#BlogTour #Review Crack Apple and Pop by Saira Viola @sairaviola @F13Noir @fahrenheitpress @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

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I’m thrilled to be able to share my review of Crack Apple and Pop today by Saira Viola. Huge thank you to Emma at damppebbles blog tours for the invite and to Fahrenheit Press for the copy of the book.

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Crack Apple and Pop by Saira Viola
Published: 12th June 2018
Publisher: Fahrenheit 13
Rating: 5 stars


Tony is a handsome young boxer forced into a life of crime after suffering a vicious blow in the ring.

Seduced by the glitz and glamour of London and mentored by charismatic gang lord Don March he rises rapidly up the crime ladder until he spies an opportunity to start a semi-legit Natural Highs business.

Bankrolled by an eccentric British dandy and accompanied by a cast of starry misfits including a 3ft tall blue-haired money man, an Etonian drug mule, two dominatrix debt collectors, a dodgy lawyer and a host of demi-celebs, Tony carves out a roll for himself in a city where money creates its’ own morality.

All seems to be going well until in the shadows, a Bollywood mobster threatens to derail their plans.

Chaos ensues, of course it does – wonderful, beautiful, visceral chaos.

The deft wit of Hammett meets the vivid poetics of Chandler: Crack Apple and Pop is slick smart and razor sharp. A gritty and sometimes metafictive slice of London noir.

A city of artful dodgers, yardie gangsters, kinky aristos, cocaine dusted starlets and social thrill seekers where everyone’s hustling and everyone’s getting high.

Whether it’s law, finance, the music biz, or the boxing ring: money is king. And only the ones prepared to risk everything will survive…

My Review:

Oh my goodness, how on earth am I going to be able to review this unique and utterly fantastic read?! I apologise now, this will be a vague review, why I hear you ask? Well, the delights that are contained behind that gorgeous and colourful cover are best discovered by yourself. I don’t want to ruin the surprises that are in store for anyone!

So what can I tell you about this book? The characters are brilliant, they are brought to life and each have their own distinct voices. Saira’s writing is compelling, addictive and just fantastic. Right from the start I was hooked, I loved going into the criminal underbelly of London and I felt I was there amongst the characters myself. At times it was funny, the dialogue had me laughing and I was in awe of Saira’s writing style. I loved it.

The plot was interesting, I only skimmed over the blurb before I started so I didn’t quite know what to expect however I loved what I discovered behind the pages. As soon as I started reading this book I knew I had discovered something special, I am honestly lost for words as to how to describe the book! It had me turning the pages late into the night, I just couldn’t tear myself away from it.

Crack Apple and Pop is a unique and refreshing read from a talent who is just brilliant. The criminal world is fantastically explored and London is brought to life in a way that is quite different to other books set in London. It’s a very clever book that I will read again in the future. What can Saira write next? Well the bar is set very high now! I shall await eagerly in line.

Buy now: Amazon

Check out the tour here:

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About the Author:

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Saira Viola is an acclaimed novelist, poet, and song lyricist. From her early poetic experimentation with language, image and sound (a technique she has dubbed sonic scatterscript) to her novelistic ventures into the dark, absurd world of contemporary crime fiction, Viola’s work pulses with iconoclastic brio that mischievously blasts the golden calves of our times. Literary Heavyweight Benjamin Zephaniah, has praised her ‘twisted beautiful imagination,’ and polymathic genius, Heathcote Williams (RIP) her ‘hypnotic explosive’, writing style. Twice Nominated for Best of The Net 2017 Pushcart Prize Nominee 2017 Rascal Magazine. Viola’s poetry collection Flowers of War debuted at the New York Poetry Festival and published by UB Press. Novels Jukebox (Fahrenheit Press) Crack Apple and Pop (Fahrenheit Press) Viola is a regular contributor to counterculture magazines Gonzo Today and International Times.



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