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The Syndicate by Guy Bolton

The Syndicate

Guy Bolton

4.00 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Oneworld Publications
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 4 Oct 2018
ISBN: 9781786074317

THE HOTLY ANTICIPATED NEW THRILLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE PICTURES - SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA NEW BLOOD AWARD.

4 stars out of 5
Jake Kerridge
27 Oct 2018

"Bolton's excellent novels are not just skilful evocations of the era but have a genuine darkness at their heart"

Now Bolton has written a sequel, The Syndicate, which opens in 1947 with his reluctantly decent fixer, Jonathan Craine, having happily escaped the Dream Factory and living a quiet life on a farm with his young son. But then mobsters turn up on a mission to coerce him into investigating the murder of the celebrity gangster Bugsy Siegel – a real-life, unsolved crime that Bolton has co-opted for his story. Craine finds himself back in Tinseltown, and when he's not bumping into Bogey and Judy, Gable and Mitchum, he's trading insults with a gorilla-like mob babysitter named Abe... Bolton's excellent novels are not just skilful evocations of the era but have a genuine darkness at their heart; there is more to them than the ersatz feeling of some other modern-day takes on Forties noir, which feel too much like the author is simply regurgitating The Black Dahlia. Bolton manages to convey something of the redemptive magic of the movie business, despite the misery he shows it to have entailed.

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4 stars out of 5
11 Oct 2018

"Bolton skilfully weaves fact with fiction"

Again, Bolton skilfully weaves fact with fiction, as the 1947 Siegel murder is one of the town’s most famous unsolved crimes...This is a razor-sharp evocation of the links between the movies and the mob and cements Bolton’s promise as a master of vintage Hollywood noir: it reeks of James Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential.

4 stars out of 5
Barry Forshaw
5 Oct 2018

"The unravelling of a connection between Hollywood and the criminal world is adroitly done"

His debut, The Pictures, was an incisive noir thriller set in this milieu, and The Syndicate (Point Blank, £14.99) is just as good...The unravelling of a connection between Hollywood and the criminal world is adroitly done, and the period language never sounds a false note.