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Layer Cake –  JJ. Connolly – 20th Anniversary Edition

August 21 @ 8:00 am - September 30 @ 5:00 pm

Layer Cake –  JJ. Connolly 

20th Anniversary Edition

No Alibis Bookstore Celebrates the 20th Anniversary Publication of this iconic British Crime Novel with an offer to purchase signed copies of both,

Layer Cake and Viva La Madness


JJ Connolly has signed “Social Distancing Friendly” Bookplates


This edition of Layer Cake contains  a new critical afterword by the author reflecting on 20 years since first publication of the bestselling novel.

From the glitz of the London club scene of the 1990’s to the underbelly of its criminal world, bestselling novel Layer Cake is the very best in British crime

Layer cake (n): a metaphor for the murky layers of the criminal world.

Smooth-talking drug dealer X has a plan to quietly bankroll enough cash to retire before his 30th birthday. Operating under the polished veneer of a legitimate businessman, his mantra is to keep a low profile and run a tight operation until it’s  time to get out.

When king pin Jimmy Price asks X to find the wayward daughter of a wealthy socialite whose been running around with a cokehead, X accepts with the promise that this is his last job and will leave the criminal world behind with Jimmy’s blessing.

Oh, and he needs to find a buyer for two million ecstasy pills acquired by a crew of lowly, loudmouth gangsters, the Yahoos. Simple enough, until an assassin named Klaus arrives to scratch X off his list, revealing this job is more than it seems.


‘Layer Cake is a storming piece of work… the novel has a grasp of street argot

unparalleled since Kinky Friedman first sashayed out of his from door and nailed a checker straight out of the bat.’ D. J. Taylor

‘Connolly’s style is fast and funny and just frightening enough to make you sit up all night finishing the book.’ Independent on Sunday

‘One novel in and Connolly has hit the jackpot, jump-started British crime fiction into the present… Like good drug fiction you’re given glamour and squalor, a voyeuristic thrill, and the bill.’ Uncut

Author biography

J.J. Connolly was raised and still lives in north-east London. He is the author of acclaimed bestseller Layer Cake, which he adapted into a blockbuster film for Sony Pictures, starring daniel Craig and directed by Matthew Vaughn.

He has since been working with Jason Statham on the TV adaptation of the sequel Viva la Madness, optioned by Sky TV.


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