The Long Firm

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The cult bestseller that launched Jake Arnott as a new talent, this is a look at the London crime world of the 60s', with characters inspired by many real-life personalities of that heady period.

Meet Harry Starks: club owner, racketeer, porn king, sociology graduate and Judy Garland fan. Harry's business is fronting violence with rough charm and cheap glamour; putting the frighteners on, performing menace desperately trying to jump the counter into legitimacy. To be in his orbit is to be caught up in the music, the parties, the people and the sex of London in the Swinging Sixties. But behind the rough charm and cheap glamour is a man prepared to do what it takes to get what he wants. This is both an explosively paced thriller and brilliantly imagined sociological and topographical portrait of sixties London.

Paperback, 343 Pages, Published 2000

Author: Jake Arnott

 'A gangster novel every bit as cool, stylish and venomous as the London in which it's set' (Independent on Sunday)

'I'll tell you what happens now,' Harry says, reading my mind. 'You can go now. We're quits. You don't talk to anybody about anything. You've had a taste of what will happen if you do.'

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