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Jake Arnott

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

New decade. New rules for survival. Jake Arnott's blistering look at the underbelly of life in the 90s is a sure-fire bestseller.

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.

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Praise for truecrime

  • A rollercoaster journey through a landscape most honest, decent people wouldn't know existed . . . sparklingly witty, immensely profound . . . it should be read as a matter of urgency - Erwin James, Guardian

  • The most expansive, ironical and funny novel of the series - David Isaacson, Daily Telegraph

  • The popularity of Arnott's work rests on his fluent, readable style and strong storytelling. While challenging the hype surrounding the genre, he avoids hypocrisy by stopping just short of glamorising his subject matter. - New Statesman

  • Arnott delivers a beacon-bright satire . . . a literary triumph - Metro

  • Arnott's satire is right on the money - Observer

  • 'Arnott's clever, style-conscious book is brutally authentic, yet at the same time ironically "knowing", with an almost satirical attitude to gangster entertainment and the cult of criminal celebrity. Its total readability consolidates his status as a blue-chip crime writer'. - Sunday Times

  • Arnott has a sharp sense of humour and a real concern for the consequences of crime on his characters and society. - Daily Telegraph

  • Arnott is both witty and gritty. - Daily Telegraph

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Jake Arnott

Jake Arnott was born in 1961, and lives in London. His first novel, THE LONG FIRM, was published by Sceptre in 1999 to huge public and critical acclaim. HE KILLS COPPERS, TRUECRIME and JOHNNY COME HOME have followed to equal acclaim. Both THE LONG FIRM and HE KILLS COPPERS have been made into widely praised TV dramas.

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