Love Is a Racket



Love Is a RacketIn His First Novel Since Stray Dogs, John Ridley Offers Up A Brilliant Noir Farce About A Small Time Con Man Who Finally Gets It Right Just Before It All Goes Wrong Everything S A Racket For Jeffty Kittridge, A Thirty Seven Year Old Ex Wannabe Scriptwriter Living On The Skids In Hollywood The Two Bit Cons He Pulls For Spending Money The Way He Convinces Himself That He S Not A Drunk Between Every Shot Of Booze He Kicks Back The Way He Tries To Assure Dumas, The Local Shark, That He S Just About To Pay Off His K Debt Except He S Not Good At Any Of That He S Been In Jail Twice And The State S Got A Bad Attitude About Seeing Someone The Third Time That Bug He Just Felt Crawling Up His Neck Is Most Likely The First Installment Of The DTs And Dumas Recently Delivered A Fairly Emphatic Payment Due Reminder A Couple Of His Goons Busted Two Of Jeffty S Fingers The Fact Is, Jeffty S A Loser, Big As They Come, And Things Aren T About To Change Up For Him Anytime Soon I Would Ve Felt Near Terminally Depressed, He Tells Us As His Story Begins To Unfold, But I Was So Used To My Life All I Felt Was Content Then He Stumbles On Salvation A Dirt Caked, Street Hardened, Exquisitely Beautiful Young Homeless Woman Named Mona Jeffty Prefers To Think Of Her As Angel Who Inspires Both His Love And The Idea For The Perfect Con It S Jeffty S Chance To Hit It Big, And To Be Set For Good In His New Life With His New Love The Thing About Love, Jeffty Declares, Is No Matter How Twisted, Or Wrong, Or Evil, It Never Dies But As The Momentum Of The Con Carries Him Closer And Closer To What He Imagines Will Be A Moment Of Blissed Out Consummation With His Angel Mona, Jeffty Discovers There Are Some Severe Exceptions To His RuleSmart, Edgy, Caustically Funny, Love Is A Racket Puts John Ridley In A Darkly Comic League Of His Own From The Hardcover Edition

John Ridley IV born October 1965 2 is an American screenwriter, television director, novelist, and showrunner, known for 12 Years a Slave, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay He is also the creator and showrunner of the critically acclaimed anthology series American Crime His most recent work is the documentary film Let It Fall Los Angeles 1982 1992 Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name.This profile may contain books from multiple authors of this name.

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  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Love Is a Racket
  • John Ridley
  • 19 October 2017
  • 0345421469

