One gun. 8 rounds. 9 dead. Work it out. After gunning down a mule delivering £2m in drugs to Albanian war criminal Kosta Ali Pasha, Slav hitman Miro Stanislav breaks the cardinal rule: never try your own supply ... and loses his prized Tokarev TT33. As rival gangs replay the Balkan War on the streets of London, the gun passes through the hands of a close-knit group of hip, in yer face friends, the weapon providing a mysterious charisma and changing lives – forever. Caught in a robbery, psychopath Martin Gilchrist shoots two people before burning down their house. Wildchild Bella puts on her old school uniform and goes home to visit her father one last time, while small-time dealer Krishna takes revenge on Kosta Ali Pasha, releasing the Romanian sex slave Alya from a life worse than death – all in a day in the life of a gun. "Compulsive and self-assured with an intricate plot that is only resolved on the last page." Jack Elgos, author of The Killer. Clifford Thurlow is the co-author of Making A Killing and Escape From Baghdad, two best-selling books on the Iraq War. Cocaine Confidence is his first thriller.
I read this pretty quick as I couldn't put it down. I have to admit I easily lose interest and concentration but this was brilliant! It has everything that makes for a great gang, drug fuelled story. It draws you in straight away and keeps you on the edge of your seat with suspense and intrigue all the way through. If you enjoy hardcore gang rival stories with adult themes and gritty writing I recommend this diamond of a thriller.
I tried to begin this novel/script relaxing in bed before zzz, after a couple of pages I had two choices, put the book down and go to sleep, or, get a fix of caffeine and get onboard.
What a trip through the darker side of London counterbalanced by our psychotic Serbian anti hero, I felt at times that our literary guide was trying too hard and then reminded myself that this work was meant and would better as a film script...but gripping it certainly was leaving me jacked up and wanting more with the cocks crowing at 7.00am-someone has to make this film !
A Slav hitman robs a rival Albanian gang of coke worth £2million - then loses his gun, a prized Slav Tokarev. While the gangsters arm up to replay the Balkan War on the streets of London, the gun ends up being passed about by a group of hip young habitués of seedy Soho, each finding the weapon fits perfectly in their palm and adds a layer of confidence they never knew they had. We meet a runaway schoolgirl, Bella, a girl with a grudge; a trannie named Trilby; Martin, the vain public schoolboy with a chip on his shoulder; the bored, beautiful model, Greta, and Krishna, son of a judge, a small time dealer trying to save the life of a girl enslaved by the Albanians and get back to his roots.
Cocaine Confidence is a fast-paced thriller with plenty of action, some fantastic characters who stick in the mind and a plot that keeps you gripped till the very last page. There's blood and mayhem, but there's some humour, too and, without giving too much away, the road out of hell leads to redemption.
The Tokarev TT33 is almost as iconic as the Kalashnikov but conveniently much smaller and, in author Clifford Thurlow's hands, far more deadly, because he passes one from misfit to murderous misfit in his cast of drug-glazed killers and don't-mess-with-me women in a world of smart-sleazy London clubs. There will be blood! Taut as a stripper's G-string, this is one hot yarn. Goferit.
Brilliant! The power of the gun returns in an action packed seedy chaotic thriller. Confidant and experienced writing sucked me into an underworld that Thurlow massaged into the page as a backdrop to real characters full of hate and humour. All the while, an entangled plot kept me scratching my head and forever turning pages until I was forced to stop. Thrillers can be hard to nail, Thurlow has. Bravo.