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School for Scumbags Paperback – February 1, 2008
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And What do you do if you are a master criminal and want to pull of one of the biggest heists in London's history?
Well, if you are the master criminal, you start a pseudo-school. You entice all of the little rule breakers that can't seem to manage to stay in school to come to your boarding school - at no cost to them.
Then, you narrow the class down to your finest 16 and boot the rest out. This obviously is no ordinary school. In this school, they learn how to become better criminals - masters in their newfound profession.
That's exactly what happened to Wayne Banstead and his classmates.
But being true criminals, the 'headmaster' and his staff have other plans after this big heist takes place.
The book is pretty entertaining, but it does leave one to wonder about the gullibility of the parents. Especially after the heist takes place. It makes one wonder where the parents are and why have they not come to pull their boys out of this 'school'.
A good read, if not for the last part of the book.
However, I really liked the concept of the story. Danny has a very unique writing style that can deliver some incredible deadpan humor. I picked this up after reading The Henchmen's Book Club.
I should point out that this book is set somewhere in the late 80s or early 90s, an era when the cane was still used in public schools, and VCRs and rioting as soccer games was all the rage in England. That's actually the era I went to school so this book also has a nice nostalgia feel to it as well. This means there's no mobile phones in mass circulation, CCTV cameras aren't everywhere in London (where this school is located) nor do they have the capabilities they do today. This gives events in the story more plausibility then it would have if it was set today. The book is slightly predictable in parts but that's only because as an adult you can pick up things a 15 year old who has lead a bit of a self centred life doesn't quite work out until it happens. The fun is in getting there though. A very fun school days read that you won't want to put down until the final page.