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THE BLUE SUIT: A MEMOIR OF CRIME

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The Blue Suit: A Memoir of Crime

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Richard Rayner
genre:
Nonfiction, Memoir,

We gave it an A

THE BLUE SUIT: A MEMOIR OF CRIME Richard Rayner (Houghton Mifflin, $19.95) Cambridge University student Rayner was already an accomplished bookstore thief in the mid-1970s (lots of first editions) when he was told he must pay £652.75 in school fees or forfeit his degree. Did he get a job in a local alehouse? No, he decided to forge checks. Rayner would come off as a total nut if this memoir weren’t so eloquently written. As he attends prestigious Cambridge, then goes to London to seek his fortune writing book reviews, he is also honing his criminal skills: shoplifting, breaking and entering, forgery. Rayner’s conversational, comic writing is reminiscent of a youthful Martin Amis, and you can’t help but admire how this stone-hearted criminal carves out his own path of savage humor and fierce irony. Rayner’s just a smart, funny bloke, telling you his life story over a pint of Guinness at the corner pub, and making you laugh your head off. A