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Hooky Gear [Kindle Edition]

Nick Barlay
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Set in the modern urban landscape of London, Nick's final book deals with another of life's strugglers, the burgler. In the frenetic opening our hero - along with his partner, Duane - bungles a simple housebreak and is caught and sent down at her Majesty's pleasure.

He emerges, years later, to find his life has fallen apart. His girlfriend has left him, he can't get a job, and the only people pleased to see him are his partners-in-crime. A return to his bad, old ways seems the only option...

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Rarely does one read writing so inventive, yet so tensed against habituation; so exuberant, but so obsessed with the business of conveying depression, hopelessness and failure. What elevates Barlay from the crowds of undistinguished caper-writers is an extraordinary facility for creating and sustaining individual voices - this is a brilliantly literary novel. (Guardian)

A disturbing peek into London's real underworld . A brilliant, haunting snapshot of a subculture which is really quite sumfink. (Big Issue in the North)

Barlay recreates the inner city's cold, closed world of deprivation, crime, drugs and violence with an expertise which recalls Chandler's expeditions to the seedier side of Hollywood. There's black humour on every page. Highly recommended. (Time Out)

Funny, poignant, oozing attitude and character, this is the final part of Barlay's urban trilogy. Hits the spot (Mirror)

Barlay's controlled and energetic demotic fixes you to the page - and it is not just the language that sets this above all other 'Geezer Chic' writing; it is the superbly bitter-sweet desperation of J. This is a fine literary novel with an ambition to be greater than a gangster-police thriller. Barlay has achieved his goal and more. (Telegraph)

Barlay is fast developing a reputation as the new Elmore Leonard. Unlike lesser urban chroniclers, Barlay refuses to romanticise the thug life. Instead his probing and flowing prose digs under the skin of nervy paranoia, self-loathing and misguided heroism. Deceptively intelligent, tragic but never sentimental, [Hooky Gear] is a welcome alternative to Guy Ritchie's slumming habits (Jockey Slut)

Brilliant ... one of the Dons of British urban writing (Diran Adebayo, Observer)

With stampeding pace, theatrical slanging matches and a murky landscape of docks and backstreets, 'Hooky Gear' injects fresh venom into the London crime thriller. (Big Issue)

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The third in Nick Barlay's critically acclaimed urban trilogy.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 828 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre; New Ed edition (25 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #449,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Nick Barlay is the author of three widely acclaimed novels, Curvy Lovebox, Crumple Zone and Hooky Gear, which mapped London's subcultures. He was mentioned in Granta's 'Best of Young British Novelists' in 2003.

His fourth novel, La Femme D'un Homme Qui (The Wife of a Man Who), was published in France by Quidam and highly praised as a masterpiece.

He has also written short stories, award-winning radio plays and wide-ranging journalism for newspapers and magazines.

'Scattered Ghosts', his first non-fiction work, explores the 200-year history of his Hungarian Jewish family. It is published by I.B.Tauris in October 2013.

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5.0 out of 5 stars addictive reading 24 Aug. 2009
By Archana
There's an incidental story in here of a thief incriminated by the ear-print he leaves on glass - listening is his trick (and his downfall). The protagonist J enters any place and listens for its workings, sniffs at its meanings. I learned to do the same, my senses sharpened by suspense and countless little shocks of wit and observation. These painful/beautiful/funny/dark poetic sparks are addictive. I relished this novel from start to finish, and didn't want it to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Service! 6 Jan. 2014
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I'm quite satisfied - the book got to me on time and it met my expectations. I will definitely shop with the sellers again.
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