10 thoughts on “Love Is a Racket

  1. Ice says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here At several points Love Is a Racket is outright offensive in its depiction of Jeffty Kittridge s Hollywood skid row world Yet, Jeffty s narrative voice is so compelling, so real, that you want to know how he makes out.The novel begins with Ty a heavy working for the local loan shark, Dumas breaking Jeffty s fingers The fingers become a symbol of Jeffty s relentless bad luck as he tries and fails time and again to make the 15,000 he owes Dumas Years ago, the reader discovers, Jeffty had come At several points Love Is a Racket is outright offensive in its depiction of Jeffty Kittridge s Hollywood skid row world Yet, Jeffty s narrative voice is so compelling, so real, that you want to know how he makes out.The novel begins with Ty a heavy working for the local loan shark, Dumas breaking Jeffty s fingers The fingers become a symbol of Jeffty s relentless bad luck as he tries and fails time and again to make the 15,000 he owes Dumas Years ago, the reader discovers, Jeffty had come to Hollywood as an aspiring scriptwriter a life that Jonathan Ridley lived, ultimately writing episodes of Martin, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and The John Laroquette Show , but he now declares himself a grifter, a gambler, and, gradually, a drunk Several roads to salvation emerge in Jeffty s nightmare life.At one point, it seems that a day at the races just might erase his debts His friend, Nellis, reappears at another moment a junkie and, strangely, a master of Zen poker who hopes to win Jeffty s money for him And, finally, Mona, an attractive young homeless woman, keeps showing up until Jeffty realizes that she is his last chance for escape.Despite its grim subject matter, the book is sexy and often outright funny My good luck was LA s a great place to work Except for the smog and the gang violence, the brushfires in summer, the rain and floods in the winter, it s great Ridley injects bits of Eastern mysticism and icy realism to suggest a deeper truth behind Jeffty s tragicomic fa ade While it s not a book for the overly sensitive, it is a masterpiece of noir black comedy that recalls El Leonard s best writing.Ridley s second novel after Stray Dogs, 1997 brings panache and a kooky premise to a familiar setting Jeffty is an African American L.A grifter whose hustles inevitably fail, whose screenplay everyone deems beautiful and whose plot to wring money from old time movie mogul Moe Steinberg is as quintessentially Hollywood gothic as a mansion on Mulholland Drive Jeffty concocts the scam of a lifetime to enact revenge on his bookie, Dumas, whose goon breaks Jeffty s finger Sadly for him and for us, Dumas proceeds to bump off Jeffty s best chance of making the payback money and the story s most interesting character Nellis, a wife killing junkie who wins fortunes by applying Zen techniques to poker games.Jeffty is left to run his scam using a beautiful street girl, Mona, who bears an uncanny resemblance to James Dean s dead, sometime girlfriend, the real life movie star Pier Angeli It seems Steinberg may have orchestrated Dean s death in order to get close to Angeli Jeffty s sure that when he sees this perfect replica, dressed up in 1950s clothes, Steinberg will refuse her nothing While the swindle plays out, a cop called Dentphy pressures Jeffty to inform on Dumas By the time the scam and story reach their climax, the characters don t know whom to trust and neither do readers The preposterous plot is less important than Jeffty s voice, saturated with classic noir self mockery and convincingly compromised morals.Even if Ridley ignores such glaring questions as why he keeps a gun he never uses, or why Dumas leaves Jeffty alone long enough to carry out his plan, die hard fans of neo pulp will forgive these slips with hardly a second thought 50,000 first printing

  2. Alfonso D& says:

    Ieri, 4 agosto 2017, mentre sul mare di fronte a Umago si stava alzando il sole, i turisti tedeschi si lanciavano ad occupare le sdraio in piscina come i progenitori nelle Ardenne e l impianto di condizionamento dell albergo dava i primi segni di cedimento, alle ore 8.25 circa l urlo giunto il momento della vaccata letteraria attraversava le mie sinapsi rese pigre dal sonno un appuntamento quasi irrinunciabile terminate le prime e sospirate giornate di lettura compulsiva, generalmente app Ieri, 4 agosto 2017, mentre sul mare di fronte a Umago si stava alzando il sole, i turisti tedeschi si lanciavano ad occupare le sdraio in piscina come i progenitori nelle Ardenne e l impianto di condizionamento dell albergo dava i primi segni di cedimento, alle ore 8.25 circa l urlo giunto il momento della vaccata letteraria attraversava le mie sinapsi rese pigre dal sonno un appuntamento quasi irrinunciabile terminate le prime e sospirate giornate di lettura compulsiva, generalmente appaganti, giunge il momento in cui la mia materia celebrale brama un testo di timbro estivo, uno di quei romanzi in cui volti una pagina dopo l altra inseguendo un improbabile protagonista e rendendoti perfettamente conto che di quelle frasi fra meno di una settimana non sar sopravvissuto NULLA.La vaccata letteraria dell agosto 2017 stata Cose che capitano solo a Los Angeles di John Ridley.Cose che capitano solo a Los AngelesIl protagonista, Jeffty Kittridge, uno sceneggiatore fallito che vive di piccole truffe ed espedienti a Los Angeles Presto direi a pagina uno scopriamo che deve un sacco di soldi al ras di turno un mafiosetto dal nome improbabilmente letterario, Dumas e che ogni suo tentativo di estinguere il debito va incontro a risultati rivedibili l occasione per dare il via a un romanzo ricco di elementi che contraddistinguono la vaccata letteraria risse e rumori di ossa infrante, spari inevitabilmente indirizzati alla fronte e relativa disgustosa descrizione degli effetti , sesso a capitoli alternati Ma mannaggia a Ridley il romanzo si riempie imprevedibilmente di riflessioni sulla Vita, sull A e sul Destino che potrebbero persino essere profond, ma cavoli No io volevo solo una di quelle robe che leggi e il tempo passa e tra due giorni non ti ricordi un tubo, e invece il finale mi ha persino lasciato l amaro in bocca.Quindi ora non so se ho letto una Vera Vaccata Letteraria o no E mi toccher approfondire.HTTP www.capitolo23.com

