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Among Thieves by Mez Packer

Among Thieves

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Among Thieves by Mez Packer

It's 1984 and two ex-campus drug dealers are locked in a feud of mysterious origin. Chilly Pads has the upper hand and the money, while Andy has the charisma and the girls. When Andy sets up a disastrous deal with IRA gangsters, he's paid in fake dollars - and needs Pads' help to finance a scam to make his money back. Pads sees an opportunity ...Jez, a 2-tone loving Cov Lad from a racist family, is sent with Jamaican Bas to change the dollars in Spain. But Jez becomes convinced they're being followed and completely unravels. Is the beautiful, feisty Northern girl they meet in league with Pads or not? Either way, Becca impresses Andy and Pads a lot and they recruit her for the next big job: smuggling hash into the UK from India. Meanwhile, Mehmet is caught up in a violent revenge killing and flees Hoxha's prison-like Albania. When he reaches Spain his story intersects with the team, and fortunes change. Revenges ripen.


Reminiscent of Martin Amis--but better plotted. Mez Packer has triumphantly pulled off the trick of writing across the gender divide--each of her male characters is complex and convincing.

--Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Born in Essex, Mez Packer was a student at Warwick University in the 80s and travelled in Europe and Asia. She experimented in alternative lifestyles in the 90s and travelled to India, Nepal and Thailand. She lives with her partner (a veteran of Coventry 2 Tone days) and her two children in Leamington, Warwickshire.

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Publication date

17th April 2008


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Tindal Street Press an imprint of Profile Books Ltd


288 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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