Love Is a Racket
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Love Is a Racket

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In his first novel since Stray Dogs, John Ridley offers up a brilliant noir farce about a small-time con man who finally gets it right just before it all goes wrong.

Everything's a racket for Jeffty Kittridge, a thirty- seven-year-old ex-wannabe scriptwriter living on the skids in Hollywood--the two-bit cons he pulls for spending money; the way he convinces himself that he'...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by One World/Ballantine (first published 1998)
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This story is about a small time con-man/losing gambler's adventures in trying to pay back his Haitian loan shark, Mr. Dumas.

Our main character, Jeffty, always loses--even when one thinks he wins, he still loses. Jeffty's old best friend, Nellis, drops back into his life and makes him lose hope. Mr. Dumas makes Jeffty lose his friends. Mr. Dumas's apologetic henchman, Ty, makes Jeffty lose his lunch and dexterity and self esteem. The dirty policemen make Jeffty lose any street credibility. And f...more
Gritty story about a very small time conman in debt to a bookie and his efforts to get out that debt. I can't say its an enjoyable read as much that what goes on is pretty grim but it is an absorbing one. The pacing is a little odd in that there's a dramatic shift in plot direction midway through the book. The plot wasn't predictable enough that I knew for certain was coming so even the inevitable climax had enough surprises.

This is the second book by the author of Stray Dogs which became the m...more
This story started out kind of slow. I started to enjoy it about half way through and kept reading until the end. I was surprised at the ending at first, but, once I thought about it, it really should not have been a surprise. Maybe a two and a half star rating.
Ian Towey
Not my usual kind of thing, but I loved it. Gangsters, poverty, drunkenness and violence. Very well done.
pulp tradition take-off, goes thru moves but doesn't compel or come alive.
Ick. I might have liked it better if I cared about any of the characters.
this was really good.
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