Booze and Burn by Charlie Williams

By Charlie Williams

During this darkly comedic follow-up to Charlie Williams’ leap forward novel Deadfolk, Hoppers head doorman Royston Blake is once more as much as his eyeballs in hassle of the worst type. in view that his face-off with the Munton brothers, Blake has been having fun with lifestyles as a “pillar” of the Mangel neighborhood. certain, it’s a bleak and really dodgy city, yet it’s his city all of the comparable. not less than, till enigmatic outsider Nick Nopoly waltzes in and starts off amassing buddies speedier than can in all likelihood be criminal. Blake doesn’t imagine a lot of him till he notices a transformation within the habit of Hoppers’ more youthful consumers: much less beery violence, extra nonsensical blathering. but if Doug the shopkeeper involves Blake for support “sorting out” the newcomer (who simply occurs to be relationship Doug’s teenage daughter), the bruiser figures supporting out Doug can be reliable for business…never brain the four hundred cigarettes and four hundred cans of lager the shopkeeper has provided as money. in fact, Mangel is Mangel, and it wouldn’t be a typical day if Blake didn’t quickly locate himself in an unholy mess. Raunchy, violent, and hysterical, Booze and Burn is an addictive journey into the darkish underbelly of small-town England.

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He were aiming to knock us down a notch by leaving that one out. And he did know everything, despite his saying different. If he weren’t bleating about the motor, not even for a fiver, it were cos he had a good reason not to. And I didn’t like the fucking sound of that. DRINK MORE, SEE MORE The Management is proud to announce, after a long absence, the return of STRIPPERS to Hoppers. From now on the most beautiful young ladies in the Mangel area will be paraded before you every night of the week STARTING TOMORROW.

And he were dressed like a cunt: jeans and hooded jogging top, the both about eight sizes too big for him. He stopped five yard off and spread his arms wide, like he were showing us how long a yard were. He had a big smile across his chops and all, and I didn’t much care for it. ’ I says, looking him up and down. I had a good mind to smack him, acting like he were somebody when any cunt could see he were fuck all. I’d never clocked the bastard before in me life. And that ain’t summat you’ll often see in Mangel—a face you ain’t seen fifty times already.

I trotted up to her and offered my hand. I might be a cunt now and then, but if I knocks a bird down I’ll always help her up again. ‘Blip,’ she says. I waggled my ear with me free hand, reckoning quite reasonably that I’d heard her wrong. ’ I pulled back the other hand, which she hadn’t took up the offer of anyhow. Some folks was coming out of Hoppers behind us, a feller and a bird as it turned out. I went to salute em on their way but they was tonguing each other ragged and beyond saluting. I turned back to the girl on her arse, scraing my head.

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