20th out of 31 books — 63 voters
by Andrew Holmes (Goodreads Author)
Here's a top tip for the heavy drinker... Never get drunk and force your way into the home of the country's biggest pop star wielding a gun. It's bound to go off, big time. Christopher Sewell is famous. He used to be an advertising sales executive with a wife, a drink problem and not much more. Now he's serving life for the murder of Felix Carter, who used to be a famous p...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 17th 2003 by Sceptre
(first published July 4th 2002)
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From boozy celeb autobiography (Alex James) to boozy celeb fiction. This is the second Andrew Holmes I've read, Criminal Records being the other, of which I berated the cover but applauded the novel within. It's the opposite with this one, I'm afraid. The cover (with the Absolut bottle; not the one pictured here) is beautiful. The fact that I am partial to book covers with booze on (cf. Graham Swift, Last Orders, edition c.1997), as well as telling me more about myself than I probably care to kn...more
It didn't, at any point, make me laugh out loud or even stifle a giggle. I felt it tried very very hard to be an intelligent comedy and the effort was visible. There was a lot of boring narrative about the ins and outs of journalism that didn't interest me in the slightest. I kinda guessed the ending - not exactly but was close. Perhaps I didn't like it because mystery and crime are not genres I'm usually interested in (I made the mistake of being attracted by the pretty cover! lol)
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Andrew Holmes' first novel, Sleb, was shortlisted for the 2002 WHSmith New Talent Award in the UK. His other novels are All Fur Coat, 64 Clarke, and Rain Dogs and Love Cats, all of them dark, funny thrillers which were critically well received in the UK, earning him comparisons with Martin Amis and Elmore Leonard, among others. His nonfiction work has been of a collaborative nature and most recent...moreMore about Andrew Holmes...