Ged, Moby and Ratter are blaggers, old-fashioned highwaymen. But crime is out of control in Liverpool, as violent gangs fight it out for control of the drug trade. Blaggers are a dying breed...
Ged is planning a big job that will last them through the winter, and all they have to do is stay out of trouble until then - but Moby manages to get a contract on his head, and Ged is going to need all his killer instinct just to survive.
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In Outlaws, Moby and his brothers-in-arms, Ged and Ratter revel in the glory 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. -- Matthew BaylisReview:
"Three crims still doing old-time blags in a Merseyside increasingly ruled by drugs and guns. Stylish storytelling" ( Esquire)
"Real drama. A crime caper story told with a Scouse accent" ( Independent on Sunday)
"Scouse Scorsese... Sampson takes the constituent parts of Goodfellas (childhood mates turned mobsters; betrayal; retribution) and replays them on the banks of the Mersey... Sampson's Liverpudlian banter cracks along... Compelling" ( Uncut)
"A gripping tale... the three men emerge as men full of contradictions, murderers aspiring to middle-class respectability, henpecked husbands with several kilos of coke in the boot, and fathers who do not understand their sons... Compelling" ( The List)
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Book Description Vintage, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 320 pages. 7.80x5.04x0.71 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0099422239
Book Description VINTAGE, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099422239