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by Ted Lewis
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Soho, 2015 (1980)
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*   Reviewed by Bob Walch

I understand that GBH is an acronym for Grievous Bodily Harm in British police parlance, which makes sense given the content of this novel. First released in 1980, GBH is now back in print, but I doubt it will do much to enhance the deceased author's reputation.

Set in the 1970s in London's underworld, this less than riveting novel centers on George Fowler, the head of a crime syndicate that produces porn and snuff films. To say George is a very unappealing character is a gross understatement. Never have I cared less about a fictional person and what happens to him.

Convinced that someone in his organization is undermining him, George embarks on a search and destroy mission. Will you really care what happens to this paranoid, brutal and totally disgusting character? I think not, which means there's not much reason to even finish this story.

Also, I might note I have never encountered a novel with chapters this short. The alternating narrative is usually between two and three pages in length which doesn't enhance the story's flow very much.

Ted Lewis might have been a popular writer during his short career (1940-82), but this sorry novel doesn't make me want to sample any of his other titles.

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