by Jake Arnott
It's thirty years since Harry Starks and his gang kept the underworld of Soho under control but the consequences of their brutal reign are still being felt.
Julie McCluskey, the actress daughter of one of Starks' victims, has grown up without a father and now that she's discovered it was money from her father's murderers that put her through drama school, she's furious.
Furious with her mother for accepting it, but even more furious with Harry Starks - and she's decided she wants revenge.
Tony Meehan, journalist and part-time murderer ('I've only killed three') has added another occupation to his list: he's ghostwriting the autobiography of one of the Bullion Job (Brinks Mat) gang, a robbery in which Starks was also involved, and the gold's still missing. And then there's Gaz, who worked for Starks' rival Beardsley in the 80s and is now running bouncers, taking too many drugs, and playing a very dangerous game.
Moving his focus on to the greedy 80s and the rave scene of the 90s, Arnott delivers another hard-edged, riveting, brilliant novel that will delight his many admirers and win him more.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 21/06/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340818572
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Review by cliffagogo
The third book in the Harry Starks Trilogy (following on from THE LONG FIRM and HE KILLS COPPERS), and the by now the ‘antihero’ is little more than a spectre that haunts his old collegues. The plot splits three ways, following familiar characters as the recent media obsession with gangster notoriety is explored. The strength of the characterisation carry the readers interest past a slighty flimsy plot.
Review by Daftboy1
I enjoyed reading this book. It is really 3 separate stories that loosely come together. Its the 3rd and final book in the Harry Starks trilogy. This book is set in the mid 1990s when a new government and technology is about to change the UK. Easy to read book with a host of characters good and bad.