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Th her mysterious butler Jordan It isn't long before Mitchell's violent past catches up with him and people start getting hurt When his disturbed sister Briony is threatened Mitchell is forced to ac. I bought this book on the strength of the movie and it's movie cover I liked the film mostly for the acting but I thought the ending sucked beyond belief I was curious about the novelLet's clear this up straight awayThe movie with Colin Farrell and Kiera Knightley has almost NOTHING to do with this book Aside from a few elements and some choice dialogue they are two TOTALLY different animals If I was Ken Bruen I'd be seriously offended someone bought the rights to my book and then CHANGED EVERYTHINGThe book is written in a hip flip fast short handed style tons of dialogue and barely any description at all and though I enjoyed it at first like you enjoy an episode of Friends; light and not too taxing by the time I got to halfway with still no real insight into the bones of the story and the second part called itself FINAL CURTAIN I realised there would be NO depth to this bookIt's funny and violent but shallow OH SO SHALLOW Murders beatings sex etc are tossed away with a sentence as if none of it has any conseuence at all If the author thinks so little of such events why should we If that was the point of the book the character's emotional standpoint it wasn't fully deliveredThe so called 'twist' was laughable Trying not to ruin anything the tough 'smart' hero may not have asked why his partner in crime was such a turn coat but maybe why his partner in crime was so eager to help him in the first placeFor the writer; if you're going to preach about South East London criminal principles remember the basic one you trust NO ONE till they have proven themselves trustworthy Oh and the second one Try whacking a London East End gangland boss with NO comebacks WHATSOEVER See what happensI liked the style of this book at first but it's a loosely connected series of set pieces witty one liners and explosive violence with no emotional pay off and very little intrigueA shame because I really wanted to like it

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When Mitchell is released from prison after serving three years for a vicious attack he doesn't even remember Billy Norton is there to pick him up But Norton works for Tommy Logan a ruthless loan sh. London Boulevard purports to be an updating of the Sunset Blvd story moved to London in the present at the time of the writing The similarities to Sunset Blvd are really surface at best There is an aging actress and the protagonist is financially supported by said actress however the Sunset Blvd similarities appear to be pasted onto the framework of a very good noir crime novel The protagonist Mitchell is recently released from prison for a crime he was too drunk to remember His friend Norton helps to set him back up in his old way of life but with a few catches Mitchell is not willing to go along with This leads to some difficulties with the local crime bossAt the same time Mitchell finds honest work as a handyman for an aging actress with an interesting butler Hilarity ensues and the butler turns out to be full of surprisesThis is the first Ken Bruen book I have read after hearing and reading rave reviews of much of his work I suspect this is not Bruen's strongest novel he is much better known for his detective novels and yet I could see genius at work all the same Mitchell is exactly the type of flawed amoral completely awesome criminal that I love reading about Fans of Parker or similar criminal protagonists will enjoy Mitchell I suspect He is much rounded a character than many of the criminal protagonists currently knocking somebody or the other's teeth out in a book near you I now count myself a Bruen fan 45 Troy High even remember Billy Norton is there to pick him up But Norton works for Tommy Logan a ruthless loan sh. London Boulevard purports to be an updating of the Sunset Blvd story moved to London in the present at the time of the writing The similarities to Sunset Blvd are really surface at best There is an aging actress and the protagonist is financially supported by said actress however the Sunset Blvd similarities appear to be pasted onto the framework of a very good noir crime novel The protagonist Mitchell is recently released from prison for a crime he was too drunk to remember His friend Norton helps to set him back up in his old way of life but with a few catches Mitchell is not willing to go along with This leads to some difficulties with the local crime bossAt the same time Mitchell finds honest work as a handyman for an aging actress with an interesting butler Hilarity Coreys Pony Is Missing (Pony Tails, ensues and the butler turns out to be full of surprisesThis is the first Ken Bruen book I have read after hearing and reading rave reviews of much of his work I suspect this is not Bruen's strongest novel he is much better known for his detective novels and yet I could see genius at work all the same Mitchell is Dear George And Other Stories exactly the type of flawed amoral completely awesome criminal that I love reading about Fans of Parker or similar criminal protagonists will Social Creature enjoy Mitchell I suspect He is much rounded a character than many of the criminal protagonists currently knocking somebody or the other's teeth out in a book near you I now count myself a Bruen fan 45

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Ark lowlife with plans Mitchell wants nothing to do with 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 wi. Ken Bruen has the gift of making it sound easy all you do is sit down and channel these South London criminal types breezing through a few days of their chaotic lives and recording the wreckage and Bob's your uncle The fluency and the concision are of course carefully crafted and Bruen's poetic vocation shows 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 Nothing good ensues Bleak and black and often very funny Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs easy all you do is sit down and channel these South London criminal types breezing through a few days of their chaotic lives and recording the wreckage and Bob's your uncle The fluency and the concision are of course carefully crafted and Bruen's poetic vocation shows This is an inspired twist on Sunset Boulevard with a just released The Lost Predator (Primeval, ex con hired as handyman by a faded actress in a cavernous Holland Park mansion complete with shady butler Nothing good Million Dollar Marriage (Million Dollar, ensues Bleak and black and often very funny

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