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Scorpian Rising

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  15 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Sidney Blattner is probably the most successful organized crime figure in London, but things are coming unstuck. Who would dare to execute his innocent brother down in Margate? And why? When Blattner attends the funeral, his chauffeur disappears, forcing Sid and his two minders to flee the seaside resort ignominiously in a Transit van...Sidney calls in as many favours as h ...more
ebook, 310 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by No Exit (first published May 1st 1999)
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Sam Reaves
Gangsters are gangsters everywhere; this tale of crime bosses fighting over rackets could take place in Chicago or Hong Kong. In the event it's British, with all the catchy slang and seedy Andy Capp atmosphere we Yanks love. It takes place largely in Margate, a seaside town near London which I gather from the book, never having visited it, is not exactly a jet-set rendezvous. Vince is the main fixer for Sid, a complacent rackets boss whose empire is threatened by a mysterious and quite ruthless ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. A solid British gangland crime thriller, centred around Margate. It would make a fantastic film too, someone should do that. But don't cast Danny Dyer in it. Or in anything.
Jan 07, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because the blurb on the cover compared it to Derek Raymond and I have a soft spot for British gangster movies (Get Carter, The Long Good Friday, The Krays, etc.). While the characters and dialogue are solid, the story is thin and the conclusion is unsatisfying. Still looking for the definitive British gangster novel.
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