Wednesday, 10 June 2015

The Fix - Keith Nixon

"It's pre-crash 2007 and financial investment banker Josh Dedman's life is unravelling fast. He's fired after £20 million goes missing from the bank. His long-time girlfriend cheats on him, then dumps him. His only friends are a Russian tramp who claims to be ex-KGB and a really irritating bloke he's just met on the train. His waking hours are a nightmare and his dreams are haunted by a mystery blonde. And to cap it all, he lives in Margate. Just when Josh thinks things can't get any worse his sociopathic boss - Hershey Valentine - winds up murdered and he finds himself the number one suspect. As the net closes in Josh discovers that no one is quite what they seem, including him, and that sometimes help comes from the most unlikely sources... Part fiction, part lies (well, it is about banking) and excruciatingly funny, THE FIX pulls no punches when revealing the naked truth of a man living a life he loathes. This is a crime fiction novel with a difference…"

I have to liken reading this novel to being a smoker - it leaves a dirty taste in your mouth but you JUST CAN'T STOP. The Fix is a fantastic read - the characters are vile and hideous but I couldn't help liking them. They are ruthless and coarse, had me laughing out loud at some of the purely dreadful things they get up to, and they wouldn't look out of place in an Irvine Welsh novel - I LOVED IT. The behaviour carried out by some of the characters is down-right despicable and morals are extremely loose - this is not a book for the prudish among us, but if you like a down-to-earth, no-holds-barred, all-out grit-fest this is a must read. 
Konstantin, (Russian tramp, ex-KGB, excellent pick-pocket) is a brilliant character, and I have heard that Keith's latest novel, I'm Dead Again, features Konstantin, alongside other characters from The Fix -  this excites me, and I can't wait to read the next instalment of probably the most crude characters I have ever met!

The Fix is out now and you can get it here:

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