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By Antony Moore

First released in nice Britain in 2007 via Harvill Secker

Ever have a second you need you'll undo? A wickedly superb story of revenge, secret, and destiny, Antony Moore’s The Swap is immediately a gripping mystery and a hilarious black comedy—a booklet for somebody who’s ever questioned what can have been...

Harvey Briscow—smoker, drinker, comic-shop owner—is dealing with one other tuition reunion again in Cornwall. Having spent the final twenty years second-guessing himself, Harvey isn’t overjoyed on the prospect of unveiling his classmates the mess he’s made from his lifestyles. yet this can be Harvey’s 20th reunion, a milestone that each one yet promises that Charles “Bleeder” Odd—the freakish reject who made off with Harvey’s now-priceless Superman One comedian in a school-yard swap—will be in attendance.

But while Harvey returns to Cornwall, hoping to retrieve his comedian, he’s met with various surprises. . . . Bleeder is now dazzlingly successful—and rather content material to monitor Harvey squirm, refusing to recognize their long-ago alternate. And Harvey—fueled by means of drink and the promise of a pretty woman—soon makes a fateful selection, one he immediately needs he may undo. A lifeless physique and an enraged husband additional complicate concerns . . . yet there’s a silver lining during this unusual chain of occasions: all of sudden one undesirable change is the least of Harvey’s regrets. . . .

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Or maybe you are not in finance? ' 'No, no no longer finance. ' 'OK. ' Bleeder glanced around the room as though searching for anyone extra attention-grabbing to speak to. 'So, what are you in? ' 'Comics. ' Harvey stumbled on his cigarettes and bought the packet out. If he could not smoke he may well rattling good mess around with the field a piece. hooked up to the packet, as though melded through his physically emissions, used to be one in every of his personal playing cards, with an image of Betty Boo on it and his tackle. He handed it again. Bleeder was once guffawing. Bleeder was once guffawing at him. The realisation of the way a long way this used to be from the delusion photo he had painted used to be adequate to make him are looking to take part. 'Comics? ' Bleeder used to be watching on the card. 'Yeah, humorous fairly. ' Harvey attempted to grin. 'I simply type of carried on being after college. ' 'Jesus, convinced, you have been the comedian king, were not you? constantly swapping and bartering. You have been a true wheeler-dealer. you will have ended up within the urban relatively. ' He laughed back and Harvey felt his scalp supply one other bypass. regularly swapping? Christ, do you actually do not know? 'Er, yeah, so I simply type of caught with it. keep on with what you are stable at. ' He made a obscure word, for no cause discernible to him. 'I've received a store, in London, in outdated road. ' He must have further anything approximately departments and assistants and overseas journeys, yet by some means it bought misplaced. 'Right. ' Bleeder nodded and gave an extended, extra looking look round the room. 'Well, i suppose in case you like anything ... ' 'Exactly. ' And Harvey observed his probability. He may well simply ask. a lot build-up, 20 years of build-up used to be making it more durable than it had to be. He may easily ask directly out and be performed with it. it'd be over. unexpectedly an important rush of adrenalin shot up his backbone and sealed his mouth close. If I ask it is going to be over. If I ask i'm going to need to listen a solution. He seemed down and observed that the cigarette packet used to be trembling in his hand, trembling a lot that the cellophane wrapper that he had left around the field used to be making little crinkling sounds. He raised his head and took a deep breath. 'Oh, there he's. ' Bleeder used to be having a look prior him at a crowd accumulated within the nook the place the bar used to be. 'I've obtained to have a note. ' And ahead of Harvey may possibly cease him, prior to one other be aware might break out him, Bleeder had moved off into the group. Harvey stumbled on he used to be panting as though he have been operating. And he desired to run, to race after Bleeder, seize him by way of the shoulders. He have been so on the subject of a brand new existence, a brand new commence. As he stood respiring seriously and pushing the cigarette packet out and in of the cellophane he checked out the crowd by way of the bar. Bleeder had joined it and was once chatting with an previous guy Harvey did not understand. may well he simply cross over? call for that they proceed the dialog? yet he wanted Bleeder on my own. maybe he may drag him physically outdoor. Who was once that he used to be chatting with? What might be extra vital than this dialog? Rob and Steve came visiting. 'Bleeeeeder! ' Rob hissed. 'Having a pleasant chat, H? ' 'Mmm, good, yeah . . . ' Harvey was once nonetheless staring at after Bleeder, as though looking at a departing unicorn.

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