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I grabbed his arm and broke it over my knee. Though Mitchell's feeling are mixed. I could play the game. Behind all the talk is a whole other agenda. Noir master Ken Bruen does his own strange take on Sunset Boulevard--distinctly European yeat holding tight to the soul of the homage. I guess the only strike against it as a starting point for Bruen is that it's set in England not Ireland, but Bruen seems comfortable in both locales, and this book offers much of what you'll either really like or dislike about Bruen as a writer: quick, telegraphed prose with lots of white space on the page; melancholy interior monologues; wise-ass dialogue; lots of hip pop culture references; and a dark brooding Irish pessimism about life and human nature. Working for loan shark Tommy Logan, Billy Norton arrives to pick him up, but Mitchell wonders if this acquaintance can be considered a friend though he is there to take him home. On the ride home from prison, he gets out of the car and busts the arm of a squeegee man. Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2014. He finds work at a movie actresses mansion, but his past catches up with him. Ultimately, the success or failure of the novel turns on whether you think the use of the "Sunset Blvd." I said. But he wants nothing to do with his former life of crime and, on a recommendation, visits the mansion of a once famous London theater star in need of a handyman. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Despite that odd authorial choice, it's still not a bad read. I started reading this late on a Monday & finished it on the Wednesday evening. This is an inspired twist on Sunset Boulevard, with a just-released ex-con hired as handyman by a faded actress in a cavernous Holland Park mansion complete with shady butler. Perché, nei libri come nei film, le poche volte che un Briton decide di essere duro, non c'è americano o francese che possa stargli alla pari. I said. As we headed south he was rabbiting on about the party. Despite that odd authorial choice, it's still not a bad read. At one point in his reworking of Sunset Boulevard (hence the title, saucy!) He had red hair, pasty complexion, the build of a sly greyhound. Prison has its share of them. . [Ken Bruen] -- After serving three years in a British prison, Mitchell tries to go straight. A poodle tap dancing on a keyboard could write a better and more detailed book. Now, don't get me wrong, I have a busy schedule but this book doesn't let you leave it alone. Copyright © 2020 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Asia and South America.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as a first read by this author, rather one of the early Jack Taylor series, as this would help to set the context.

. I bought it at a book sale. In his new "London Boulevard," Bruen makes an interesting departure by combining his usual bloody crime drama with the plot of Billy Wilder's 1950 movie classic, "Sunset Blvd." Said, "I thought you’d be gasping for a tailor made.". He looked almost shy, said, "Aw, it’s nuttin . Got back in the van, and the lights changed. Attempting to stay out of Logan's way, he finds work at the Holland Park mansion of faded movie actress, Lillian Palmer, where he has to deal with her mysterious butler, Jordan. Looking for an honest job, Mitchell finds work as a handyman for a wealthy and reclusive former stage beauty, Lillian Palmer, who lives in a sprawling estate with her taciturn butler, Jordan. Fresh out of prison after serving three years for an assault he can't remember, Mitchell tries unsuccessfully to steer clear of his old life, even as friends pressure him to get back in the crime game. London Boulevard purports to be an updating of the Sunset Blvd story moved to London in the present (at the time of the writing).

Unable to add item to List. Ammunition: A Novel (Inspector Brant Series Book 7), Vixen: A Novel (Inspector Brant Series Book 5), Blitz: A Novel (Inspector Brant Series Book 4), The Ghosts of Galway (The Jack Taylor Novels Book 13), Calibre: A Novel (Inspector Brant Series Book 6), The Magdalen Martyrs: A Jack Taylor Novel (Jack Taylor series Book 3), The Devil: A Jack Taylor Novel (Jack Taylor series Book 8), The Guards: A Jack Taylor Novel (Jack Taylor series Book 1), "This is a strong solo effort from Irish noir master Bruen, whose prose floats like a butterfly and stings like bejesus." He grinned, walked over, gave me a hug. bookworld@washingtonpost.com. His head over papers, a model of industry. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. It seems like you can get away with whatever style plotting in a book that would never ever fly in a movie or TV episode. The eyes of the bottom- rung predator.

A nice twist in the end but I've read fan fiction with more creative spark. You're not committing to the Jack Taylor or Brant/Roberts series, and you'll be avoiding the broad parody of his "Max" collaborations with Jason Starr (that's the absolute WRONG place to start with either writer). Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2010. Unable to add item to List. I really enjoyed Mitchell the literate thug's many bookish references to favorite authors past, such as Charles Willeford-essentially a tip of the hat from one crime writer to other crime writers. But he has a job waiting and is given a great apartment thanks to his best friend. "Mitchell" is a hard guy. Though I didn't care for this thing with a single word on a line. Mr. Bruen obviously knows his tradition. But in this American reprint of Ken Bruen's 2001 work, the author successfully bridges the gap by reworking the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard, Billy Wilder's classic noir tale of desperation and death. The characters here really well thought out which makes the mystery kind of a drag. Nothi. Please try your request again later.

They're the wardens." I’d hammered in at the gym and could bench press my share. The characters are more complex, the story ends in a much more true-to-noir way, and its a more realistic story. Bruen is good. Anytime a human thinks that lama behaviour is acceptable he/she should not be surprised if they'd receive a decent kicking.

Perché, nei libri come nei film, le poche volte che un Briton decide di essere duro, non c'è americano o francese che possa stargli alla pari. Numerous plot points are identical to those in the Billy Wilder film Sunset Boulevard. Manages to develop his characters and tell a good story imbued with atmosphere with a minimum of words. He figures his luck might have changedwhen he lands a legitimate job as a handyman for a rich actress who'seager to reward him with cash, cars, and sex. Bent over his desk, he kept me waiting. A guy appeared at the windshield and began to wipe it with a dirty cloth. Farrell will be ideal for the young killer, and Knightley will play the reclusive actress, who will magically become 30-odd years younger than she was in Wilder's movie or Bruen's novel. Bruen's staccato dialogue and disregard for small annoyances like punctuation or other literary convention add to the quirky appeal of Mitchell and the eclectic cast of thugs and wankers that follow him through the pages of this razor-edged page turner, which should keep you guessing right up to the bloody last sentence. "My past." Original Title ISBN "9781899344772" published on "2002-3-1". I bought this book on the strength of the movie and it's movie cover.

’Course, I learnt some other stuff, too. Having seen the movie starring Colin Farrell (which was pretty good), I was interested to read the book. ", "What, you smash the guy’s arm, that’s not losing it?

Would read this author again. I'd cite chapter and verse, but that would spoil it for you. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Offered the bottle to him. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. This blatant ripoff includes the Eastern-European-accented butler/ex-husband, the longed for "comeback," fake fan letters, and vintage cars. First published in the U.K. in 2001 and presently being adapted for the movies, Bruen's gritty reimagining of Billy Wilder's "Sunset Boulevard" transplants the action from glitzy Hollywood to the rough and tumble London streets. He produced a pack of Dunhills. A van pulled up, sounded the horn. Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2015.

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