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Viva La Madness. J.J. Connolly


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J.J. Connolly was born and brought up in north-east London. His first published story was in the Brit Pulp! anthology. He is the author of acclaimed bestseller Layer Cake, which he adapted into a film script for Sony Pictures and is directed by Matthew Vaughn. Viva la Madness is the heart-racing sequel to Layer Cake.


'Masterful plotting - double-crosses abound - a cracking pace and some truly excellent set pieces including a chase through the London underground all lead up to a wham-bam ending. Fast, furious, funny and highly recommended for fans of Layer Cake and new readers alike.'

* Guardian *

'Connolly's style is fast and funny and just frightening enough to make you sit up all night.'

* Independent on Sunday *

'The novel has its predecessor's driving energy and the protagonist's disparate colleagues are terrific characters.'

* The Sunday Times *

Sophie Riedesel is a typical teenager, but her life of movies, bickering with her parents, and dating her boyfriend turns nightmarish when Adolf Hitler's swift rise to power creates mistrust and fear throughout 1930s Berlin. As Sophie becomes aware of the rising tide of hatred, her sympathetic views come in direct conflict with her Nazi father's. She finds refuge in befriending her widowed neighbor Isaac Zarco, leader of a secret resistance group called the Ring. Its members are former circus performers whose genetic physical imperfections are a target for Hitler's eugenic policies. When a betrayal sends a member of the Ring to the newly built Dachau concentration camp, Sophie insists on helping Isaac unearth the name of the traitor while hiding behind the disguise of an obedient Hitler Youth. Verdict Adding a touch of Jewish mysticism to his historical thriller, Zimler (The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon) excellently captures the gamut of tumultuous emotions in his intense and detailed portrait of a city destined for war, and his exceptionally drawn characters struggling to survive in a world gone mad make for an unforgettable story.-Joy Gunn, Henderson Dist. PLs, NV (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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