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This review is from: London and the South-East (Paperback)
This is a terrific novel, one of the best fiction books I've read in a while.
Szalay is a writer of great skill and assurance and produces a gripping tale. It's effectively a story in two halves, both of which gradually build the tension until they reach blackly funny and richly satisfying denouements. You'd never think strawberries could be so well used as a plot device.
There are little whiffs of David Brent, Glengarry Glen Ross and Bukowski; dialogue is totally convincing; settings are extremely well evoked, and I loved the page which is just a list of pubs the lead character has visited (sounds lame, but it works).
Funny and melancholy, observant and ingenious, London And The South-east (great title) is a fantastically compelling read.