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[PDF.ePUB.MOBI]  Jack Carter's law Author Ted Lewis – serv3.3pub.co.uk ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☃ Jack Carter's law Author Ted Lewis – Serv3.3pub.co.uk With an Introduction by Max Allan CollinsThe author of Get Carter returns to his greatest invention a smooth operating hardcase named Jack Carter who is about to burn a city down in order to silence a With an Introduction by Max Allan CollinsThe author of Get Carter returns to his greatest invention a smooth operating hardcase named Jack Carter who is about to burn a city down in order to silence an informant London The late s It's Christmastime and Jack Carter is the top man in a crime syndicate headed by two brothers Gerald and Les Fletcher He’s also a worried man The fact that he’s sleeping with Gerald’s wife Audrey and that they plan on someday running away together with a lot of the Jack Carter's PDF/EPUB or brothers’ money doesn’t have Jack concerned Instead it’s an informant—one of his own men—that has him losing sleep The grass has enough knowledge about the firm to not only bring down Gerald and Les but Jack as well Jack doesn’t like his name in the mouth of that sort In Jack Carter’s Law Ted Lewis returned to the character that launched his career and once again delivered a hardboiled masterpiece Jack Carter is the ideal tour guide to a bygone London underworld In his uest to dismantle the opposition he peels back the veneer of English society and offers a hard look at a gritty world of pool halls strip clubs and the red lights of Soho nightlife From the Trade Paperback edition.


10 thoughts on “Jack Carter's law

  1. Bill Lynas Bill Lynas says:

    Many years ago I read the excellent novel Jack's Return Home by Ted Lewis which became the classic film Get Carter in 1971 It was only recently that I realised he had written two other books featuring CarterLewis writes good hard hitting prose it was great to see this preuel back in publication Although I didn't find it as gripping as Jack's Return Home it was good to see the character back in action I'm pleased that the very underrated Ted Lewis may now attract some new fans


  2. Laura Laura says:

    I'd be lying if I said this was as good as 'Jack's Return Home' That novel's use of a revenge plot gave it a moral centre Carter was a bastard but other bastards were much worse There was also a lot of evocative local detail some sharp dialogue much of which survives in the screenplay of 'Get Carter' and a very dramatic finale Yes it's misogynistic and nasty but that's British noir for you 'Jack Carter's Law' doesn't have the same sense of wild justice running through it and as Carter searches for a grass in the snowy streets of London in the run up to Christmas 1970 I found it hard to care whether he caught him or not There's bent coppers massage parlours blaggers perhaps even misogyny than the original novel and the occasional good one liner or turn of phrase but Lewis seems to be bulldozing through the action and there's no space for the nuances that made 'JRH' so entertaining It's interesting to learn about Carter though the version of him here seems much 'London' than the one in the seuel At times I wondered if Lewis could have done with a assertive editor to pull him into line a little Reading recently about his drinking habits I'm sure booze dulled the book's edge and don't try to match Carter drink for drink in this one kidsI like this novel and I like Lewis's work but I think there is a perceptible decline here from the novel which made his name


  3. Ron Ron says:

    Body count and Menace Jack Carter works for some nasty people and the people that know know that he is dangerous when things start to go wrong for his firm its up to Jack to put things right and the body count mounts rapidly Better then Get Carter I believe Ted is off and running now Jack book 2 this is an exciting read with wonderfully NON politically correct bad language lots of smoking drinking and sawn off shot guns set around the 60's no mobile phones etc But imagine Pale Beige Corduroy suit Lavender Shirt carefully knotted brown silk tie with a pair of off white suede slip ons and socks to match the colour of the tie niceTed Lewis draws you in with a great read and well very sad and angry for Lesley


