This book grabbed my attention from the very first page. I really didn’t want to put it down: it just sucked me in.
The story is set in the late 50s, early 60s, against a world emerging from the austerity of the post war years and the onset of the use of recreational drugs. A brand new world for one and all: opportunities abounding, and plenty of those in the murky world just the wrong side of the law.
The protagonist, Frank, climbs the corporate ladder by use of his wits and natural talent. But, Frank is a flawed character with an eye for the ladies and a liking for the drink. He gets caught out. He loses everything he’s worked for at a stroke. Then he thinks he sees a way of climbing back, but it all turns to the brown, sticky, smelly stuff.
I found the main character very reminiscent of Joe Lambton who was at the centre of John Braine’s Man at the Top book and TV series. In fact, the characterisation was so well done that in my mind's eye I cast a young Phil Daniels (Eastenders) as the cheeky, ever optimistic, Frank.
The characters were all well rounded and the plot quite credible. A very good read in my opinion.