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PDF ⚪ London Boulevard ô When Mitchell is released from prison after serving three years for a vicious attack he doesn t even remember, Billy Norton is there to pick him up But Norton works for Tommy Logan, a ruthless loan shark lowlife with plans Mitchell wants nothing to do with Attempting to stay out of Logan s way, he finds work at the Holland Park mansion of faded movie actress, Lillian Palmer, where he has to deal with her mysterious butler, Jordan It isn t long before Mitchell s violent past catches up with him and people start getting hurt When his disturbed sister Briony is threatened, Mitchell is forced to act I thank my lucky stars for Ken Bruen I was looking at a horrendous reading slump and had already trashed two books without finishing them when I picked up Bruen s London Boulevard This book is essentially Sunset Boulevard, through a glass darkly I really enjoyed Mitchell the literate thug s many bookish references to favorite authors past, such as Charles Willeford essentially a tip of the hat from one crime writer to other crime writers This book was dark high octane noir and a great read. Oh God, Mitch, you crazy bastard You re outwhat Ten minutesand you re at it already You can t be losing it I didn t lose it, Billy What, you smash the guy s arm, that s not losing it If I d lost it, I d have broken his neck You can probably guessMitch is NOT on his way to pick up a Humanitarian of the Year award Mitch has been warned that after three years in prison, he might find adapting to life on the outside a bit difficult, but he s been out only 24 hours, and already hOh God, Mitch, you crazy bastard You re outwhat Ten minutesand you re at it already You can t be losing it I didn t lose it, Billy What, you smash the guy s arm, that s not losing it If I d lost it, I d have broken his neck You can probably guessMitch is NOT on his way to pick up a Humanitarian of the Year award Mitch has been warned that after three years in prison, he might find adapting to life on the outside a bit difficult, but he s been out only 24 hours, and already he s got a nice flat, a closet full of clothes, and plenty of job offers.Too bad just about all of those offers may get him sent back to the pen, or maybe evendead.This is a nice, taut thriller Lots of great references to pop culture and other crime writers I added quite a bit to my to read list I didn t plan to read it all in one day, but once I started, not much else seemed as important as this book I liked it so much, I decided to watch the film version right after I finished reading.BIG MISTAKE So, technically the book review is over Now I m gonna rant about the movie WHAT THE HELL Was the idea of a 45 year old man having sex with an attractive 60 year old woman so off putting that they had to totally rewrite her character and replace her with an anorexic woman in her twenties CURSE YOU FILM INDUSTRY AND YOUR DAMNED DOUBLE STANDARDS GRRRR Must stop gnashing teeth Will need them later in case I ever get a chance to bite the bastard responsible for this travesty London Boulevard purports to be an updating of the Sunset Blvd story moved to London in the present at the time of the writing The similarities to Sunset Blvd are really surface at best There is an aging actress and the protagonist is financially supported by said actress however the Sunset Blvd similarities appear to be pasted onto the framework of a very good noir crime novel The protagonist, Mitchell, is recently released from prison for a crime he was too drunk to remember His friend, London Boulevard purports to be an updating of the Sunset Blvd story moved to London in the present at the time of the writing The similarities to Sunset Blvd are really surface at best There is an aging actress and the protagonist is financially supported by said actress however the Sunset Blvd similarities appear to be pasted onto the framework of a very good noir crime novel The protagonist, Mitchell, is recently released from prison for a crime he was too drunk to remember His friend, Norton, helps to set him back up in his old way of life, but with a few catches Mitchell is not willing to go along with This leads to some difficulties with the local crime boss.At the same time, Mitchell finds honest work as a handyman for an aging actress with an interesting butler Hilarity ensues and the butler turns out to be full of surprises.This is the first Ken Bruen book I have read after hearing and reading rave reviews of much of his work I suspect this is not Bruen s strongest novel he is much better known for his detective novels , and yet I could see genius at work all the same Mitchell is exactly the type of flawed, amoral, completely awesome criminal that I love reading about Fans of Parker or similar criminal protagonists will enjoy Mitchell I suspect He is muchrounded a character than many of the criminal protagonists currently knocking somebody or the other s teeth out in a book near you I now count myself a Bruen fan 4 5 Bruen writes real page turning stuff here, it s not an incredible piece of noir by any stretch of the imagination but what he has done is written a really very good piece of MODERN crime fiction It s not like that s particularly difficult with the amount of garbage that gets published in the genre these days It s fast paced, it s LOADED with pop culture references, and it s incredibly knowing from start to finish Wait, does that make it post modern Colin Farrell gets out of prison, somehow ge Bruen writes real page turning stuff here, it s not an incredible piece of noir by any stretch of the imagination but what he has done is written a really very good piece of MODERN crime fiction It s not like that s particularly difficult with the amount of garbage that gets published in the genre these days It s fast paced, it s LOADED with pop culture references, and it s incredibly knowing from start to finish Wait, does that make it post modern Colin Farrell gets out of prison, somehow gets himself a job as a handyman for some rich old actress, crimes happen, the criminal underworld circles he moves in ebb and flow to accommodate his return to their world, the outline of Sunset Boulevard is tacked on, all in all it s a pretty cool little tale.Having read two Bruen s in a row featuring different characters in different cities I had a major problem with his writing from the very start of this book He only knows one voice, one way to write, Colin Farrell has an inner monologue that sounds just like Jack Taylor, only slightly less miserable and supposedly English There s the other problem I had too, for a man who only ever loved two things you d think he would use the right word to refer to it I ve never heard a single Londoner refer to football as soccer, it s a small detail sure but if you re trying to provide a sense of realism and what else would constantly talking about pop music and crime novels and tube stations be if not an attempt at realism If you start thinking about that too much this entire novel falls apart so don t when writing a middle aged Londoner you should probably try not to think like a middle aged man from Galway.Yeah the pop culture references were a bit much too, who really cares how widely read Ken Bruen is Constantly name dropping forgotten greats of noir does not magically make your novel of the same quality Giving James Ellroy a cameo on the other handI dig Bruen s work so far but I think I ll only check outif I run out of other people to read As he points out, there s all this David Goodis and Charles Willeford and James Ellroy to get through first