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Plastic [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Fowler
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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'Christopher Fowler is a truly original writer. I've loved everything of his I've ever read, and with Plastic he's raised his game even higher'. --Peter James

'A breathtaking thriller set in the dark shadow of the everyday, Plastic is a razor sharp parable of modern life.' --Jake Arnott

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With a Foreword by Joanne Harris

June Cryer is a shopaholic suburban housewife trapped in a lousy marriage. After discovering her husband’s infidelity with the flight attendant next door, she loses her home, her husband and her credit rating. But there’s a solution: a friend needs a caretaker for a spectacular London high-rise apartment. It’s just for the weekend, and there’ll be money to spend in a city with every temptation on offer.

Seizing the opportunity to escape, June moves in only to find that there’s no electricity and no phone. She must flat-sit until the security system comes back on. When a terrified girl breaks into the flat and June makes the mistake of asking the neighbours for help, she finds herself embroiled in an escalating nightmare, trying to prove that a murderer exists. For the next 24 hours she must survive on the streets without friends or money and solve an impossible crime.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 676 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Solaris (28 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E7XIEN6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173,962 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Christopher Fowler was born in Greenwich, London. He is the multi award-winning author of thirty novels and ten short story collections, and the author of the Bryant & May mystery novels. His first bestseller was 'Roofworld'. Subsequent novels include 'Spanky', 'Disturbia', 'Psychoville' and 'Calabash'. His books have been optioned by Guillermo Del Toro ('Spanky') and Jude Law ('Psychoville'). He spent 25 years working in film.

He recently wrote 'Red Gloves', 25 new stories of unease to mark his first 25 years of writing. His memoir 'Paperboy' won the Green Carnation Award, and is being followed by a new volume, 'Film Freak', in April 2013. Other new books include the dark comedy-thriller 'Plastic' and 'Invisible Ink: The Mysterious Case Of The Disappearing Authors'.

He has written comedy and drama for BBC radio, including Radio One's first broadcast drama in 2005. He writes for the FT and the Independent on Sunday, Black Static magazine and many others. His graphic novel for DC Comics was the critically acclaimed 'Menz Insana'. His short story 'The Master Builder' became a feature film entitled 'Through The Eyes Of A Killer', starring Tippi Hedren and Marg Helgenberger. In the past year he has been nominated for 8 national book awards. He is the winner of the Edge Hill prize 2008 for 'Old Devil Moon', and the Last Laugh prize 2009 for 'The Victoria Vanishes'.

Christopher has achieved several pathetic schoolboy fantasies, releasing a terrible Christmas pop single, becoming a male model, writing a stage show, posing as the villain in a Batman graphic novel, running a night club, appearing in the Pan Books of Horror, and standing in for James Bond.

His short stories have appeared in Best British Mysteries, The Time Out Book Of London Short Stories, Dark Terrors, London Noir, Neon Lit, Cinema Macabre, the Mammoth Book of Horror and many others. After living in the USA and France he is now married and lives in King's Cross, London and Barcelona.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars **plastic: money, face, value** 26 Feb. 2014
By Jenny
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this book not sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. Through the eyes of a married, thirty year old female with a serious addiction to retail, the reader is propelled on a journey through 21st century life in the suburbs of London then to the epicenter itself.

Penelope June, known as June, shops using her husbands plastic credit cards to compensate for the loss of her child, her failing marriage and her lack of a job or any intellectual stimulation - she's highly intelligent. She reminds me a little of Gabby from Desperate Housewives.

She is thrown into a world of plastic surgery, sex, drugs and criminal activity that bares resemblances to American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis, except this is London. It is a very British novel, really funny and I'll definitely be ordering more of Christopher Fowler's books on Kindle.
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3.0 out of 5 stars When a book takes years...... 5 April 2014
By Elvira
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When a book takes years to come to press you know there is something not quite right about it. Yes it was written a long time ago and went through some updating before it finally came to press but really it does little to fire up the imagination. It seems out of date and even though there are modern day references it really is not worthy of the writers talent. Christopher Fowler normally writes perfect fiction here though I do not know what has happened to him. Maybe writing in a Female voice is best left to a Female.

The story plods along and has no interest I have found myself skimming the text rather than reading and enjoying the book. I want it to go somewhere but it seems to just NOT. I will not repeat any plot detail as some have already mentioned that, I feel though that the direction the book takes is a dead end, or rather that's where it starts. The opening of the book leads you to think this will be an action packed roller coaster ride, Its not.

The books Okay but it does not shine like so many others do from this writer.

I have some questions about the believability of some things in the book. Gas boilers that work without electricity? How many modern boilers work without an electric pilot light or pump to push the water up a multistory building?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, macabre. 13 Mar. 2014
By Gaby
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A gripping, macabre plot. As with all of his books he really brings London to life, adding a special dimension to the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant purchase 15 Jan. 2014
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I wish I had discovered Christopher Fowlers books earlier, I could have staggered my reading a little better. I find them difficult to put down, Many thanks for another entertaining read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great story from Christopher Fowler 27 Aug. 2013
By YeahYeahNoh TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This book really must be made into a movie.
I wasn't too sure at first, things did seem a little convoluted, but what seemed like too many coincidences made sense when I realised why June was in the room on the seventh floor. It's those little details that make this work.
Above all, it was fun, and a great way to spend a few hours with my Kindle. The (pristine) paperback will sit on my shelves alongside other books by the same author, one of only a handful to whom I give this privilege!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner 10 Sept. 2014
Great story but some typos which was a bit annoying. Great to see a brief appearance if a couple of characters from the Bryant and May series. This is a good easy to read thriller with some gruesome bits and dome laugh out loud bits.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 19 Aug. 2013
Another really clever and entertaining book from this author - what wonderful characters and a great story line. Mr Fowler really is at his best when his characters are wondering around London in nasty situations. Excellent.
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By lena
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Serious Fan of Bryant and May this book did not disappoint.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars whose books I love. But I enjoyed this book very much
different from the other books I have read by Mr. Fowler, whose books I love. But I enjoyed this book very much
Published 6 months ago by twinkle
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great Fowler book
I must have read nearly every book by Christopher Fowler and this is another fret read. I like his non Bryant & may work and whist not as brilliant as Calabash it still a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Awino
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Fowler
Forget about Bryant and May for a minute who are just unbeatable, but this is classic other Fowler, written from a woman's perspective, which is a nice twist, and adrenaline packed... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. M. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Christopher Fowler returns to his best. This novel reminded me of Spanky and Suburbia, Fowler revelling in London and it's dark underside. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amy Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
It was bought as a gift but the recipient loves it and was more than delighted to receive it.. Therefore only fair to give it a five star rating.
Published 12 months ago by June Dawes
2.0 out of 5 stars I so wanted to like this book....
but I didn`t. I wavered between 2 and 3 stars because it`s well written but settled for 2 because I just couldn`t warm to the characters or the story line. Read more
Published 12 months ago by C Cook
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Comments.
It is bitty and wanders a bit. I have enjoyed a lot of his books but he has written better.
Published 16 months ago by John Daly
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