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Mods, Brighton, Revenge, what more could you want?
on 7 July 2010
Reminiscent of those old Richard Allen pulps such as Skinhead and Suedehead, McQuaker's Die Hard Mod takes us on an uncompromising roller-coaster ride from the mean streets of Belfast to the bohemian sun-drenched Laines of Brighton. Steve the Mod has to leave Belfast after the local sectarians take a dislike to him, so he travels to the natural home of all Mods, Brighton. He soon, however, finds that it is not the hedonistic nirvana he was expecting and things go form bad to worst when several blasts from the past make an unwelcome appearance. McQuaker is a skilful writer taking us through the prose with the pace of highly tuned Lammy heading down the A47 to Great Yarmouth. He captures the sense of loss and bitterness as Steve tries to negotiate his way through this modern world in which he feels out of place wherever he goes. I highly recommend this read to fans of both the pulp genre and the Mod culture and anyone seeking simple, but hard hitting literary entertainment.