Viva La Madness

Viva La Madness

Book - 2012
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Now Connolly is back with a sequel that sees him on the same stunning form, with his trademark razor-sharp dialogue and quick-fire violence, but also finding dark humor and pathos in the lives of violent men. From the London underworld, Viva la Madness moves to international crime with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering, and high-tech electronic fraud, portrayed with the same uncanny believability. The anonymous hero of Layer Cake is pulled back into the drug game before he can escape to a sunny retirement. In a dazzling combination of London low-life, Caribbean high-life, and Venezuelan drug cartels toting machine-guns in Mayfair, our hero's voice and mission are authentic, thrilling, and whiplash-inducing in equal shares.
Publisher: New York :, Overlook Press,, 2012.
ISBN: 9781590208595
1590208595
Branch Call Number: FIC CONN
Characteristics: 446 pages ; 24 cm

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rnorris2929
Jun 13, 2015

I have both read and seen the first book and movie in this series, Layer Cake. I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel. The unnamed protagonist can't help but find himself in harrowing situations. Daniel Craig played him as a cool operator in the first film, and Jason Statham is supposed to play him in the sequel. There's enough cool guy/tough guy British patois to give Tarantino a run for his money on neo noir dialogue. I found it to be a page turner. However, the ending weaves in some current history (the book takes place in 2000-2001) that seemed unnecessary. I don't think the book needed to be topical in any way, but the fact that bigger wheels may have been in motion the whole time was the only saving grace of an ending like that.

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alanebrown
Mar 25, 2013

"Sequel" to the adventures of the anonymous narrator from Layer Cake.

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