Double Kiss is the second book of Ronnie O'Sullivan's Soho Trilogy (read my review for Framed here).
Yes, that Ronnie O'Sullivan. The Snooker World Championship has been on for the last fortnight culminating in tonight's final, and although Ronnie didn't make it to the quarter finals this year it seemed an apt time to read Double Kiss, and what a ride!
The opening chapter starts with:
'It's coming home... It's coming home... It's coming... Football's coming home...
And with eleven words the book time travels you to the nineties for Euro '96.
The story is a perfect for a middle-trilogy book. The adventure is fast and furious without giving away too many answers, it leaves you wanting to see how the James family saga ends. It's difficult not to think of Ronnie's stance and gait when reading the adventures of Frankie James. He's tall, dark, and handsome with a cocky manner and armed cheeky glint in his eye.
Framed was published in November 2016, Double Kiss in November 2017, let's hope November 2018 brings us the final frame in this Soho set.
I am a fan of thrillers and love the nostalgia of notorious gangsters à la The Krays. However, snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan’s debut novel Framed would have probably passed me by unread had it not been for Victoria Sadler’s rave review of Double Kiss (the follow-up to Framed, and second book of the Soho Nights trilogy). “Double Kiss by snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan may well be one of the best commercial crime novels I’ve read this year!”
Set in the nineties, it is lovely to relive the Soho I remember, rather than 1960s gangland London before my time. Framed focusses on Frankie James, and the stitch-up of his little brother Jack. I finished it in a couple of leisurely days by the pool. It is a thoroughly decent thriller, the characters and dal and believable and the story had me guessing and changing my whodunits from chapter to chapter as the drama raced to a climax. I’ll definitely be back for the second instalment of the Soho Nights trilogy.