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White Mice [Paperback]

Nicholas Blincoe
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21 Feb 2002
Jamie and Louise look more like twins than brother and sister. He is nineteen and should be in college. She is twenty and already washed-up as a fashion model. But when Jamie travels with Louise to her last fashion shows in Milan and Paris, he becomes part of the entourage of Gianni Osano, an ageing designer with a flagging reputation. As Osano's career goes into free-fall and Louise's begins to re-ignite, Jamie is suddenly the brother of Europe's most talked-about model. But then Jamie learns what they are talking about...- Rumour no.1: Jamie and Louise are lovers, immersed in an incestuous affair. - Rumour no.2: Osano's collection is funded by criminals. When the shows are over, he will die. Everyone believes the rumours. As the tour finally reaches Paris, even Jamie begins to think they might be true.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (21 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340750464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340750469
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,208,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The narrator of White Mice, Jamie Greenhalgh, is an ordinary student sitting in an Arabic café near a Paris youth hostel. In one moment, a phone call from his older sister Louise, a model, propels him into the entourage of the couturier Gianni Osano. Osano is ageing, losing his touch, drinking too much. Louise and the other models swing from euphoria to despair, driven by a cocktail of cocaine, heroin and nicotine. Gianni's new partner is a sinister sub-Mafioso whose ideas for improving the Osano finances involve the theft of his Paris collection and an insurance scam. As the circus travels from Paris to Milan and then back again, Jamie is drawn ever further into circumstances and relationships that he cannot control. Blincoe's earlier novels refused to be defined by the rules of the genre (crime fiction) into which they seemed to fall. There is a similar ambivalence in White Mice. Like Jamie, Blincoe is both dazzled by the glamour of the fashion world and fascinated by the realities behind the façade. His novel is definitely not satire yet nor is it celebration. It has many of the elements of a thriller yet, for long stretches, Blincoe is more interested in character and relationships than in driving his plot forward. Like the industry amid which it is set, White Mice is glitzy, contradictory and self-consciously obsessed with style and attitude. --Nick Rennison

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'A compelling and stylish thriller' -- Cambridge Evening News

'A stylishly written glimpse into the modelling world.' -- Heat magazine

'Blincoe continues to write books as up-to-the-minute as tomorrow's newspapers ... an accomplished achievement.' -- Thomas Hodgkinson, Literary Review

'Blincoe is an excellent writer' -- Chris Power, The Times

'References to pop culture and the fashion world are perfectly integrated into the characters in this assured thriller' -- Christopher Silvester, Daily Mail

'White Mice is about all things bright and beautiful.' -- Sunday Times

A dark tour de force which marks out Nicholas Blincoe as one of the most exciting talents writing in Britain today. -- Wayne Clews, Attitude

A sleek, contemporary novel ... Blincoe captures the fast pace, the insecurity and the mounting tension as showtime nears. -- Honor Fraser, New Statesman

Blincoe continues to write books as up-to-the-minute as tomorrow's newspapers ... an accomplished achievement. -- Thomas Hodgkinson, Literary Review

References to pop culture and the fashion world are perfectly integrated into the characters in this assured thriller. -- Christopher Silvester, Daily Mail

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What the hell was that??? 13 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After several great novels about the arse-end of the British criminal underworld, Blincoe appears to have lost the plot with his latest book. The story is of the incestuous relationship between a mediocre catwalk model and her brother, an aspiring tailor, who are suddenly dragged into the limelite when rumours of their sleeping arrangements begin to circulate.
The superficial attitudes attributed to all the lead characters are straight out of Hello, there is no depth either to them or their surroundings. The overall feel of the book is that the author just couldn't be bothered.
As a first attempt this book may have been passable, but compared to Blincoe's earlier work it is awful. I still can't figure out what made a lad from Manchester think he could write properly about the international fashion scene.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What the hell was that??? 13 Sep 2002
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After several great novels about the arse-end of the British criminal underworld, Blincoe appears to have lost the plot with his latest book. The story is of the incestuous relationship between a mediocre catwalk model and her brother, an aspiring tailor, who are suddenly dragged into the limelite when rumours of their sleeping arrangements begin to circulate.
The superficial attitudes attributed to all the lead characters are straight out of Hello, there is no depth either to them or their surroundings. The overall feel of the book is that the author just couldn't be bothered.
As a first attempt this book may have been passable, but compared to Blincoe's earlier work it is awful. I still can't figure out what made a lad from Manchester think he could write properly about the international fashion scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Stuff 15 April 2003
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Nicholas Blincoe is...the king of words. I have never enjoyed reading so much before. He has such expressive language, exquisite humour and such real description, that one cannot help but enjoy the book. I read White Mice and purchased all Nicholas Blincoe books I could find. I can't satiate my appetite for his writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant stuff! 8 Mar 2003
By E. M. Bacon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you haven't read it, run like mad to the nearest bookstore. The man writes like a god. I'm thinking of a Blincoe Collection, like some sort of shrine... After reading White Mice, I want to read all his other books.
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