Now a major film directed by Idris Elba, Yardie by Victor Headley shines a light on the brutal underworld of 90s London gang culture.
At Heathrow Airport’s busy immigration desk, a newly arrived Jamaican strolls through with a kilo of top-grade cocaine strapped to his body. And keeps on walking . . .
By the time the syndicate get to hear about the missing consignment, D is in business – for himself – as the Front Line’s newest don.
But D’s treachery will never be forgotten – or forgiven. The message filters down from the Yardie crime lords to their soldiers on the streets:
Find D. Find the merchandise. And make him pay for his sins . . .
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Victor’s novel captured my imagination and that of the many people who made this book a cult 90s classic
A book which everyone should read, and soon
The black Godfather . . . quite simply, Headley knows what time it is