  4. Nigeyb Nigeyb says:

    Although Jack Carter's Law is the second of the Jack Carter trilogy it's actually a preuel to Get Carter aka Jack's Return Home Jack Carter's Law is all set in London and for those like me who grew up in 1970s Britain it's a familiar trawl through an era when crime was all about blags boozers brasses snouts shooters and grasses Bent coppers rub shoulders with villains and nobody emerges with much creditJack Carter's Law is not as accomplished as Get Carter but it's still a great read The set pieces are suitably uncompromising and violent however what makes the book special is the character of Jack Carter He's a professional and generally one step ahead of those he deals with including his inept bosses The set up is such that he cannot walk away from his bosses Many of the same characters from Get Carter reappear in Jack Carter's Law which adds to the enjoyment especially with some of the insights the reader gains from Get CarterJack Carter's Law nails 1970's Soho and London generally the seediness the sualor the boozers the snooker halls and the endemic corruption If you enjoyed Get Carter then this will doubtless hit the spot tooI'm looking forward to the third and final part of the Jack Carter trilogy Jack Carter and the Mafia Pigeon


  5. Peter Peter says:

    Money apart it’s rarely a good idea to write a seuel to a successful book Whatever you come up with it’s pretty much bound to compare poorly with the original Having said that Jack Carter’s Law is not half bad The narrative – busy and violent – bustles along briskly enough but it’s the writing that makes it worthwhile Ted Lewis’s characters his ear for dialogue and his eye for closely observed detail plunge us deep into the seamy underside of late sixties’ London Jack moves between penthouse suites where successful villains try to impress with Swedish decor smart cars and designer clothes to sualid dives where the less successful try to cadge a beer and a bacon sandwich Read a line like “ The remaining strands of hair on top of his head glisten with Brylcreem under the naked light bulbs” and you know which side of London you’re onIt seems like even the least character in a Ted Lewis novel – a bouncer or a passer by – is caught and animated in a few pen strokes Jack Carter’s Law may lack the impetus and drive of Get Carter but just read it for these pinpoint sketches of people and locales They’re pitch perfect


  6. Warren Stalley Warren Stalley says:

    Gang land enforcer and all round hard man Jack Carter descends through the murky Seventies London underworld in search of Police informer Jimmy Swann who threatens the illegal business empire of his employers Gerald and Les Fletcher Author Ted Lewis returns to his most famous literary creation Jack Carter Lewis expertly manages to evoke a grey world of adult themes – treachery violence blackmail and deceit wrapped up in cigarette smoke alcohol grease grime and sawn off shotguns Although Jack Carter’s Law is a compelling crime novel for me it doesn’t uite have the same emotional impact as Jack’s Return Home aka Get Carter or GBH Any readers wishing to seek out the most impressive work from Ted Lewis would be best advised to start with Jack’s Return Home or GBH first before considering Jack Carter’s Law


  7. Martin Stanley Martin Stanley says:

    A solid piece of British Crime fiction by one of its masters Not as good as Jack's Return Home but still a cracking thriller with a nicely evoked London setting


