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Chamber Music (Bane 2) [Kindle Edition]

Tom Benn
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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It’s Manchester, 1998, and the funeral party for Henry Bane's father is interrupted by a woman from Bane’s past. Róisín is back in his life after an eight-year absence, inconvenient for Jan, his latest flame. Róisín has brought a wounded boyfriend with her – and a lot more trouble is following them up north.

Meanwhile, a Yardie who goes by the name of ‘Hagfish’ wants to take over the local ganglords’ territory with Mary, his terrifying weapon of choice. It’s Hagfish against Bane in a new turf war: a war that will claim lives and cement vendettas. It's a conflict steeped in half-forgotten history: a history that Bane and Róisín are forever tied to – and which ties them together.

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"If The Doll Princess was a startlingly original reimagining of noir, then Benn has upped his own game. Chamber Music takes all the genre's most potent elements and makes them new and vital again." -- Cathi Unsworth Guardian "It's so good, I almost forgot to breathe." -- Tom Adair Scotsman "Superb...The result is a kind of Guy Ritchie-esque gangster comedy with infinitely more depth." -- Jake Kerridge Daily Telegraph "A startlingly new, ridiculously stylish, home-grown voice" -- Henry Sutton Daily Mirror "One of the most exciting young British novelists working in any genre." Shotsmag

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Meet Bane. Meet his ex-missus. And a crew of Yardies, and crack-addled cults, and trigger-happy drug lords...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 654 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (3 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009EQG7US
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #321,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tom Benn was born in 1987, and grew up in Stockport. He is a graduate of the UEA Creative Writing MA and was the recipient of the 2009 Malcolm Bradbury bursary. His first novel, The Doll Princess, was shortlisted for the 2012 Dylan Thomas Prize and the Portico Prize, and longlisted for the Crime Writers' Assocation's John Creasey Dagger. Chamber Music was published in 2013. Trouble Man will be published in early 2014.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, yes but brilliant all the same. 13 Jan. 2013
Format:Hardcover
I have this weekend just finished the second novel by Tom Benn featuring the wonderful `hero' Henry Bane. However, while writing this I am aware that I should be circumspect about what I write while trying to make it both interesting and truthful knowing that Tom may read this. I fear my poor skills are not up to describing this book - giving it the praise is deserves is going to be difficult. But here goes: Tom has written an excellent follow up to The Doll Princess (his first book featuring Bane) and in the same voice has increased our understanding of what makes Bane tick. Though it's not necessary to read the Doll Princess first I think it helps enormously if you do, (it's out in paperback now so no real excuse not to buy that one as well). The story has been described elsewhere on this site so I'll waste no time talking about that but what I would like to mention is the sound of this novel.

As you adapt to the style that Tom uses, you will begin to recognise a pattern, something almost musical in its form even down to sentence length and construction. It's as if each paragraph has been designed to look as well as sound like a phrase of music. I'm sure he must spend as much time looking at each word as he does working on the plot. Each sentence is like a Haiku and is fabulous for that reason. There's not one phrase to pick out or a spare word you could miss; everything is in its place. That said, this is not as easy read; there's no getting away from it, this is a violent world Bane inhabits and for the reader it is by turn dark and even on occasion comic.

Congratulations on a wonderful book Tom and if anything ever promoted me to read the next one, the final chapter in Chamber Music has done it for me. Oh and I should add that I should not be surprised to see this on a short list for the Booker - just sayin'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding 3 Mar. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Book 1 set the bar high, but this one did even better at keeping the user entertained, guessing, rewarded. By this point, I feel like I've invested so much in getting to know these characters that some of it was actually quite hard to read - I can't remember the last time I felt so involved in the story. Great stuff, couldn't put my Kindle down. Book 3 please!
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By Tonman
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this by mistake. I'd read a rave review and thought it must be something I could relate to. No chance. It's a nightmare of baby boys playing what they think are grown up games, but are childish in every respect except that other people bleed and die in them. I found little worthwhile plot and hardly any narrative drive and I hated every character, mostly because they were so thinly drawn. In fact I gave up exhausted and depressed five pages before the end.
I imagine if this is your genre, you might get something out of it, but if it's not, I would advise you to stay miles away. One for the wee boys.
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