This short book is excellent. It's a series of email exchanges between Bob Servant, former owner of the largest window-cleaning round in the Western world, unemployed gigolo (by choice) and titan of the great cheeseburger van wars of the 90s and the fraudsters behind scam spam emails. The book is segmented only by the differing people who contact Bob by email, and thus a conversation ensues.
It's easy to relate to the initial emails he receives if you have ever been in possession of an email account, particularly a few years ago when firewalls aren't what they are now. Numerous emails from Africa, Russia and beyond are responded to by Bob in a variety of ways. At first I almost felt sorry for Bob, his cranky ways descending into near-insanity, with his circle of 'friends' including Frank Theplank and the other boys down the pub ridiculing him at every turn. Initially you want to scream out to him that he needs to realise these emails are a scam and that he shouldn't engage them in conversation, as he'll be sucked in. Then further into the book, it becomes clear that Bob is seeing how far he can push these spammers, and play them at their own game. Finally it dawns that he has known all along what their game was, be it a chinese organisation needing new employees in the UK ('so please forward your bank details so we can transfer payment') or a Russian blonde bombshell (picture attached) who has a sick grandmother with a list of medicine that needs paying for ('please forward bank details and address'), and he is not the gullible Bob we thought he was.
I'm not a huge book reader, and it was only by chance that I stumbled upon this book whilst looking for something else. But it has proved to be a very enjoyable read, a real page-turner which is easy to digest in chunks if you're not planning on reading it in one sitting. Bob Servant has some crazy ideas and ways but he is brought to life by the author, Neil Forsyth, making this book easily readable and laugh out loud funny.