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Audacious writing puts a thrilling gloss on a conventional crime tale
The journalist Jamie Jackson has had a thriving career writing about football for the Guardian, but it is now clear that he also has the makings of a fine comic crime novelist.
At least, his alter ego Jamie Paradise does on the evidence of this rip-roaring debut novel, set amid the noise, colour and occasional violence of London, pre-Christmas 2015. Written in an audaciously flamboyant manner that is roughly equal parts Money-era Martin Amis and Filth-style Irvine Welsh, it’s a thrilling ride, even if the suspicion lingers that the verbal and chemical fireworks conceal a more conventional saga.Continue reading...