Smalltime (Bloodlines) (Bloodlines S)

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Finely crafted.... Raine could easily join the rank of John Harvey and Michael Dibden.""--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review). ""A quietly jolting first novel.... Offers an unsparing look at some sullen hoods and their dead-end lives in an economically depressed London suburb.""--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review. ""A haunting story...gritty, gray, suffocating reality.""--Booklist

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Readers accustomed to the British country-house variety of murder mystery, go no further; Smalltime, a disturbing first novel by Jerry Raine, has none of the coziness of the dotty spinster detectives or decorous murder-by-poisoned-crumpets that are long associated with British crime stories. The world according to Raine is a universe of mean streets and petty crooks for whom violence comes as naturally as breathing.

Raine's main character is Chris, a guy with a record who lives at the Y and works in a liquor store. All too soon, his path intersects with that of Dashy, a mugger who injures him and Kevin, a thug who provokes him to violence. No doubt Miss Marple would be shocked, but fans of a more hard-boiled school of crime fiction will find Smalltime both well crafted and memorable.

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Chris is an ordinary guy working in an off-licence in suburban England and living in the local YMCA. Both are just stop-gap measures...at least that's what he tells himself. Then one day Chris is mugged taking the shop's money to the bank, and his life is suddenly turned upside down. As he sets out to unravel the identity of his attacker, Chris is drawn into the dangerous and seedy underworld of suburban London, whilst at the same time trying to make up his mind about the attentions of three women.

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