The Long Firm (Sceptre 21's) by Jake Arnott

By Jake Arnott

London. The Nineteen Sixties. The capital is swinging, yet beneath the boomtown there's a dismal underbelly. Meet Harry Starks: membership proprietor, racketeer, porn king, sociology graduate and prepared Judy Garland fan. Harry's company is fronting violence with tough appeal and inexpensive glamour; placing the frighteners on, appearing threat whereas attempting to desperately attempting to leap the counter into legitimacy. 5 characters inform 5 stories that mix in a unprecedented narrative that's either an explosively paced mystery and brilliantly imagined sociological and topographical portrait of sixties London.

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Kahlan scooped up the leggy bundle and returned it to its tail-wagging mother. As she lay down beside Richard, Kahlan saw the dark shape of Jennsen curl up by Betty and collect the twins in the tender bed of her arms, where they quickly settled down. Richard leaned over and gently kissed Kahlan's lips. " He laughed softly and kissed her forehead before lying on his side, away from her. She had been expecting an intimate promise, or at least a lighthearted remark. Kahlan curled up behind him and rested a hand on his shoulder.

He passed a suspicious look among the three women as they approached, but apparently thought better of saying anything. As Kahlan sat close at Richard's side, Tom offered him the first chunk he sliced from a long length of sausage. When Richard declined, Kahlan accepted it. Tom sliced off another piece and passed it to Cara and then another to Friedrich. Jennsen had gone to the wagon to search through her pack. Kahlan thought that maybe she just wanted to be alone a moment to collect herself. Kahlan knew how harsh her words had sounded, but she couldn't allow herself to do Jennsen the disservice of coddling her with pleasing lies.

Chapter 5 As tired as she was, it was a marvelous sensation being beside Richard and letting herself go, letting her concerns and worries go for the time being, and so effortlessly sinking into sleep. But the sleep seemed only just started when she woke to find Cara gently shaking her shoulder. Kahlan blinked up at the familiar silhouette standing over her. She ached to go back to sleep, to be left alone to be so wonderfully asleep again. " Kahlan asked. Cara nodded. " Kahlan glanced over her shoulder as she sat up, seeing that Richard was still fast asleep.

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