  8. Alex Gherzo Alex Gherzo says:

    Presumably to avoid marring the ambiguity of his novel's ending Ted Lewis' followups to Get CarterJack's Return Home are preuels showing the London fixer at work for his underworld bosses Jack Carter's Law while not as good as its predecessor is a fun trudge through the London crime scene of the late 60's and early 70's with England's most ruthless gangster as your guide As Christmas approaches Jack Carter is tasked with hunting down a traitor looking to send Carter's associates to prison along with Carter himselfSpoilersWhile the previous book showed Carter on a personal mission of vengeance Jack Carter's Law has him on the job muscling every crook in London to search for a grass who can do his bosses Gerald and Les Fletcher irreparable damage Carter is a consummate professional knowing exactly how to play every step of his manhunt Most of the people he interrogates are suitably coerced into cooperation with very subtle threats but when he comes across a tougher customer Carter knows just how far to push them His professionalism is contrasted by the ineptitude of his partners Even the best of them don't have Carter's deft touch and than once Carter considers killing one of them Peter the Dutchman which is funny considering the events of Get Carter; it's strange knowing what happens later to see Peter and Con as his sidekicks in this one Several pieces including the introduction to this edition of the book have compared Jack Carter to Richard Stark's Parker a favorite of mine and I can see the similarities although I still like Parker better and take umbrage with Max Allan Collins when he says Carter makes Parker look like Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm; balderdash Parker is at least as ruthless and efficient as Carter and would most certainly have killed Peter right then and there and he wouldn't have shown half the concern for Lesley's well being that Carter does Carter's a nasty fellow and his trek through London's seedy underbelly is a fun rideThe insights into his personality aren't as plentiful as they were in Get Carter part of what makes that book superior to this one but when they do show up they're interesting He's not overly concerned with Gerald and Les for example and would be content to let them rot in prison as he made off with Gerald's wife Audrey with whom he's having an affair but Jimmy Swann has implicated Carter as well so he has to fix the problem whether he wants to or not More than just Audrey though he resents Gerald and Les because they aren't very bright or at least not as bright as he is The syndicate it seems would fall apart without Carter to keep it intact and it angers him that he is constantly having to clean up the messes his superiors make It puts his affair with Audrey into a bit of perspective as well; it's a very dangerous situation in which to place himself one that catches up with him come Get Carter but Gerald and Les are so incompetent he has no doubt he'll get away with it Moreover he explains why Audrey is so different from all the other girls he could have and it makes sense that he would go to such great lengths to be with her I also like how Audrey herself is characterized like Carter she's smarter than Gerald and Les and capable of running the business herself when the brothers spirit themselves away to avoid the law Getting in Carter's mind is my favorite part of these books because he's such an interesting characterThe pace is very similar to Get Carter starting off slow slower this time; to be honest in the beginning parts of the book drag a bit too much and steadily uickening in pace until Carter is fighting for his life constantly I liked how the plot gets bigger and bigger as well from a lone traitor looking to save himself to his being in league with corrupt cops to a rival mob faction looking to supplant Gerald and Les as the kingpins of London crime with their desperate gamble mirroring Carter's own with Audrey There's also a tremendous amount of British slang much of which had me looking up terms online as I read Collins in his introduction says that many of them are relics of the time in which the book was written so it might not just be my American sensibilities which adds to the flavorGet Carter is better but Jack Carter's Law is still a good hard boiled crime novel After working all year to be on Santa's nice list it's cathartic to get a little naughty with Jack Carter


  9. Scott Scott says:

    Though not uite the classic that Get Carter is Jack Carter's Law is a great read and a entertaining one than its predecessor For obvious reasons this book is a preuel to Ted Lewis's first Carter novel following the London mafia fixer through a few very rough days in The Big Smoke While his and his bosses' livelihoods come under serious attack we get to follow Jack around as he muscles and mouths his way around and through various obstacles set up throughout the criminal underworld And it's a blast While we get to see some of Jack's whip crack sarcasm in the original book his mission was a bit too grim and personal for things to get too humorous In Law there are great lines from start to finish as Jack offers us readers his snide insights on his fellow criminals nearly all of whom he considers intellectual cripples and incompetant doorknobs The fact that he calls them out right to their faces and dares them to argue makes for plenty of laughs The story is the stuff of basic noir a convoluted plot that only the protagonist manages to navigate is the backdrop As usual it's of an excuse for Carter to do his thing despite occassionally being thrown off kilter As with Get Carter there's than a dash of misogyny as female characters are basically there for either sex or abuse or both This is a bit distasteful but it does fit right in with the sordid nature of the entire setting If you liked Get Carter rest assured that you'll like this one Don't be surprised if you actually enjoy it a little too


  10. Steve Aldous Steve Aldous says:

    Jack Carter’s Law is Ted Lewis’ follow up to his highly influential Jack’s Return Home which was filmed as and later retitled Get Carter This second book in the series is set prior to the first Whereas Jack’s Return Home gave Lewis’ anti hero a personal vendetta as motivation for the ensuing mayhem here Carter is acting in his role as fixerenforcer for one of London’s biggest criminal gangs As such there is little for the reader to root for in a cast of characters that have few if any redeeming ualities That said Lewis masterfully keeps you engaged through his first person perspective Written in the present tense not a popular style but effective here the action feels immediate and the tension is kept high Lewis also has a penchant for long descriptive paragrpahs punctuated by salty and humorous dialogue The book is not for the faint hearted – there are several moments of brutality and cruelty – but for fans of gritty pulp fiction this is a great example of the genre Lewis became something of a cult figure in the world of gritty crime fiction and unfortunately died young aged only 42 after a battle with alcoholism


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