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Viva La Madness
     

Viva La Madness

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by JJ Connolly
 

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J. J. Connolly the favorite voice of London gangster fiction returns with a tour de force: the Get Carter of the noughties, Layer Cake has also been made into a highly-praised film by Matthew Vaughn, starring Daniel Craig and Sienna Miller (it's also the most shoplifted book in England).
Now Connolly is back with a sequel that sees him on the same stunning

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J. J. Connolly the favorite voice of London gangster fiction returns with a tour de force: the Get Carter of the noughties, Layer Cake has also been made into a highly-praised film by Matthew Vaughn, starring Daniel Craig and Sienna Miller (it's also the most shoplifted book in England).
Now Connolly is back with a sequel that sees him on the same stunning form, with his trademark razor-sharp dialogue and quick-fire violence, but also finding dark humor and pathos in the lives of violent men. From the London underworld, Viva la Madness moves to international crime with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering, and high-tech electronic fraud, portrayed with the same uncanny believability. The anonymous hero of Layer Cake is pulled back into the drug game before he can escape to a sunny retirement. In a dazzling combination of London low-life, Caribbean high-life, and Venezuelan drug cartels toting machine-guns in Mayfair, our hero's voice and mission are authentic, thrilling, and whiplash-inducing in equal shares.

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Publishers Weekly
Set in 2001, Connolly’s follow-up to his well-received debut, Layer Cake (2001), offers plenty of violence, graphic sex, and coarse, colorful language, but little else. The unnamed narrator, who lives in Jamaica, agrees to meet his old sidekick, Mister Mortimer, in Barbados. Mortimer, who brings along psychotic Sonny King and paranoid Twitchy Roy Burns, pitches a return to England as a salesman on commission for a drug dealer’s “product,” which King distributes through his channels. In England, King and Burns rob, torture, and kill a Venezuelan courier connected to a powerful drug family who was carrying a hidden flash drive loaded with important data. This brutal act brings two opposing groups of South Americans bent on finding and retrieving the drive—and spurs King and company to do the same. That the narrator tries to act as the voice of reason amid shifting alliances and betrayals will strike some readers as odd since he knew from early on that these people were unreliable, untrustworthy, and unstable. (May)
The Spectator
An immensely entertaining read.
Booklist
Readers who reveled in Connolly's first twisted crime confection, Layer Cake (2001), will rejoice in this sequel, another tale of decadence and derring-do . . . Mystery fans will enjoy the rapid-fire dialogue, wry British wit, and breathless plot, crammed with double crosses.
Independent on Sunday
Fast and funny and just frightening enough to make you sit up all night finishing the book.
Wall Street Journal
The action in Mr. Connolly's novels gallops by at a frantic pace . . . abundantly worth the wait . . . Mr. Connolly's novels, for all their ever-present reek of cordite, their Darwinian struggles for mastery, their gallows humor and their passionate engagement with every bent caper you care to name, are a great deal closer to 'serious fiction' than pulp. Their real theme, it turns out, is deracination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590208595
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
05/10/2012
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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D. J. Taylor
A storming piece of work . . . the novel has a grasp of street argot unparalleled since Kinky Friedman first sashayed out of his front door and nailed a checker straight out of the bat.

Meet the Author

J.J. Connolly is the author of the acclaimed bestseller Layer Cake, which he adapted into a screenplay for Sony Pictures, starring Daniel Craig, Sienna Miller, and Michael Gambon. Viva la Madness is his second novel.

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Viva la Madness 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CVN70 More than 1 year ago
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hippypaul More than 1 year ago
This is the second installment of J.J. Connolly’s depiction of the life and times of his nameless criminal protagonist. Instead of enjoying his hard earned retirement as chronicled in L4YER CAKE he finds himself caught up in a multi-continental mess that spins from South America to London. Despite some UK criminal argot that sent me fleeing to Urban Dictionary I really enjoyed this fine crime novel. There is a cross, then a double cross, then a --- well you get the idea. The plot turns come thick and fast. About the time the major players think they have themselves well on top of the pile, interruptions in the form of sniper fire come bursting in to announce the arrival of yet another player. The cast ranges from underground hackers to little old ladies who dispose of bodies as a sideline. Very few people are who they seem to be and those that are can be found in unlikely alliances with others. Through all the confusion the author moves the action along at a brisk and exciting pace. Everything takes place in a world of madness that somehow makes a terrible sense. I found this was a vastly enjoyable book and I greatly hope that Mr. Connolly continues his series and shows us further adventures of his nameless protagonist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book picks up perfectly after Layer Cake and moves forward with an even more frenetic pace. Finished it in 2 days, then went and read Layer Cake again.