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Tom of a cliff with him inside Jack thinks that Frank's death is suspicious so he decides to t Tell him Tell him I m fcking comingOriginally titled Jack s Return Home this 1970 novel from Ted Lewis is the story of Jack Carter and his return to Doncaster from London after the death of his estranged older brother Jack is certain that it was murder and will have his vengeance in this life or the nextTaking place between Thursday Night and Sunday morning there s no time to blink let alone breath as Carter tackles his problems at an unrelenting pace Having as much in common with kitchen sink dramas such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning as violent revenge thrillers like The Hunter the bodies still manage to pile up by the final page thanks to Carter s no holds barred attitudeLewis really captured the time and place with his prose the description of working class lifestyles in Britain in the 70s painted in true grim light and the attitudes are guaranteed to shock in this age of cotton wool and insane politcal correctness Not that I m advocating violence towards women rape murder and mayhem underage pornography bent cops paki bashing or anything else that takes place during these three days but I think ignoring the fact that it actually used to happen and still does happen is even absurd than those who perpetrate such things there s no revelling in the gruesome details this is the true bleak reality of it and Lewis makes it clear that it s not a glamourous lifeCarter is a fascinating mix of hard case hitman hard boiled hero cocky geezer frightened boy regret filled and growing old a little bit of Alfie a major influence on The Limey and if Guy Ritchie hadn t read it he at least saw the movie before making Lock Stock Two Smoking Barrels Incredibly this novel was the basis for three movie adaptations but I think it s fair to say that none of them captured the true essence of the book Michael Caine may have come closest in 1971 but having seen it a couple of times I know for a fact it was toned down and several aspects changed despite my having forgotten the entire plot by the time it came to reading the book Of the two American versions I would recommend the blaxploitation version Hit Man over the Stallone abomination every timeTed Lewis died at the horribly young age of 42 but wrote several novels after this one I think after the brilliant promise shown in this novel I will have to check out of his work Hour of the Beast return to Doncaster from London after the death of his estranged older brother Jack is certain that it was murder and will have his vengeance in this life or the nextTaking place between Thursday Night and Sunday morning there s no time to blink let alone breath as Carter tackles his problems at an unrelenting pace Having as much in common with kitchen sink dramas such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning as violent Dictionary Of Dreams revenge thrillers like The Hunter the bodies still manage to pile up by the final page thanks to Carter s no holds barred attitudeLewis The Love of a Latino really captured the time and place with his prose the description of working class lifestyles in Britain in the 70s painted in true grim light and the attitudes are guaranteed to shock in this age of cotton wool and insane politcal correctness Not that I m advocating violence towards women Other Days, Other Eyes rape murder and mayhem underage pornography bent cops paki bashing or anything else that takes place during these three days but I think ignoring the fact that it actually used to happen and still does happen is even absurd than those who perpetrate such things there s no Deception Island revelling in the gruesome details this is the true bleak The Family reality of it and Lewis makes it clear that it s not a glamourous lifeCarter is a fascinating mix of hard case hitman hard boiled hero cocky geezer frightened boy The First Partition of Poland regret filled and growing old a little bit of Alfie a major influence on The Limey and if Guy Ritchie hadn t The Hero of Varay read it he at least saw the movie before making Lock Stock Two Smoking Barrels Incredibly this novel was the basis for three movie adaptations but I think it s fair to say that none of them captured the true essence of the book Michael Caine may have come closest in 1971 but having seen it a couple of times I know for a fact it was toned down and several aspects changed despite my having forgotten the entire plot by the time it came to Palestrina and Other Plays reading the book Of the two American versions I would Blackmailed By Daddy recommend the blaxploitation version Hit Man over the Stallone abomination every timeTed Lewis died at the horribly young age of 42 but wrote several novels after this one I think after the brilliant promise shown in this novel I will have to check out of his work

