By the time I was a few chapters into this book, I was already debating who to lend it to first and imagining how my friends would laugh at certain sections, and I can't really offer more praise than that for a book. Not your usual kind of hero, the main character is dumb, rude, treats women like trash and murders people by accident, but for some reason he's lovable and I not only wanted to find out what would happen to him, but I wanted him to come out all right in the end. If I met Blakey in real life, I wouldn't want to get within three feet of him, but reading about him is different as he's just so funny. If you like Withnail And I  [DVD
] then you will like this book too. It could develop quite a following because it's such an unusual book. Here's a small quote or two so you get the idea:
While digging up a shallow grave - 'I sang a song as I worked. The song were 'Whistle While You Work' by Snow White and the Midgets, or whatever. It were a good and happy tune and it kept us going, and the moon sang along too.'
Later, with his girlfriend, Blakey muses - 'I found it amazing how she could talk and have her tit felt at the same time. Me, I couldn't even do two things at once. That's the difference between birds and fellers.'
Now maybe those bits don't sound funny to you, but, as with Withnail and I, the more you get into the spirit of the thing, the funnier it becomes. I didn't award five stars because although the ending is funny and quite tidy in its way, it didn't entirely work for me, but really I think I would give this four and a half stars if I could.