London 1997: New Labour is sweeping into power and Britpop is at its zenith. A&R man Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through the music industry, fuelled by greed and inhuman quantities of cocaine, searching for the next hit recordamid a relentless orgy of self-gratification.
But as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change, Stelfox must take the notion of cut throat business practices to murderous new levels in a desperate attempt to salvage his career.
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Magnificently eloquent...A vicious, black-hearted howl of a book... Cripplingly funny - The Times
One of the evilest, most vicious, despicable characters ever. I couldn't put it down. - James Dean Bradfield, The Manic Street Preachers
Might well be the best British novel since Trainspotting - Word Magazine
Anyone working in or trying to get into the music industry should read this book. Niven grotesquely portrays the short term disposability of this world with a great eye for detail and a stockpile of hilarious insults. Throw in some murder and major brand obsession and you have an indie American Psycho. - James Brown
The anti-hero of John Niven's Kill Your Friends is magnificently eloquent in an utterly sewer-minded way...A vicious, black-hearted howl of a book...A realistic portrait of the music industry, doing for it what The Player did for Hollywood. Having spent ten years in the business [Niven's] insider knowledge, coupled with the kind of headlong, febrile prose that would have Hunter S. Thomson happily emptying both barrels into the sky, results in a novel that is cripplingly funny in the way that only the very darkest comedy can be. - The Times
A rollicking tale of record company excess...Hysterical...Niven worked in the UK music industry for 10 years and his insider knowledge pays off...This is truly an account of a lost era, a brilliant description of the last decadent blow-out. - Independent on Sunday
Brilliant...Hilariously scabrous...Niven's mix of truth and fiction means Kill Your Friends might just be the best book ever written about the music industry. I say might because I've not read them all, but I've read an awful lot and his is the most savage, the most unforgiving, the funniest and the cruellest. - Word Magazine
John Niven's Kill Your Friends might just be the most exciting British novel since Trainspotting...Although the tone - a mixture of breathtakingly black-hearted cynicism, hyperbolically dark comedy and liberal sprinklings of violence - will invite comparisons with American Psycho and Bright Lights Big City, Niven brings a uniquely vibrant tone to the page with take-no-prisoners language that manages to be equal parts comic and shocking. - Word Magazine
The fickle music industry is ripe for satire and here former record-label man Niven creates a compelling and hilarious portrait. - Shortlist
Dark, twisted... and also laugh-out-loud funny - TNT Magazine