By J. J. Connolly
Our narrator’s too shrewdpermanent to inform you his identify (“if I [did], you’d be as shrewdpermanent as me”), yet he’s now not afraid to inform you every 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 best broker buying and selling hundreds of thousands or a down-and-out highway pusher, is it is advisable to relate to plenty of overall idiots - loudmouths and tough-guy wannabes who aren't afraid to "get nicked through previous invoice and thrown within the boob" (arrested via 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 previous veteran accomplice, Mister Mortimer, a guy who gave the narrator his commence within the enterprise, and who has noticeable his percentage of felony (five and a part yr time period) and lethal fights (he owns a porn shop, and likes to arrange men trying to find baby porn through directing them back at a different time, then beating the residing daylights out of them after they return). Our narrator’s objective is to retire at 30 and spend his closing years faraway from the chance and double-dealing of London's crime gangs. yet like so much excessive rollers, he reveals it not easy to stroll clear of "just yet another" deal.
Morty jewelry up our narrator one early Saturday morning with a call for participation to an unique participants in simple terms eating place remote within the English nation-state. They’re off for “a spot of luncheon” with the Don, Jimmy expense. Jimmy is a legend, a criminal offense boss who’s been within the enterprise for years via hiring the simplest legal professionals and retaining a low-key profile. this can be a guy who's regularly 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 whilst over lunch, Jimmy fingers down a tricky project: locate Charlotte Ryder, the lacking wealthy princess daughter of Jimmy's previous buddy Edward, a strong development company 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 desires. financial institution and bank card fraud is his exchange, with a fit dollop of hustling younger ladies out in their belief cash for sturdy degree. On his approach to meet Bogus, he runs right into a small time punk named Sid in a neighborhood nightclub who runs with a band of thugs known as “the Yahoos.” With him is a beautiful girl, a “real love-a-player sort” named Tammy. Sid tells our narrator a bloody tale a few buddy of his named “The Duke” who lately received ambushed by means of a cutting-edge workforce armed with laser sighted Uzis. Our narrator won’t work out the importance of this tale till later as he’s too busy testing Tammy, who flirtatiously provides him her quantity whereas Sid is distracted.
Our narrator studies 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 wishes 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, vast Frankie and JD whereas ultimately catching up with Billy Bogus, who consents to assist locate our narrator Charlotte by means of monitoring down Charlotte’s boyfriend Kinky—for a value, of course.
Big Frankie and JD hold quiet approximately the place they’ve gotten the drugs, however the “gear” is top of the range, proven via 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 by way of a guy named Trevor, up in Northern England who he thinks might be ideal to dump the products on. There’s just one challenge – they don’t wish the products. This workforce informs our narrator that an Ecstasy manufacturing unit has been hijacked—most most probably through the Yahoos—and now a brutal neo-Nazi sect desires these tablets again. They’ve already hit up a home that belongs to “the Duke”, and this is 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 discovered Kinky. useless. In a London housing undertaking. It appears like a customary drug overdose, yet a tender child drug broker who helped Bogus locate Kinky says he used to be 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 building website to satisfy with their boss, Eddie Ryder, Charlotte’s father. Eddie tells our narrator that Jimmy expense 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 song of 13 million kilos. to drag himself out of the opening, he organize the narrator to discover Eddie’s daughter, then carry her for ransom. The double pass, notwithstanding, becomes a triple go whilst Eddie performs our narrator a tape that unearths Jimmy expense is an informer for the police and has manage a sting for our narrator the place he plans to ship him to detention center 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 alters from a turn-the-other-cheek diplomat to a revenge-charged hit guy in a single day, beginning by means of killing Jimmy expense. subsequent, he is of the same opinion to promote the ecstasy capsules to Ryder, who plans to dump them to the Yakuza in Japan, so that it will placed a pleasant bite of swap in our narrator’s pocket. previous to he leaves, our narrator mentions a little 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 principles approximately doing so.
Suddenly, the entire narrator’s difficulties regarded solved. Jimmy’s useless, 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 until he confesses. Our narrator performs the tape Ryder gave him for Gene and Morty, revealing Jimmy’s double-dealings with the police. Gene we could our narrator cross and is of the same opinion 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 assemble the loot, he makes a decision to offer Tammy a choice earlier 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 facility, and is ordered into retirement and exile by way of the law enforcement officials. He earrings Tammy to provide her yet another likelihood to fulfill, yet she tells him “girls like harmful men yet you’re heavily fuckin’ lifestyles threatening. what percentage ladies have you learnt prove coated 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, dwelling a existence the place he can have in mind why he left the enterprise, yet always remember why he can’t let us know his name.