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Jack's Return Home

Alk to a few people Frank was a mild man and did as he was told but Jack's not a bit like that Psycho runs amok in a northern English town not Doncaster to revenge his brother s death Satisfyingly grim but I missed some leavening wit or intelligence Good read but no Red Harvest

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Doncaster and Jack Carter is home for a funeral his brother's Frank's car was found at the bot Hard man Jack Carter returns home to Doncaster following the unexpected death of his brother Frank Straight away the scene doesn t seem on the level firstly the cause of death Frank drunk allegedly drove his car of a cliff doesn t fit given Frank hardly touched the hard stuff secondly Jack s bosses the criminally inclined Les and Gerald don t want Jack putting noses out of joint down in Doncaster for fear of him endangering their criminal enterprise What follows is a rampage of violence as Jack steadily draws lines through names of his former associates on the path to a kind of street justice Sure he can t reverse Frank s death but he can put a whole lot of hurt on those responsibleGet Carter is the book which epitomizes British noir the protagonist is a criminal though we don t know what exactly he does for Les and Gerald whose morals are uestionable he s sleeping with his boss s wife prone to violence against women and is happy to abuse the kindness of strangers while the undercurrent of crime is exemplified by police corruption prostitution murder assault and under aged pornography all this circling the drain surrounding the death of FrankMy rating 45 stars I enjoyed Get Carter and would ve given the book 5 stars had it read as a second in a series I felt like I was dropped into Jack s life without a lot of backstory surrounding his current employer or the seemingly meaningful relationships he has with people who crossed Frank


10 thoughts on “Jack's Return Home

  1. says:

    25 starsClassic British noir; properly titled Jack's Return Home I understand why the film version is Get Carter; much snappier It was written in 1970 and is actually set in Scunthorpe; my hometown which is why I read it the blurb is wrong it's not Doncaster Jack just changed trains there The plot is fairly similar to the film wit

  2. says:

    When his brother dies in a drunk driving accident Jack Carter comes back to his home town for the funeral Since his brother never drank Jack

  3. says:

    Hard man Jack Carter returns home to Doncaster following the unexpected death of his brother Frank Straight away the scene doesn't seem on the level; firstly the cause of death Frank drunk allegedly drove his car of a cliff doesn't fit given Frank hardly touched the hard stuff secondly Jack's bosses the criminally inclined Les and Gerald don't want Jack putting noses out of joint down in Doncaster for fear of him endange

  4. says:

    This book was originally published in 1970 as Jack's Return Home Then in 1971 it was filmed as Get Carter starring Michael Cain and the book was subseuently re released with the new title This is a very dark hard boiled novel and it is credited with helping start the noir school of British crime fictionThe main protagonist Jack Carter works f

  5. says:

    It has to do with the introduction to the book written by Mike Hodges who directed the Michael Caine film classic of this but I couldn’t stop hearing “In a costal town they forgot to shut downCome Armageddon Come Armageddon Come” in my he

  6. says:

    Tell him Tell him I'm fcking comingOriginally titled Jack's Return Home this 1970 novel from Ted Lewis is the story of Jack Carter and his return to Doncaster from London after the death of his estranged older brother Jack is certai

  7. says:

    Psycho runs amok in a northern English town not Doncaster to revenge his brother’s death Satisfyingly grim but I missed some leavening wit or intelligence Good read but no Red Harvest

  8. says:

    Having seen the original 1971 classic film version of Get Carter umpteen times over the years it was impossible for the film portrayals not to

  9. says:

    Imagine The Revenger's Tragedy set in Scunthorpe in the 1960s – a corrupt society a cast of villains and here’s Jack Car

  10. says:

    Considering the movie adaptation of this novel is one of my favorite crime films it's hard to give the book that inspired the movie anything less than 5 starsThat said the book originally published as Jack's Return Home is a hell of a fun read Violent and morally complex the action plays as character study to a man who is on the edge of losing his humanityGreat characters dialogue and a strong sense of place This book deserves to be redisc

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