Friday, 28 November 2008
FRIDAY'S FORGOTTEN BOOKS -JACK'S RETURN HOME AKA GET CARTER - TED LEWIS
Filmed three times, most famously as Get Carter in 1971 with Michael Caine in his all time signature role, the novel was based on the real life one armed bandit murders.
The novel centres on small time hustler Jack Carter returning home to Doncaster to investigate the death of his brother whom he hasn't seen in a great many years. Carter finds himself entering a twilight world of prostitution, gambling dens, psychotic gangsters and underworld enforcers.
The crime bosses worry that Jack's snooping into his brother's death will upset their delicate operations and soon the contract it out - Get Carter.
It's a shame this book has been largely forgotten because of the great success of the original film based on it. It really is British Noir done well - that narrative is as tough as old nails and the world of the American Gangster novel is successfully transplanted to suburban Britain.
Posted by Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin at 00:45