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Something You Are (Underground) [Hardcover]

Hanna Jameson
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1 Dec 2012 Underground (Book 1)

Nic Caruana is paid to kill people. Once, he was destined for a white-collar job in a middle-class area. But like many kids, he made a fatal mistake. Now, he inhabits the bleak, dark city that runs like a seam beneath London.

His latest job is to track down the daughter of an arms dealer, using any weapon necessary to get to the truth. But Nic has fallen in love with his dangerous employer's wife. When the missing girl turns up dead, this grief-stricken mother starts playing twisted games with Nic… and this time he has nothing in his armoury to protect himself.

Taut, spare, and brilliantly plotted, Something You Are is the first in a series of menacing urban crime novels from a young female writer of exceptional talent.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (1 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908800216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908800213
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 14.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 700,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hanna Jameson's debut novel, Something You Are, was published by Head Of Zeus in December 2012, when she was twenty-two. It was nominated for a CWA Dagger Award, and she had written the first draft at just seventeen. Her second novel, Girl Seven, is published in April 2014, and she is currently working on the third novel of her London Underground series, writing beside the sea in Brighton.

Influenced by Tarantino, David Peace and Nick Cave, Q Magazine has described Jameson as writing like 'an angel on speed'. She has lived in Australia and travelled the USA, Japan and Europe with bands such as Manic Street Preachers and Kasabian.

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'Jameson writes like an angel on speed. Ellroy and sometimes Rankin walk you to the dark side brilliantly. Something You Are is no less gripping, shocking and relentless' Q magazine.

'Jameson's taut and spare narrative complements a gripping plot with unmistakable undertones of the legends of this genre, Chandler, Ellroy, Rankin' Red.

'Jameson writes in turbo-charged shorthand, her fierce, sparse prose sparking off the page. She's able to evoke a whole scene with a single detail, and she's got a gift for getting under the skin of her characters ... a great new voice on the British crime fiction scene' The Book Bag.

'accomplished and polished ... the first in a gritty and compelling series' We Love This Book.

About the Author

Hanna Jameson drafted Something You Are when she was just 17. She has lived in Australia, and travelled Europe, Japan and the USA with bands such as the Manic Street Preachers. She is studying American Literature at the University of Sussex.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something evil or something good? 4 Jan 2013
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As a debut novel by the young author, this is by no means a mean feat; that it was written when she was merely 17 years old is somewhat remarkable.

The writing, the complexity to the background of the novel and the understanding of the dialogue is brilliant. Regrettably, some of it passed me by being a rather older person. Nonetheless, it entertained in a very dramatic manner with an anti-hero in place who, I imagine, will be around for a while on the strength of this book.

As I said, some of it passed me by, especially the self-harming in such a serious way but it works well into the study of a woman on the edge in a life which hasn't dealt her the fairest of cards. Married to a 'loving' father and mother to a beautiful girl, much of this is not what it seems. So there are difficulties ahead for the main protagonist, Nic Caruana, a sort of PI with a gritty and violent streak which, at times, seems out of place. It's never quite made clear why these rages overtake him. He is called in by the father to try to locate the whereabouts of his missing daughter. Inevitably, the search becomes a hunt for the killer with Nic meeting out his idea of justice, helped along the way by a coterie of thugs, superficially disguised as friends and acquaintances.

There is a great deal of violence in this book, made all the worse for knowing the age of the author when it was written but, that aside, the book demands your attention lest you miss another twist or turn as the story unfolds.

I didn't tally up the body count, something I usually do out of idle curiosity because there was so much going on the life of Nic Caruana, be it the job or having to deal with his less than even-handed family at the same time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars You Are What You Are 20 Feb 2014
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Too much violence and family angst in this novel by Hanna Jameson. The style of writing is very modern, yet the feel of the book was 1970's for me, a time when police often stepped over the line, a time of private detectives going all out to get the result of their case.

The main character, Nic Caruana killed someone unintentionally as a young boy. It shaped his life and not for the better. He gets involved with a case involving the dead daugher of an arms dealer, Nic falls for the dealer's wife.

Nic's family are mentioned, his sister's a drug addict, his brother fighting in Afghanistan, his parents seemingly oblivious to what he does for a living.

It's basically a depressing novel. I wouldn't rush to read another from Hanna Jameson, but that's my opinion.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Violent violence.... 29 Dec 2013
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I don't think I've read a book about a Hit Man before. Given the occupation of the main character I suppose I should have expected the violence to be...well, violent but even knowing what I was getting into it was surprisingly gory. I don't know if I became desensitised to it or if I just got used to it but as the kill-count rose my reaction lessened.

It's not really all about the blood and gore though, for me it was about the character interaction and there are lots of little interactions that have a role to play in the bigger picture although they're not always instantly understood. A tighter edit would bump this up another star for me but for a debut story it's a solid read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay 17 Nov 2013
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This was quite entertaining. Pretty violent mind you,
A few of characters were somewhat unbelievable. The ending in particular seemed very unrealistic.
For a quick read, not bad.
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3.0 out of 5 stars very down to earth 16 Nov 2013
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as a lover of underground books I really looked forward tot his book but a little too much for my taste
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Mature Novel From a Young Author 16 Nov 2013
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This is a story about people who make their living working as hit men for anyone who has need of their services. Clearly their services do not come cheap but they are reliable and very efficient - generally. Nic Caruana killed a fellow youth by mistake and his Dad told the police. He did his time and is now on the market for hired killings or kickings, he does not really care much which. He is contacted by Pat Dyer, who has made his considerable fortune from arms dealing, who wants him to locate his daughter who has disappeared.

The daughter does turn up, but she has been raped, beaten and shot dead. Nic's mission becomes one of revenge, to find the perpetrator and to make him suffer...........slowly and painfully. Meanwhile Nic becomes involved with Pat's wife Clare and that leads to further complications which rather interferes with his original mission. There are unexpected twists and turns before the story wends its way to a rather gory conclusion.

Quite a lot of this is compelling, but the matter of fact way in which much of the violence takes place and some of the horrible twists make the reader feel just a little queasy. I did find it rather incredible that this was written by a 17 year old girl as this is not really the sort of story which one would expect from such a young person. However, it is a different and interesting tale and the characters are well developed. I am sure that Hanna Jameson has a great writing career ahead of her. If you enjoy stories liberally coated in blood and gore, then you will undoubtedly enjoy this novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really good reAd - if you like violence
Published 1 month ago by Laura Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting scintillating prose
This young author is going places and if there isn't a film or television series made of her book then someone is very short-sighted. Read more
Published 5 months ago by fionafrog
4.0 out of 5 stars A powerful debut from an exciting young talent
Originally written whilst a teenager, this debut thriller from Hanna Jameson left me impressed and eager to read more of her work. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ben
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
Nic Caruana is a hit-man after making a bad mistake in life. He now lives in the London underground. Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. J. Oxley
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read
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There are very few books that claw me in so much that I blitz through it in a day or two; Five People You Meet in Heaven,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by TomBlakey
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid start to a new series...
I did really enjoy this book as the hero isn't either an empty-headed chest beating alpha or a hidden genius - he's realistic guy, who could live next door to you. Read more
Published 9 months ago by AyJay
4.0 out of 5 stars gripping. modern.
One of my books of the year. Galloped along with enough I black humour and twists to keep the reader hooked. If you don't like swearing or violence probably not for you. Read more
Published 10 months ago by timmileoakseagull
5.0 out of 5 stars Very poor
Very hard nook to get into. I thought the need for so much swearing was unnecessary. I will not be looking for any more of her books!
Published 10 months ago by R. Parsons
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