Love Is a Racket




      Love Is a Racket
In 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 15K 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 rule.Smart, edgy, caustically funny, Love Is a Racket puts John Ridley in a darkly comic league of his own From the Hardcover edition. New Download Love Is a Racket by John Ridley For Kindle ePUB or eBook – bluevapours.co.uk

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      Love Is a Racket
 By John Ridley IBN : 0345421469 Format : Paperback – bluevapours.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Love Is a Racket
  • John Ridley
  • 20 October 2018
  • 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 ro...

  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...

  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 metterm...

  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 credibili...

  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 c...

  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 b...

  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. Shawn 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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