Outlaws - Kevin Sampson Reviews
Description:ISBN 0099422239 / Author: Kevin Sampson / Genre: Fiction / In Outlaws, Moby and his brothers-in-arms, Ged and Ratter revel in the glory ... more
Outlaws - Kevin Sampson ... of being Faces, respected kingpins of the Mersey underworld. As Moby, a fast-living, wisecracking Scouse entrepreneur with a flexible attitude to the law, and a crippling fondness for lap-dancers, says, I do not half mind being a Somebody in Liverpool.But as the season of goodwill approaches, and the need to make fast cash looms like an old enemy, the Outlaws see that their world is changing. A new breed of somebodies is clamouring at the gates of their little kingdom--a growing army of ruthless young wannabes, trigger-happy upstarts for whom words such as Honour and Loyalty are best consigned to the history books. Retirement and respectability suddenly seem like enticing prospects for the Outlaws, but can they get out alive before their own petty rivalries tear them apart? The noble thief is a cliché, and so is the formula of villains killing themselves in their bid to become pillars of the local Golf Club. But Sampson's fourth novel offers a thoroughly fresh take on a timeless story. Outlaws transcends the dreary preoccupations of gangsta fiction through two things: its vividly drawn characters and its ceaselessly witty use of language. Its trio of narrators are not Goodfellas with Brookside accents, but complex men struggling to conquer a thoroughly real world. They do so with a mixture of charm, cunning and unforgivable viciousness--and the result, for the reader, is an exhilarating battle between sympathy and revulsion. Fans of Awaydays and Powder will relish a further excursion into the mysteries of modern-day Merseyside, and everyone looking for a comic, intelligent gangster yarn can stop searching. Ged, Ratter and Moby might be struggling to pull off the Big One, but Kevin Sampson has done it in spades.
Newest Review: ... organises people. Moby is more the muscle, a man who likes to drink and sleep around. Finally there is Ratter, a bloke who ... more
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by - written on 29/05/07 (Very useful, 168 readings)
The media would sometimes like us to think that crime is a sexy business where no one is really hurt. If a person is ripped off in ‘Hustle’ it’s their own greed that’s to blame and not the cheeky chappies that do the robbing. There are countless biographies of real criminals that highlight their luxury lifestyles, drug use and how they only hurt ‘their own’. However, is this the true impact of crime? Gangs of youths may think its fun to hang around outside drinking and maybe they think they aren’t causing anyone any real problems, but what about the people that are indoors too scared to go out. As someone who grew up near Liverpool I have seen my fair share of ... Read the complete review
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