Night and the City, Hardback
4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 274 pages
  • Publisher: London Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780955185137



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The main character in this book is, more than anything else, Soho - London's seedy, sinister underbelly. It is, literally, the dark side of the city - most of the scenes take place betwen dusk and dawn. Kersh clearly knows the world he describes very well - some of the best passages in the book are those about the people who flow through the bars and back alleys.The story focuses on Harry Fabian, a petty thug who lives off his prostitute girlfriend's earnings. From the outstanding opening sequence, it's clear that Harry is a bullshitter and a blusterer, who fools no-one except the hopelessly naive, and those who want to be fooled by the promise of easy money (including himself). Kersh is almost more critical of these last (who are drawn into Harry's circle from laziness, lack of self-control, and greed) as he is of those who deliberately set out to extract money from others. I really enjoyed this book. The prose is sharp and stylish - especially the dialogue (which can be brilliantly telling), and the descriptions of people. The story is gripping and often menacing, although I felt that it pulled its punches at the end. Highly recommended.

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