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1juninho First Message
Apr 30, 2007, 2:52pm

Usual story.. browsing books in an airport lounge, came across one I quite fancied, didn't buy it and now can't for the life of me remember what it was..

I was browsing about November 2005.. The book was a collection of fictional stories (3?) about London (?) underworld characters.. probably they were originally three separate novels brought together into a special edition.. The character in the opening pages seemed to be a "heavy" of some sort and I seem to recall mention being made of him using a blow torch (or something equally grizzly)..

Maybe set in modern times, may be older..

Got the impression the books were gritty.. probably "dark".. also got the impression the writer had a few novels published..

any suggestions..? sorry I can't give you much to go on...

2SJaneDoe
Apr 30, 2007, 3:11pm

Could it have been something by Neil Gaiman? What you wrote reminds me of Neverwhere, but that's not three books.

3juninho
Apr 30, 2007, 6:40pm

Hi thanks ever so much for the tip..

Unfortunately, I don't think it was Neil Gaiman..

From what I read on the web about him and his works I suspect that the book I was looking at was more gritty, real world type stuff.. (I read an opening extract from Neverwhere)..

Maybe more David Peace/Jake Arnott-like

4bibliotheque
May 2, 2007, 2:18am

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5janerogers
Nov 25, 2008, 6:42pm

I haven't read the trilogy mentioned below, but since it fits most of your criteria, I wondered if i might be the one. W. Jane Rogers

Title: The Blowtorch Trilogy

Author: Read, Mark Brandon "Chopper"

Publisher: Floradale / Sly Ink
ISBN-10: 0957912188
ISBN-13: 9780957912182
Year Published: 2003
Series: Chopper
Binding: Paperback

Three Chopper classics in one volume:
Chopper 5: Pulp Faction.
Chopper 6: No Tears for a Tough Guy.
Chopper 7: The Singing Defective.
Crime fiction writers, from bored academics to Bondi butchers, have tried writing about the underworld. Only one has researched it with a gun in his hand.

"I always knew fiction was his go…I've read his police statements…" - Inspector Rod Porter.

6quartzite
Nov 26, 2008, 11:39am

I don't see it in the text but it is the the touchstones so perhaps it was in a deleted message bu it sounds like The Long Firm by Jake Arnott might be it.

7BallyMan
Edited: Nov 30, 2008, 8:43pm

The Long Firm is great. Mark Strong did an incredible job in the tv mini-series based on the book.

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