Pocket Notebook: A Novel
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Pocket Notebook: A Novel

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PC Jacob Smith records his spiralling breakdown in his police notebook
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 8th 2010 by William Heinemann (first published 2010)
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"Girl, look at that body. I, I work out. I'm sexy and I know it". Had this song in my head for the latter part of the book as it sums up PC Jacob Smith perfectly. He believes he's the best police officer ever, a brilliant husband and father and irresistible to women. He records all his thoughts on these matters in his notebook because he believes he needs to record the 'truth'. What is actually happening is a very public breakdown. Brilliant black comedy and hope this is not going to be the only...more
Officer Jacob Smith is a flawed, dark and nasty character in the vein of the marvellous Steven Stelfox from 'Kill Your Friends' (which is one of my favourite books). However, Smith lacks the snide charm of Stelfox, and unlike in KYF there is no delicous downfall and mendacious resurrection to guiltily enjoy. Smith's crash and burn happens so quickly that the book's structure suffers for it: after page 70 or so I felt like the story was stuck and had nowhere to go. Well it did, and that place was...more
Sheenagh Pugh
Jacob Smith, firearms officer, is dressed for an op:

"Today’s outfit:

Atlas Assault coveralls with Namex III flash-resistant fabric and Kevlar Reinforcement patches on the knees, elbow and groin; Damascus Imperial neoprene knee pads; Damascus Imperial ‘Hardshell’ elbow pads; 5.11 Tac-Ak Tactical Application gloves with Kevlar; spare Blackhawk Hellstorm Light Operations gloves; Lava Combat GTX boots; Web-Tex Cross-Draw Vest for cartridges and percussion grenades along with Maglite LED 4D cell torch...more
Pocket Notebook tells the story of Jacob Smith, a hunky, muscular, macho firearms police officer. Unfortunately for everyone involved, Jacob seems to be getting slightly unhinged...

Written by a current police officer, the book is infused with enough vocabulary, atmosphere, and a sense of realism to be rivetting purely on the merits of the convincing and compelling world it introduces us to. On top of that, it is a strangely addictive, angry story, mesmerizing in all the ways that watching footag...more
David Hebblethwaite
Jacob Smith is a police firearms officer with a foundering marriage, a steroid addiction, and aggressive tendencies. Unable to save the victim of a car crash, Jake takes his frustrations out on a drunk he’s arrested for a public order offence, which is what first brings him to the attention of his senior officers. As time goes on, Jake faces growing pressure; he’s being investigated for his behaviour at work, his dealer wants paying, and Jake’s erratic personal life sees him lusting after at lea...more
Stephen Swofford

For some reason I found this book hard to start. I would read a page or two, then set it down for a week or more. But once I got some momentum behind me, I couldn't put it down, and I for the first time I found myself having a very physical reaction to some sections, literally squirming in my seat and cringing as I read certain sections. All in all, a highly entertaining, if very disturbing read that I would highly recommend.
Andrew Webber
I really enjoyed this book, the dark humour is really right up my alley.

Jacob's descent into madness and his self destructive tendencies are told beautifully, and gripped me throughout.

I will definitely be getting the author's latest work as soon as it is released.
very very dark.
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Mike Thomas was born in Wales in 1971. He lives in the wilds of Portugal with his wife, two children and an unstable, futon-eating dog.

His debut novel, Pocket Notebook, was published by William Heinemann (Random House) and longlisted for the Wales Book of the Year. The author was also named as one of Waterstones ‘New Voices’ for 2010.

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