durham. After being asked politely to leave Canada had little option but to attend Bath Spa University and study Creative Writing and Media Communications. It was here he started this, his first novel.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Jan 2009
Format: Paperback
...the pages of this very fine debut novel. It's a dirty read. Besmeared with blood, bodily emissions and general voyeuristic misery, 'He' our narrator, is like a shambling Mickey Rourke in the film 'Angel Heart' who finds his way to Hell via Robert De Niro - like you do...except 'He' is already in Hell, but keeps on descending. And love, love will only tear him apart. This is a repulsively funny book. Well done Mr Jones.

Mr Jones writes like William Burroughs meets Colin Bateman in Consett.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Denyse King on 5 May 2009
Format: Paperback
9987 kept me enthralled from start to finish.

I now understand why Caroline Smailes referred to it as 'Cinematic'. This is one to watch and I mean that quite literally. I wouldn't be surprised if this book was made into a movie in the next few years.

The main character is most endearingly disturbed. I know such a thing should be impossible but I challenge you to read the book without thinking the same thing...well for the first half of the novel anyway. I blame Nik Jones's skill at luring the reader into initially believing that his main character is simply a diligent worker, confused, obsessive but generally a well intentioned young man.

Eventually his darker side is revealed but by then the reader has already fallen under the spell of his gentle 'mommy's boy' alter ego. By the last chapter he is clearly, irredeemably and unlovabley psychotic. Even then Nik Jones still managed to shock me with the ending to 9987, perhaps I am too gullible or perhaps I'm not. You'll have to buy a copy and make your own mind up.

I dare you to spend an evening in after reading this without making sure your doors are locked, windows are shut and curtains pulled tightly together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Dickens on 20 Jan 2009
Format: Paperback
"Gripping, cinematic, voyeuristic. A delightfully disturbing debut." is what a reviewer has written on the cover, and I couldn't have put it better myself.

This is a truely black comedy. Although essentially it is a story about a man lost in an unfriendly and unhelpful world, it part pychological thriller, part comedy, part tragedy and - possibly - part romance. Although, a scary romance to be sure.

The first person prose and the use of present tense makes for an uncomfortable read sometimes as you sink deeper into the narrators world, but there are so many hidden details and so many visual jokes that you are easily swept along. I don't think I've read a more cinematic novel in some time.

I read this in a day. I couldn't put it down. And, hopefully, it won't be the only thing we see of Jones. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for new releases from him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Soap on 20 Jan 2009
Format: Paperback
A fantastic novel for such an inexperienced writer, and you certainly couldn't tell from reading it. 9987 reads like a run away train, gaining speed, getting faster and faster until a manic, climatic ending.

Buy it, Read it, Be horrified...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Billy Hunt on 12 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
Couldn't put this book down. Great thriller from a great new writer - the cover is amazing too, showing how dark and gritty the story is. Top marks to Mr Jones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Lamp esq on 10 Mar 2009
Format: Paperback
From the very first page of this superb debut, I was hooked..
Very dark & disturbing..
You do actually become part of the story..
It really does suck you in..
Shades of Palahniuk & Easton Ellis in there..
That said, highly original..
Recommended to all..
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