ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
This is the first novel that I'm reading by Jay Stringer and I enjoyed every page of it. The entire novel is based in Glasgow, another place on my to-visit list.
For me, the hero and the most enchanting character in this book was not the PI Samantha Ireland. It was Fergus, right from the beginning. And who wouldn't love a hit man for Christ's sake.
I loved reading about the mind and the workings of a contract killer/hit man through Fergus. He was entertaining, agile, cute and funny. Now, a girl like me threw my head back and laughed on his jokes and oddball takes on life. Honestly, the last time I enjoyed characters like Fergus was in Pulp Fiction - you know, the movie and a classic for my taste.
What made this book more interesting was not just the wide range of characters but the double journey narrative with three major plot lines. This literary technique is beautifully pinned down in How to Kill Friends and Implicate People, which I've only seen in movies so far. This is a very clever way to design a plot because all of a sudden I realized....I've got to pay attention, I can't skip a line or a word....I have to read it through.
I don't have to mention that all the characters are witty, smart, hilarious and most importantly, unique. The varied language dialects also adds to the charm of their narrative, not forgetting to mention - the colorful language.
I bet if they decide to make a movie out of How to Kill Friends and Implicate People, it will be a cultural classic for audiences everywhere.
Overall, it was a treat for my senses and I'm getting me a paperback.
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