By J. J. Connolly
Our narrator’s too clever to inform you his identify (“if I [did], you’d be as shrewdpermanent as me”), yet he’s no longer afraid to inform you every little thing else in regards to the “layer cake”—London’s intricately prepared constellation of underworld fiefdoms. The worst factor approximately drug dealing—according to our unnamed narrator—whether you are a elegant most sensible broker buying and selling thousands or a down-and-out highway pusher, is you'll want to relate to plenty of overall idiots - loudmouths and tough-guy wannabes who are not afraid to "get nicked via previous invoice and thrown within the boob" (arrested by way of police and jailed). Our narrator is a easily diplomatic 29-year-old cocaine broker who has earned a revered position between England's Mafia elite. conversing in a language wealthy with drug jargon, vulgarities, British slang, and Cockneyisms, he manages high-level trafficking with a tricky outdated veteran companion, Mister Mortimer, a guy who gave the narrator his begin within the company, and who has obvious his percentage of felony (five and a part yr time period) and lethal fights (he owns a porn shop, and likes to organize men trying to find baby porn by way of directing them back at a distinct time, then beating the dwelling daylights out of them after they return). Our narrator’s aim is to retire at 30 and spend his last years faraway from the risk and double-dealing of London's crime gangs. yet like so much excessive rollers, he unearths it challenging to stroll clear of "just another" deal.
Morty earrings up our narrator one early Saturday morning with a call for participation to an unique individuals purely eating place far flung within the English nation-state. They’re off for “a spot of luncheon” with the Don, Jimmy fee. Jimmy is a legend, against the law boss who’s been within the company for years through hiring the easiest legal professionals and protecting a low-key profile. it is a guy who's continuously will get what he desires, and isn't used to humans refusing him favors. that is precisely the spot our narrator quickly unearths himself in while over lunch, Jimmy palms down a tricky task: locate Charlotte Ryder, the lacking wealthy princess daughter of Jimmy's previous friend Edward, a strong building enterprise participant and gossip papers socialite. It’s a troublesome deal to refuse, yet Jimmy can spot the sting on our narrator and makes him a deal – when you locate Charlotte, you could go away the lifestyles for good.
Our narrator units out to discover Billy Bogus, a grifter with a present for mimicry and ingratiating himself into any quarter of society he wishes. financial institution and bank card fraud is his exchange, with a fit dollop of hustling younger ladies out in their belief cash for stable degree. On his technique to meet Bogus, he runs right into a small time punk named Sid in a neighborhood nightclub who runs with a band of thugs referred to as “the Yahoos.” With him is a gorgeous lady, a “real love-a-player sort” named Tammy. Sid tells our narrator a bloody tale a few pal of his named “The Duke” who lately acquired ambushed by way of a state-of-the-art workforce armed with laser sighted Uzis. Our narrator won’t determine the importance of this tale till later as he’s too busy testing Tammy, who flirtatiously offers him her quantity whereas Sid is distracted.
Our narrator stories to Jimmy’s correct hand guy, Gene, that he’s at the case, yet Gene has different company. seems that the Yahoos have million kilos' worthy of Grade A ecstasy to promote, and Gene desires our narrator to address the deal. It’s an impossible to resist deal, simply the correct amount of cash to replenish his retirement fund. He units up a gathering with him, Mort, and the Yahoos kingpins, huge Frankie and JD whereas eventually catching up with Billy Bogus, who has the same opinion to assist locate our narrator Charlotte by way of monitoring down Charlotte’s boyfriend Kinky—for a cost, of course.
Big Frankie and JD hold quiet approximately the place they’ve gotten the pills, however the “gear” is top of the range, proven by way of none except Sir Alex (“chief chemical taster”). issues are having a look up while Mort units up his gang to fulfill up with a team, headed through a guy named Trevor, up in Northern England who he thinks could be excellent to dump the products on. There’s just one challenge – they don’t wish the products. This group informs our narrator that an Ecstasy manufacturing facility has been hijacked—most most probably via the Yahoos—and now a brutal neo-Nazi sect wishes these drugs again. They’ve already hit up a home that belongs to “the Duke”, and here's the place Sid’s tale from the membership all makes sense.
Our narrator drives again to London with Mort in tow and will get a choice from Bogus, who tells him he’s stumbled on Kinky. useless. In a London housing undertaking. It seems like a standard drug overdose, yet a tender child drug broker who helped Bogus locate Kinky says he was once murdered.
Meanwhile, our narrator units up a rendezvous with Tammy in a inn room. As he steps out of the bathe, toughs ambush him, who roll him up in a carpet, and abduct him in a protracted field. The toughs take him to a development web site to fulfill with their boss, Eddie Ryder, Charlotte’s father. Eddie tells our narrator that Jimmy fee has pulled a quick one on him – his daughter’s isn’t missinnnnnng. What’s worse, Jimmy’s made a take care of a few renegade Chechens that experience swindled him to the track of 13 million kilos. to tug himself out of the opening, he arrange the narrator to discover Eddie’s daughter, then carry her for ransom. The double go, notwithstanding, becomes a triple move whilst Eddie performs our narrator a tape that finds Jimmy expense is an informer for the police and has manage a sting for our narrator the place he plans to ship him to penitentiary for very long time, and make off with the narrator’s retirement fund.
Finding himself undercut, double-crossed, frolicked to dry, and suffering to outlive, our narrator’s survival instincts kick in. he modifies from a turn-the-other-cheek diplomat to a revenge-charged hit guy in a single day, beginning via killing Jimmy cost. subsequent, he has the same opinion to promote the ecstasy pills to Ryder, who plans to sell off them to the Yakuza in Japan, so as to positioned a pleasant bite of swap in our narrator’s pocket. prior to he leaves, our narrator mentions a little bit airborne dirt and dust that Jimmy gave him in passing approximately Eddie, insuring that Eddie won’t kill our narrator—just in case he will get any humorous rules approximately doing so.
Suddenly, the entire narrator’s difficulties regarded solved. Jimmy’s lifeless, and people million tabs of ecstasy are headed to Japan. Then, Jimmy’s correct hand guy Gene asks for a gathering with Mort and our narrator. Gene accuses our narrator of killing Jimmy and threatens to kill him except he confesses. Our narrator performs the tape Ryder gave him for Gene and Morty, revealing Jimmy’s double-dealings with the police. Gene shall we our narrator move and consents by no means to debate the crime again.
All that continues to be is the little subject of 2 million tabs of ecstasy. In a flourish of double and triple crosses, our narrator’s deal to replace the tabs for money at Heathrow Airport falls aside, yet finally ends up with the tabs in Amsterdam. As he prepares to sprint off to Amsterdam to gather the loot, he comes to a decision to provide Tammy a choice sooner than he leaves. regrettably, Tammy’s jealous boyfriend Sidney tailed her, and shot the narrator 3 times, together with two times within the head. The narrator lived, recovered within the health center, and is ordered into retirement and exile by means of the police officers. He earrings Tammy to supply her yet another probability to satisfy, yet she tells him “girls like risky men yet you’re heavily fuckin’ existence threatening. what number ladies have you learnt prove lined in blood, leader prosecution witness in an tried homicide trial on their first date?” She needs our narrator good, who has lots of time to mirror on his existence as an ex-pat in Curacao, Brazil. He recognizes that, in lifestyles, you by no means cease studying, yet you by no means cease forgetting both. He has lots of time now to ruminate on either, residing a existence the place he can bear in mind why he left the company, yet always remember why he can’t let us know his name.