Books: The Assassin's Wedding

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  • Ross Kitson

    The lovechild of ' Meet the Parents' and 'Grosse point blank.'

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    Astonishingly good. I have never been a fan of crime fiction, humour fiction (is that a genre?) or thrillers. The escapism I enjoy in literature has tended to drive me toward fantasy and sci-fi with occasional forays into main stream novels (usually ones on the shelf in Tesco !). So I found Wilf's book a breath of (slightly grimy) fresh air. Throughout the book I felt an almost cinematic vibe, deciding in my head who'd direct the movie (maybe a Tarantino, maybe a Guy Ritchie (if we think his first two decent ones), maybe Coen Bros). The book has that pace and immediacy and it is no coincidence that Wilf writes three chapters as a film script ( to fit in with Mike's rationalisation of his past). The real beauty for me, though, was the multiple pop culture references that saturate the prose. The dialogue on the Back to the Future paradox had me pondering in nostalgia all day. The references would be pertinent to those of a certain age (perhaps 30 to 45) and I suspect the majority of...Astonishingly good. I have never been a fan of crime fiction, humour fiction (is that a genre?) or thrillers. The escapism I enjoy in literature has tended to drive me toward fantasy and sci-fi with occasional forays into main stream novels (usually ones on the shelf in Tesco !). So I found Wilf's book a breath of (slightly grimy) fresh air. Throughout the book I felt an almost cinematic vibe, deciding in my head who'd direct the movie (maybe a Tarantino, maybe a Guy Ritchie (if we think his first two decent ones), maybe Coen Bros). The book has that pace and immediacy and it is no coincidence that Wilf writes three chapters as a film script ( to fit in with Mike's rationalisation of his past). The real beauty for me, though, was the multiple pop culture references that saturate the prose. The dialogue on the Back to the Future paradox had me pondering in nostalgia all day. The references would be pertinent to those of a certain age (perhaps 30 to 45) and I suspect the majority of the fan base would come from there. So in short, read this. It is confident, assured writing and sets a standard to emulate. And it's damn funny too.... (more)

Summary

Classification
Crime, Thrillers & Mystery and Fiction
Review Points
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5
Popularity
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78
ISBN 13
Not present
Pages
260
Book size
Demy
Format
Paperback
Official publishing date
27/08/2009
Rating
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