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The Oyster House Siege [Paperback]

Jay Rayner
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13 Sep 2007
It's General Election night, 1983. The great and the good have gathered in the Jermyn Street Oyster House restaurant in central London to celebrate a Tory victory. But when two masked gunmen burst through the door and take a group of diners hostage, none of them has any idea just how hellish their night has just become. As the hours tick by, the terrified hostages grow increasingly aware that they are surrounded by glinting blades and trapped with a psychopath who can't wait to start using them. They may not be able to stand the heat, but there's little chance they'll ever get out of the kitchen...

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (13 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843545667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843545668
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'If you thought my kitchen was intimidating wait until you get a load of this one... A heart-stopping thriller.' Gordon Ramsay"

About the Author

JAY RAYNER is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who is now the Observer's restaurant critic. In 2006 he was awarded 'Critic of the Year' at the British Press Awards. He is married and lives in London. This is his fifth novel.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Needed Seasoning 18 Oct 2008
I lived for many years in Brixton, where much of the book is set, and was keenly interested in politics circa 1983 - the time frame of the book. On those counts I enjoyed it. However, once I was past the nostalga, the stodgy suet pudding of a plot and the thin soup of a narrative didn't sustain me. It was like eating lamb chops for breakfast, it might sound tasty but when it comes don't to it, it's not quite right.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 7 Mar 2007
What fun. Imagine the beleagured Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon meets Gordon Ramsay, with a delicious dollop of 80's satire. This will appeal to anyone who enjoyed Jonathan Coe's What a Carve Up. With its cracking plot, entertaining characters, wit and passion for great food, the pages flew by. I think it's one of those books that really works for men and women alike. I loved it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable! 16 Nov 2009
If this book was a meal in a restaurant it would be returned to the chef as indigestible.

The plot is poorly thought out, the characterisation is amateurish and the book is so badly written that many paragrapahs have to be read three times before a reader can grasp whet the writer meant. Any time spent reading this book is a waste!
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