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- Print Length: 266 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Creativia; 2 edition (May 16, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 16, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071VTKVY4
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,812 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Flowers offers constant high action, violence alternating with regular dollops of sex -- usually twisted--and characters who are as twisted as they are entertaining. There's a plot to it although the plot is almost beside the point: it's a noir picaresque novel, about a kind of life style and the persons who lead it. The story line starts with an exotic dancer who is realizing the sexual fantasy of an MP likely to be selected as Prime Minister at the next election. What he doesn't know is that she's photographed it. Soon, he's being blackmailed for the photographs, but by then the blackmailers are headed in different directions and he's blackmailed not by one blackmailer but by two.
That's when things start to go wrong, and once they do, all hell breaks loose. The dancer's husband --she'd happily never see him again-- is released early from prison because he's grassed on his partners in a high profile bank robbery. They took three million pounds from the bank. It's never been recovered. His partners aren't happy: it was he who hid the money before they were caught and with him out of prison way before them, they suspect the money'll be gone by the time they're out. So they escape from prison and set off after him, with mayhem on their minds. Everyone's sleazy in this novel, with the exception of the policeman and his maybe-love, including the PM, whose brother, ex-MI5, fixes things for him . Soon, the bodies are falling on all sides.
Flowers is not perfect, even for its genre. The writing is a bit ragged at times and some of the plot transitions don't transish as smoothly as they should. But for all that, it's good reading and its raw energy is refreshing. I, for one, hope Sweet writes more thrillers soon. He's got talent.
Joey's ex-partners think that Joey ratted them to the authorities and is trying to keep the money they got in a bank heist to himself so they break out of prison looking for Joey. All these stories will converge and Martin and Bella are in the midst of everything. The book sucked me in from the start and never let go. Even though it has a lot of British dialogue and people act way more "British" than "American," it doesn't detract at all from the tale, in fact, it makes it more enjoyable. All the characters in the book are fairly simple but the author has an amazing talent for making the reader so interested in their doings.
The book is loaded with a lot of kinky sex but even that is handled fairly tactfully by the writer. The only thing that kept me from giving the book a full five stars is that Martin and Bella are the main characters of the book and though they are the least "evil" of the characters, they are still essentially bad. This reminded me of the main characters of the film About the Benjamins.
That is the opening question, but the plot quickly grows, for one of the individuals involved in the blackmail scheme has a brother who was just released from prison because of his willingness to strike a deal and rat out his partners in a bank heist. They in turn must escape from prison to seek vengeance and get their mitts on the £3 mil sitting in a Swiss bank.
Add to this the Soho underworld, a network of lesbian lovers, a shrink who can't be trusted to keep matters confidential and you have the outline of the larger story. The tone is pure Elmore Leonard, with dimbulb villains, some honest coppers, a complex but still intelligible plot and a satisfying ending. This is not a book that prompts loud guffaws, but rather a series of continual smiles.
Nick Sweet: we want more.