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They say the devil is in the detail and that's how it is with Charlie Wade's writing. We get to see all aspects of Jim's life as he struggles to repay the debt to his former employer. What Wade does well is the fine details. He creates a fully rounded and in depth character with Jim. His observations are often funny, witty, sarcastic and cynical sometimes all four at once.
I very much enjoyed the insights given into the character of Jim, as much as I enjoyed the events that unfolded. You can't help but feel for Jim's plight and most of those he is robbing won't miss the money. After their shared experience Jim's developing relationship with Charlotte has the reader wondering where this will go. Charlie Wade does a great job of keeping the book interesting despite his need to have to repeat some events given the nature of Jim's task.
Overall a very enjoyable novel. The author writes in a very British way and his observations in the novel would, perhaps, appeal more to a British audience. He seems to play down events in a very British fashion where our friends over the pond might be tempted to make it more visceral. This to me makes it more effective, more realistic and more enjoyable for the honesty. Charlie Wade has made his mark here with his own brand of crime fiction. I hope more follows.
Wade picks up on the immoral actions of bankers throughout giving a sense of Robin Hood to the crimes Jim commits. You're almost fooled into thinking that his many victims deserve everything they get as the tales shifts from the affluent Canary Wharf to the less glamorous back street pubs in the city.
But you know when a criminal is this bad at his job that it is only a matter of time before the handcuffs are going to be sliding back around his wrists and he's going to finish up back inside. It is the when and which of his many clumsy crimes, along with the true intentions of Charlotte that keeps you hooked.
Seven Daze is a great read for those who fancy a light-hearted crime novel that takes you on a trip round London town.
Jim's problem is his disparate failure to earn some serious money from a gangland boss - his failure turns his hoped for profit into a serious loss that needs to be made good in quick-time otherwise the underworld threatens to swallow him up in a tangle of broken limbs and a one way ticket to the bottom of the Thames.
In a world where you can trust no one Jim hooks up with what he at first believes is an attractive, rich woman that may be able to save him. It turns out they have more in common than he expected.
For a first novel Charlie Wade shows us great promise with a well researched and thought through plot. The reader is cleverly invited to keep wondering "what if it were me?". Glimpses of London's seamier side are contrasted with the high flying City folk who choose to know little of the people surviving in the "real world". At what point does criminal behaviour become legitimate, how far would you go?
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Very good read, always had me wondering what would happen next.
I hope there is a follow up.