Armadillo: A Novel

By William Boyd

From the award-winning writer of A solid guy Africa and An Ice-Cream War comes Armadillo, a super satirical noir set in modern London.

To his colleagues, Lorimer Black, the good-looking, mild-mannered assurance adjuster emerging during the ranks of his London enterprise, is called the man who has all of it: the smooth fits, the enviable prestige. but if Lorimer arrives at a regimen company appointment and unearths his purchaser striking from a water pipe, his existence spirals uncontrolled. His corporation automobile is blowtorched after he investigates a fireplace at a luxurious lodge. He turns into the autumn man of a brand new colleague who places the corporate within the purple and the sufferer of a vicious assault by way of the possessive husband of a mysterious actress.  
        As Lorimer turns into more and more entangled in an obvious conspiracy that contains all people he understands, his personal previous involves gentle. an excellent satirical noir, Armadillo confirms Boyd's position as England's such a lot flexible, chic novelist.

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I felt disembodied, muffled; the color adjustments changed, shifted, light and brightened yet i'll cope. Joyce chickening out into herself making small mewing kittenish noises. because the bus arrived all sound looked as if it would minimize out and that i may well listen not anything: no Joyce, no bus engine, no hiss of compressed air because the door opened, no wind noise within the bushes. the area grew to become hushed and totally silent. The publication of Transfiguration there has been anything grubbily beautiful concerning the sullen lady who opened the door to him at DW administration Ltd in Charlotte road, Lorimer needed to admit. probably it used to be simply her severe adolescence – eighteen or nineteen – probably it was once the intentionally botched peroxide activity on her brief hair, or the tightness of the leopardskin print T-shirt she was once donning, or the 3 brass earrings piercing her left eyebrow, or the truth that she was once at the same time smoking and chewing gum? no matter what it was once, she exuded a cut-price, temporary attract that in brief stirred him, in addition to a mix of latent aggression and a huge weariness. there have been many minor skirmishes forward, he sensed, basically counter-aggression might paintings the following; politesse and civility have been a waste of time. ‘Yeah? ’ she acknowledged. ‘Enrico Murphy’ He extra a touch of city twang to his voice. ‘Not the following. ’ ‘This is DW administration, yeah? ’ ‘Ceased buying and selling. I’m packing up. ’ Lorimer appeared round, concealing his shock: he had assumed the place of work used to be easily a large number yet he started to see lines of order among the mess, a few records piled, a few pot vegetation in a cardboard field. ‘Well, well,’ Lorimer stated, having a look her within the eye. ‘Turn up for the books. ’ ‘Yeah, impressive. ’ She wandered again to the reception table. ‘David fired him, Sat’day’ every person getting the bum’s rush, Lorimer notion. ‘Where is Enrico, besides? ’ ‘Hawaii. ’ She dropped her cigarette in a styrofoam cup containing an inch of chilly tea. ‘All correct for a few, eh? ’ She twiddled with a superb gold chain at her neck. ‘He must’ve been in right here on the weekend – took loads of records, took the platinum discs. ’ She pointed at a few darker rectangles marking the hessian partitions. ‘Even the fucking phones’re useless. ’ ‘Enrico do that? ’ ‘No, David. proposal I’d nick ‘em, i guess. Haven’t been paid but this month, see. ’ ‘Who’s the recent supervisor, then? ’ ‘He’s doing his personal administration now. From domestic. ’ Lorimer notion: there have been consistently alternative ways, in fact, yet this used to be most likely fastest. He took out his pockets and counted out 5 twenty pound notes directly to the table in entrance of her, then picked up a pen and a sheet of notepaper and put them on most sensible of the notes. ‘I simply want his cell quantity, thank you greatly. ’ He regarded down on the darkish slicing her parting made in her white-blonde hair as she bent her head to scribble the figures at the sheet of paper. He questioned approximately this younger girl’s existence, what had introduced her the following, what direction it's going to take now He questioned what Flavia Malin-verno was once doing this day. eight. assurance. assurance exists to alternative average foresight and self belief in an international ruled by means of apprehension and blind likelihood.

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