Our narrator’s too smart to tell you his name (“if I [did], you’d be as clever as me”), but he’s not afraid to tell you everything else about the “layer cake”London’s intricately arranged constellation of underworld fiefdoms. He’s a drug dealer who’s planning to retire on his thirtieth birthdayafter one last great scoreto a life as “a gentleman of leisure.” Only problem is his boss, the crime kingpin “don” Jimmy Price, has other plans. He can walk away from the life for good only if he can track down a runaway daughter for Jimmy’s old friend.
Complicating matters are two million top-grade Ecstasy tablets that were robbed from a factory in Amsterdam by a renegade outfit in Jimmy’s employ who are now looking for someone to offload the ill-gotten loot. With an angry mob of German neo-Nazis in hot pursuit, and all crosses and double-crosses leading back to Jimmy, our narrator finds he may have to negotiate a new exit strategy to finally get his slice of the cake.
With a rich supporting cast of dozens of characters, from Tommy Garret, aka Billy Bogus, a grifter with an uncanny gift for impersonation, to Sir Alex, chief chemical taster and a “boy who knows his drugs,” Layer Cake
is a gripping, linguistically inventive thriller, a cross between Irvine Welsh and Dennis Lehane that keeps you turning the pages until the very end.Layer Cake
, starring Daniel Craig, Michael Gambon, and Colm Meaney, was released in May 2005 by Sony Pictures.