Henry Sutton has collided with the crime genre in the past, but his new book is something quite unclassifiable. Sutton – who, as well as being a well-received novelist, is Books Editor of the Daily Mirror – has forged (in Get Me Out Of Here) a scabrously entertaining essay in excess, with its spleen-filled, self-loathing protagonist Matt Freeman locked in Olympian conflict with a surrealistically rendered (and seriously out of kilter) London. Far too savage to be considered as a Lucky Jim de nos jours, it’s an exhilarating, blackly sardonic odyssey (fuelled with doses of libidinous indulgence).

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