It’s summer 1976 and hotter than Hades
Harry Spittle, nineteen, is home from university, aiming to earn some money to go on holiday and maybe get laid. He expects he will be bored rigid, but the appearance of old family friend, Charlie Jepson, his psychopathic son, Claude, and predatory wife Monica changes that. As his parents’ marriage implodes, Harry’s problems mount; before he knows it he’s in debt up to his ears and dealing in drugs. Things go from bad to worse when he is stabbed. He needs money fast, but now his job is at risk, his sister is in trouble and he has discovered a family secret that could destroy all he holds dear. The only way out appears to require that Harry joins forces with the local criminal mastermind. Can Harry survive to see out the summer? Can he save his family? Can he regain some credibility and self-respect? Most importantly will he finally get laid?
I bought this book back in October and immediately got sucked into it. Then life got in the way and I had to hit the pause button. When I picked it back up in December, I started back from the beginning and finished it rather quickly. (Though my review is coming rather late.)
From the very first chapter, I was pulled back and forth between feeling sorry for poor Harry and wanting to kick him while yelling at the Kindle for him to stand up for himself. He was the type of character that you wanted to root for no matter what situation he was put in, even if it was his own fault.
Even the other characters in the book were multifaceted and you were able to get a sense of why each one was the way they are, which is not always something that is accomplished when writing. The story was witty and full of twists and plots that kept me wondering what was going to happen next. I was easily transported back to 1970’s in a small European town and loved it.
I even picked up a few new word spellings along the way, and I do love learning new things.
Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle is a must read and in the mean time, I will be awaiting its sequel.