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A modern day London novel,
This review is from: Layer Cake (Paperback)
I haven't seen the film, but I have to say, this is a page-turner of a story. It tells of the gradual descent into hell of a wide-boy who went out to make a quick buck and thought he was clever enough to get out before things got too dark. He was wrong.
This novel really inspired me, because the writer has dug-deep and used the dialect and rhythm of Londoners to poetic effect. There is a real honesty of emotions and thoughts in this thriller. If you like Irvine Welsh, and anything else with an edge of gritty social realism, you'll like this too.
It is violent, but the world it inhabits is uninhibited in an animalistic way, it is a layer of London, and generally, urban life, which we, normaltons, would all rather pretend didn't exist. But it does, and here you can view it all without getting burned.