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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. 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. It wasn’t great and it’s definitely not high literature, but it set out to do a job and succeeded at it. There’s a particular scene where Frankie is trying to interrogate someone, Ronnie goes on to say that Jack, Frankie’s brother, had asked he question - impossible given where Jack is!

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. What’s also fun is the casual name-drop of the author into the conversation of two sarcastic snooker players, which produces an unnerving effect not unlike when a real city is referred to in Kafka. Fairly functional crime thriller in which a young nightclub owner has to prove the innocence of his younger brother who has been accused of murder. I’m a total fan anyway, so I was ready to like this book; but I really do think that it’s right up there in the genre.This is understandable, given that O’Sullivan’s father was put away for 18 years on a murder charge when Ronnie was just 16. This is a reputation I haven't exactly helped since I became the world's leading expert on the literary career of Steve Bruce. And things are about to get a whole lot worse when Frankie’s brother Jack is accused of killing a bride-to-be. 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.

All i can say is i am glad i read this,it is a story that keeps you guessing and one that makes you want things to turn out right, brotherly love is where it's at. i didn't realise this was the snooker player, writing this, the name didn't register at first, just as well cos i would have passed the book over thinking there would have been too much about the sport in it . With an absent mother and a father in jail, it falls on Frankie to try and help prove Jack's innocence.

Maybe it's the my own minded romance of London gangs in the 90's that kept me hooked but if you want something a little different, or to get you thinking back a little with a good story then add this to your collection.

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