by John McCabe
According to the song by Pink Floyd, money is the root of all evil today. One person who can surely appreciate that feeling is Jake Cooper, the hapless hero of John McCabe’s excellent book “Big Spender”
Safety Inspector Jake is finding it increasingly difficult to make his income match his expenditure. Having an at-home girlfriend addicted to internet chat rooms isn’t helping.
Trying to make ends meet is only a part of Jake’s problems, what with the mysterious death of his miserly uncle Norbert, disillusionment with his job, his girlfriend’s online liaisons and falling in love with a firework developer, it seems his life is beginning to fall apart.
Using a manuscript left behind by his uncle, Jake tries to turn his life around. And just when he thinks he might be getting somewhere, a long-forgotten face from his past returns demanding repayment of a debt.
Great humour and plot twists reminiscent of the late, great Tom Sharp make this an excellent holiday read. McCabe has a wonderful way of making the most ridiculous ideas seem plausible, I was captivated with the story and characters right from the start.
John McCabe is another author to my must read more list.