  3. Luca Trovati says:

    Entrare in empatia con il protagonista di questo hard boiled un casino.Un fallito, fatto e finito.Ho provato una vera e propria gamma di emozioni contrastanti durante lo svolgimento della storia emozioni che viravano dalla compassione, all odio fino alla speranza Speranza che a un certo punto da fallito riuscisse ad elevarsi a redento, a vincente.Succedono tante di quelle cose che mettermi ad elencarle ci vorrebbe mezza giornata Le ultime cinquanta pagine sono un gioello Il finale perfet Entrare in empatia con il protagonista di questo hard boiled un casino.Un fallito, fatto e finito.Ho provato una vera e propria gamma di emozioni contrastanti durante lo svolgimento della storia emozioni che viravano dalla compassione, all odio fino alla speranza Speranza che a un certo punto da fallito riuscisse ad elevarsi a redento, a vincente.Succedono tante di quelle cose che mettermi ad elencarle ci vorrebbe mezza giornata Le ultime cinquanta pagine sono un gioello Il finale perfetto

  4. Nour Charif says:

    Amazing novel , first book to read for John Ridley

  5. Chris says:

    This story is about a small time con man losing gambler s adventures in trying to pay back his Haitian loan shark, Mr Dumas.Our main character, Jeffty, always loses even when one thinks he wins, he still loses Jeffty s old best friend, Nellis, drops back into his life and makes him lose hope Mr Dumas makes Jeffty lose his friends Mr Dumas s apologetic henchman, Ty, makes Jeffty lose his lunch and dexterity and self esteem The dirty policemen make Jeffty lose any street credibility And f This story is about a small time con man losing gambler s adventures in trying to pay back his Haitian loan shark, Mr Dumas.Our main character, Jeffty, always loses even when one thinks he wins, he still loses Jeffty s old best friend, Nellis, drops back into his life and makes him lose hope Mr Dumas makes Jeffty lose his friends Mr Dumas s apologetic henchman, Ty, makes Jeffty lose his lunch and dexterity and self esteem The dirty policemen make Jeffty lose any street credibility And finally, Mona, the street urchin, makes him lose his mind These are only 5 of the characters that cause Jeffty to lose, but the book is filled with many .Jeffty just may have the where with all to pull out one last con and get out of the racket

  6. Eric says:

    Gritty story about a very small time conman in debt to a bookie and his efforts to get out that debt I can t say its an enjoyable read as much that what goes on is pretty grim but it is an absorbing one The pacing is a little odd in that there s a dramatic shift in plot direction midway through the book The plot wasn t predictable enough that I knew for certain was coming so even the inevitable climax had enough surprises This is the second book by the author of Stray Dogs which became the m Gritty story about a very small time conman in debt to a bookie and his efforts to get out that debt I can t say its an enjoyable read as much that what goes on is pretty grim but it is an absorbing one The pacing is a little odd in that there s a dramatic shift in plot direction midway through the book The plot wasn t predictable enough that I knew for certain was coming so even the inevitable climax had enough surprises This is the second book by the author of Stray Dogs which became the movie U Turn with Sean Penn that was filmed in Superior, AZ

  7. Morgan Barrat says:

    I loved his book I read it in 24 hours, couldn t put it down The characters and their developments through the book are so enticing A little graphic in parts but I think it adds to the rawness of the story The ending The ending I didn t expect it and it literally left my jaw gaping One of my top 3 books of all time.

  8. Tina says:

    This story started out kind of slow I started to enjoy it about half way through and kept reading until the end I was surprised at the ending at first, but, once I thought about it, it really should not have been a surprise Maybe a two and a half star rating.

  9. S.A. Cosby says:

    A tour de force of neo noir Mr Ridley is a master of pace and atmosphere and dialogue Jefty is an old fashioned character in a modern masterpiece Love is a Racket is a lean mean taut thriller that punches you in the gut from the first page and never lets up until it s incredible conclusion.

  10. Travis says:

    Ick I might have liked it better if I cared about any of the characters.

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