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Framed

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To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The story is told from the point of view of Frankie James, eldest son of a jailed armed robber and owner of a Soho Snooker Club. das buch ist in englisch und der wirklich einzige kleine wermutstropfen ist das f-wort das so oft verwendet wird. There follows a Martina Cole-scented parade of ne'er-do-wells with filthy tongues and charming names.

He needs to find out who framed Jack and why; but that means entering the sordid world of bent coppers, ruthless mobsters and twisted killers. He'd pictured them together at meal times, or watching films in some echoing, flickering communal hall, or reading well-thumbed books in a dusty library – all fucking clichés of course, culled out of Shawshank, which he'd watched in the Odeon in Leicester Square only last year with Jack.

Of course, with O’Sullivan being known as the greatest snooker player who’s ever lived, there are a couple of references to the game throughout. I am not adverse to a bit of bad language in context but have to agree that it was a tad over the top. Ignoring the crime and solving thereof, it had a lot more going on around it which made it a very well balanced overall read for me. Overall, Framed might not be high art, but it is not without merit, and a fun old read for snooker fans and others alike.

But aside from a couple of throw-away scenes in which the hero plays a couple frames to kill some time, and a passing reference to getting "The Rocket" to play in a proposed tournament, there's virtually no snooker content at all. But when his younger brother, Jack, is accused of a vicious gang-related murder, Frankie must get his hands dirty to prove his brother's innocence.When this book debuted I was excited to read it, however for various reasons it sat on my shelf since 2017 until a few days ago when I got round to reading it.

Decent characters with potential to be expanded on when the next one is released, and of course a nice setting of a Snooker Club to which our main character runs. That style is replicated here in the first of a trilogy following cheeky snooker club owner Frankie James; with gangsters, police, family and murder. Fast paced and full of grit, this is the first crime novel from the UK’s most charismatic sporting genius. It's a sad fact that, although the always-contactable world in which we live is great for accessing cat memes, or telling your MP to go fuck herself because you're sad about the new Ghostbusters movie, it's utter death for any suspenseful thriller, and winding the clock back to before mobiles exist is a fairly common trope for avoiding such complications. Some readers might raise an eyebrow at the use of the label ‘athlete’ in the previous sentence, but I think here it is accurate — the new Masters champion Mark Allen once revealed in a mid-session-ask-the-stars-time-filler that his least favourite food was ‘vegetables’ and his favourite ‘takeaways’, but Ronnie O’Sullivan ran 40-45 miles a week before a dodgy heel forced him to cut down.But in this gangster underworld of drugs, violence and murder will Frankie be tough enough to get the truth, set his brother free and get out alive? Overall as a gangland thriller almost, Frames does lack the punch of a Martina Cole or Jessie Keane novel but as an enjoyable thriller in its own right it is definitely a book that I can recommend and I am excited to read the sequel. We have Frankie's younger brother jack racing to Frankie's snooker hall, covered in blood, tipped off that the police are after him. Framed sees Ronnie O’Sullivan turning his hand to fiction and writing something akin to the likes of Martina Cole and Mandasue Heller. I don't know if Ronnie is planning a sequel or maybe even a series of this book but if he ever does do a follow up I look forward to reading it.

I found myself coming back to it and wanting to get through to the next chapter to see what was coming next. Although it does flirt with it from time to time, the book on the whole avoids the nostalgic sentimentality that surrounds accounts of the Krays and the Richardsons, although its relationship with the underworld is complicated.This is a fast paced debut novel from Ronnie O’Sullivan (Snooker Player) which grips you right from the start to the very end, I enjoyed it and will read the next one "Double Kiss" (book 2 in the Soho Nights series.

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