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He Kills Coppers (The Long Firm Trilogy #2)

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August 1966 - the long hot summer of World Cup euphoria is abruptly shattered when three policemen are gunned down in a West London street. A bewilderingly senseless crime that shocks a nation seemingly at ease with itself and brings an end to the victory celebrations. Yet it also marks a beginning for three men, whose fates are irrevocably bound up with the event and its ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Sceptre (first published January 1st 2001)
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Matt Brady
Not so much a sequel to The Long Firm as much as it is a companion piece, returning to the grimy streets of London's west end in the 60's and 70's for a story about crooked cops, small time gangsters and the gutter press. He Kills Coppers is something of a blend of James Ellroy and Guy Ritchie, but the formula that worked so well in The Long Firm fails here. Part of the reason is that the characters aren't quite as interesting in He Kills Coppers. There's no Harry Starks or Jack the Hat. There’s ...more
Lance Greenfield
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
True crime

The book is based on a true story, which begins after a considerable prologue, on the day of the 1966 World Cup Final with the brutal killings of three London policemen. Incidentally, for those who don't know, England beat Germany by four goals to two after extra time in that final.

The prologue to the horrific incident is entirely necessary and relevant, as it explains how the three main characters arrived where they were on that fateful day.

There is the policeman, who was the closest
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have the books as a trilogy and read the first one (the long firm) 5 years ago. Due to my lack of enjoyment of that book it took me that long to start this one. I agree the writer is very talented and his prose are excellent but for me the stories are lacking. He is compared to Hemingway and I would agree, I haven’t read one of his with a decent story yet either. I felt the book was 300 pages of character building, waiting for the big finish but it never came. It was better than the first one ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
It's been a long time since I read The Long Firm so thought I'd pick up some more Jake Arnott. I enjoy his prose and his story telling. Interesting structure with each chapter broken into three segments, two in the first person (different characters) and one in the third person from another character. A good read about a period of modern history which I enjoy (1960s and 70s mainly but touches on 80s too). Jake Arnott is on the list for good LGBT writers, so the expected gay themes figure too as ...more
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¡Ganó Argentina!, pero no vine a hablar de eso. Sólo esperé a que terminara para tener alguna posibilidad de que alguien le diera una mirada a este post. :P Y para compensar el espíritu patriota que se agolpa en las calles, decidí hacer un repaso de una trilogía que, particularmente, encuentro adictiva. Su autor es el inglés Jake Arnott, con una historia de vida de lo más interesante, que antes de hacerse escritor
This is the first book of Arnott’s I have read. He Kills Coppers is part of a trilogy of inter-linked stories set during the 1960’s and onwards. They are not directly linked so I do not believe you have to read them in order. This one is in fact the second one. I read this one first because I happen to have the DVD of the TV series ITV made a few years ago and I wanted to read the book first.

The other books are ‘The Long Firm’ and ‘Truecrime’.

He Kills Coppers is loosely inspired by the real Shep
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a diamond-cut novel. It’s sharp perspectives are kept edgy by the constant first-person narrative through a succession of characters, yet it defies the formulaic version of this adopted by other writers. The personal experience of the author probably explains his ability to do this so effectively. Having travelled through many anonymous jobs he can shape-shift more readily then those who have only used vicarious imagination to do so. The references to known criminals and events reflects ...more
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Arnott isn't very good at endings. Also, the 'twist' in this tale was blatantly obvious for a long time before it happened. Those are my only criticisms, though. I loved everything else about this book.

This is the story of three men who don't meet until the end of the book, but whose lives are all impacted by one incident: the killing of coppers of the title. It takes place in the same universe as The Long Firm and a few of the characters from that book are mentioned. Only Teddy Thursby and Geo
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime

This could have been good, and at times was good, but overall it fell short looking back. The author has a fluid style but seems to struggle to keep the story going and after about half way through it began to drag (which is saying something for a book only 300+ pages).

Based on true events that happened in the 60’s (and eerily echoed recently in Manchester with the killing of two female officers) the story revolves around 3 different characters; 1 is a cop, 1 is a newspaper reporter, and the
Stephanie Jane
I loved both The House of Rumour and The Long Firm so had high hopes for He Kills Coppers. Unfortunately I was disappointed. The novel has a similar London underworld setting to The Long Firm and a few characters make cameo appearances, otherwise it could have been written by a completely different author. Two main characters, a journalist and a policeman, take turns speaking through first-person viewpoints but their voices are so similarly portrayed that I frequently had trouble trying to disti ...more
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Jake Arnott is a British novelist, author of The Long Firm and four other novels. In 2005 Arnott was ranked one of Britain's 100 most influential gay and lesbian people; but since 2005 he has been in a relationship with the formerly lesbian writer and novelist, Stephanie Theobald. In May 2001 he was included in a list of the fifty most influential gay men in Britain, it was declared that he is wid ...more
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