Viva La Madness

By J. J. Connolly

J. J. Connolly the favourite voice of London gangster fiction returns with a journey de strength: the Get Carter of the noughties, Layer Cake has additionally been made right into a highly-praised movie by means of Matthew Vaughn, starring Daniel Craig and Sienna Miller (it's additionally the main shoplifted ebook in England). Now Connolly is again with a sequel that sees him at the comparable beautiful shape, together with his trademark razor-sharp discussion and quick-fire violence, but in addition discovering darkish humor and pathos within the lives of violent males. From the London underworld, Viva l. a. insanity strikes to foreign crime with trans-Atlantic drug offers, funds laundering, and high-tech digital fraud, portrayed with an analogous uncanny believability. The nameless hero of Layer Cake is pulled again into the drug online game ahead of he can break out to a sunny retirement. In a blinding mix of London low-life, Caribbean high-life, and Venezuelan drug cartels toting machine-guns in Mayfair, our hero's voice and venture are actual, exciting, and whiplash-inducing in equivalent stocks.

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Imagine you could come over right here and begin bullying every person? ’ He doesn’t like Santos de Lucia, or being lumped in with him. in the meantime his pals are nonetheless looking out – all over the place other than lower than the mattress, the place they could simply spot a raised carpet tile. finally they run out of highway, don’t locate whatever helpful – no pcs or reminiscence sticks, transcripts or images. ‘I haven't any computer,’ I say, feeling cocky. ‘I can slightly open an electronic mail. ’ ‘See, we expect you’ve been introduced in specific, to aid your mates take on a software program challenge. ’ ‘I am right here on company however it has not anything to do with any magic wands or reminiscence sticks … not anyone was once … no longer till you lot all started intimidating the workers on the Cosmopolitan and your posse grew to become up at my associate’s membership, waving attack rifles. ’ ‘They have been pointed on the ceiling, with the security on. ’ ‘That’s okay then. Please forgive me, Mister … ? ’ I expand my hand yet he doesn’t reply. ‘Can you spot, Tex, how humans may perhaps get curious? ’ He’s loss of life to show he’s now not from Texas. I proceed. ‘Specially, Tex, while Mister de Lucia got here to my friend’s membership and provided him 1000000 money for a few machine. ’ Tex whistles low and shakes his head – specialists at pretending to be dumb those southern boys, booby-trap you by means of slowtalking ya. yet he betrays not anything. ‘But we,’ I inform him, ‘don’t imagine Mister de Lucia has a pot to piss in …’ He guffaws regardless of himself, then exams, deadpan back, ‘… or a window to throw it outta. ’ ‘Would you assert you have been attached? ’ asks Tex, grinning. ‘Around city? In London? ’ ‘There you select the entire questions back. ’ He smiles and winks. ‘Someone desires to meet you. I’d be obliged if you’d come alongside quiet. ’ ‘Are we conversing a couple of get together through the identify of Miguel Zambrano? ’ He ignores my query, and asks, ‘You like a deal? ’ ‘Who doesn’t? ’ I answer. Tex will get up. ‘Come on, dress, let’s go,’ he says, after which to himself, loud adequate for me to listen to, ‘Santos … 1000000 … What an inexpensive bastard. ’ If ever a comment used to be calculated to get in my nut it was once that one. We go away the resort via the again front, load up into nondescript automobiles and head off. forever those men are checking to determine they’re being undefined. We go alongside the Embankment in whole silence then up in the direction of Westminster then into Belgravia. the motive force pulls right into a small mews and prevents. We get out and Tex leads us even though a storage. Then via tight corridors that at last open up right into a huge London townhouse that’s choked with real antiques and bookshelves heaving with leather-based volumes. I’ve been abducted sooner than – didn’t take pleasure in it – yet this time i'll nearly get pleasure from their grace. Tex indicates me right into a reception room, and sitting on a settee consuming espresso from positive china and conversing textbook English right into a mobile phone is a guy i do know with no advent is Miguel Zambrano. Miguel has the vibe of the administrative despatched over from headquarters to deal with an area hassle, turns out able to ruthless man-management and severe prejudice.

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