A blistering take on Cool Britannia and London's underbelly in the 1990s, the third novel in Jake Arnott's loose trilogy following The Long Firm and He Kills Coppers.
It's 1995, and crime is the new cool. Actress Julie wants none of it as she comes to terms with her hidden criminal roots.
But her public-school boyfriend is going all mockney and writing the script of his 'classic British gangster movie'.
Meanwhile, 'Geezer' Gaz, wannabe villain, is losing control as he preys on the Essex rave scene. And sixties gang boss Harry Starks is back to haunt them all ...New lads meet old lags, celebrity villains mix with media types and Cool Britannia is stripped bare in wickedly sardonic fashion.
Welcome to Cruel Britannia.
- 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.