Stephen Parkes creates a very vivid comic dystopia which is completely believable and contemporary. He manages to get the reader to root for Terry, the novel's hapless anti-hero, despite the dodgy dealings he gets drawn into against his better judgement. Situations and relationships are wittily exaggerated for comic effect, and the narrative pace is maintained right to the end. The characters are colourful, and their mishaps are laugh-out-loud. The scenario is not for the faint-hearted, but this book is one of the most genuinely entertaining I've read this year.
by Lindsay Fursland