8.3

John Niven

Kill Your Friends [Harper Perennial]

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John Niven
English PsychoWhile No Doubt and Oasis were climbing the charts, fictional antihero Steven Stelfox was on a drunken, coke-fueled rampage through London’s clubs and festivals searching for the next big hit.Kill Your FriendsAmerican Psycho.

If there’s one thing Stelfox lacks more than a conscience, it’s taste. He panics when his work starts to nosedive, and resorts to ruining everyone else in an effort to save himself.

Niven’s cynical story is grim and vulgar but—disturbingly—very charming. With a rapid-fire pace, the author takes us through the dirty laundry of an industry that appears wholly dressed in glamour.