Viva La Madness by JJ Connolly

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J. J. Connolly the favorite voice of London gangster fiction returns with a tour de force: the Get Carter of the noughties, Layer Cake has also been made into a highly-praised film by Matthew Vaughn, starring Daniel Craig and Sienna Miller (it's also the most shoplifted book in England). 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.

About JJ Connolly

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J. J. CONNOLLY was born and brought up in north-east London. His first published story was in the Brit Pulp! anthology. He is the author of acclaimed bestseller Layer Cake, which he adapted into a film script for Sony Pictures and director Matthew Vaughn, starring Daniel Craig. Viva la Madness is his second novel.
Published May 10, 2012 by Overlook. 448 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“. . . Utterly enthralling.”

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In VIVA LA MADNESS the anonymous narrator of Connolly's LAYER CAKE is persuaded to return to London as a negotiator on behalf of a major drugs wholesaler, despite the continued interest of the Metropolitan police in his whereabouts.

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His crims in this, the follow-up to Layer Cake (filmed with Daniel Craig), have hard cash by the million (some fifteen million, at the start) so naturally they bypass the pettifogging regulations and bureaucracy the rest of us have to put up with, and head straight for a (fictional) compliant ban...

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