a graphic novel that runs for 74 pages, telling the story of an ordinary british couple - he works in computers. she works in marks and spencer - who, when on holiday in spain, stumble across an abandoned load of hashish. endavouring to smuggle it to britain themselves, they enlist the help of the man's brother, a locksmith who reads true crime books and loves british gangster movies, to smuggle it to britain and sell it.
How hard can it be? Well, when a squabbling pair of innocents, a never do well brother, real gangsters, the police, and british customs are all on the tail of the same thing, it's not going to go according to plan.
the pages are slightly larger than the usual graphic novel and there's a lot of dialogue and information panels on each page so there's a lot going on and a lot to take in. But that's all worth it, because this is a superbly entertaining read. Slightly exaggerated and cartoony style but very good art added to some superb character based comedy make this great fun. all the humour arises out of the actions of the characters and their various screw ups. there's a great scene where the main gangster and his henchman can't work out how to send a photo via mobile phone and his goldigging girlfriend has to show them how.
the plot does twist and turn a lot, always leaving you in doubt how things will turn out. and it pulls one very big and very clever twist in the final few page.
the writer also really knows the background to this kind of thing, as there's lots of believable stuff about how drug runners and customs operate. and it never glamourises the former.
the language and the content here means this is strictly for adults only. but it's well worth getting as it's a very entertaining read