City of Tiny Lights by Patrick Neate

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Meet Tommy Akhtar, cricket aficionado, devoted son, some time private investigator and some time idol to West London's thug-lites. It's multi-tasking, serious (Little Book of Tommy #38). He's just woken up with another hangover and combed a parting in the pelt on his tongue when his next case comes through the door. Exoticmelody is searching for her fellow hooker, sexyrussian.co.uk, last seen meeting a client in a Mayfair dive. It looks like a join the dots kind of job. But as the search for sexyrussian hots up, Tommy's case takes a turn for the sinister. He's drawn into a murder investigation and the dark side of both the establishment and those who plan to overthrow it. But Tommy reckons it's the opportunists you've got to watch out for. Neate brilliantly explores the underbelly of the cultural mix that makes up London - The City of Tiny Lights - and questions just what it really means to be British right now...
 

About Patrick Neate

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Patrick Neate lives in London and Zambia. He is the author of three novels, and in 2001 he won England's Whitbread Award. He has published articles in many leading music magazines, including The Face, Mixmag, and Time Out, and an excerpt of the book will appear in Trace magazine's forthcoming anthology of hip-hop writing.
 
Published June 30, 2005 by Viking. 336 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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For another, the money Natasha owes Melody—a trifling £500 or so, Natasha admits when Tommy tracks her down in Lymington—would hardly cover Tommy’s fee of £300 a day;

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The Guardian

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The City of Lights by Patrick Neate Viking £15.99, pp304 When Patrick Neate won the Whitbread Novel Award in 2001 for Twelve Bar Blues, he was praised for his lyrical inventiveness.

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Tommy Akhtar - "a Paki immigrant Ugandan-Indian English" - works the unrequited legacy of Raymond Chandler, "a lonely, lowlife investigator with a dangerous taste for alcohol ...

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British author Neate's comic mystery introduces an intriguing hero, Tommy Akhtar, a Ugandan-Indian London PI, whose résumé includes a stint with the mujahideen in Afghanistan.

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