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Love Is a Racket

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  129 Ratings  ·  12 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
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by One World/Ballantine (first published 1998)
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Ice
May 12, 2010 Ice rated it it was amazing
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Chris
Aug 21, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
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
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Eric
Jan 25, 2009 Eric rated it liked it
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
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Morgan Barrat
May 07, 2016 Morgan Barrat rated it it was amazing
I loved his book! I read it in 24 hours, couldn't put it down. The characters and their developments through the book are so enticing. A little graphic in parts but I think it adds to the rawness of the story. The ending... The ending. I didn't expect it and it literally left my jaw gaping. One of my top 3 books of all time.
Tina
Apr 23, 2010 Tina rated it it was ok
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.
Shawn Cosby
Jun 24, 2016 Shawn Cosby rated it really liked it
A tour de force of neo-noir. Mr Ridley is a master of pace and atmosphere and dialogue. Jefty is an old fashioned character in a modern masterpiece. Love is a Racket is a lean mean taut thriller that punches you in the gut from the first page and never lets up until it's incredible conclusion.
Travis
Nov 14, 2008 Travis rated it did not like it
Ick. I might have liked it better if I cared about any of the characters.
Jussi
Feb 20, 2012 Jussi rated it did not like it
pulp tradition take-off, goes thru moves but doesn't compel or come alive.
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Dec 28, 2013 Ian Towey rated it it was amazing
Not my usual kind of thing, but I loved it. Gangsters, poverty, drunkenness and violence. Very well done.
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Nov 01, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it
this was really good.
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