Hatchet Job of the Day: Joy by Jonathan Lee
As someone who worked in a legal firm for six years himself, Lee constructs office scenes easily, weaving together numerous characters and dialogues with flair. Occasionally the writing crackles. But unlike his first novel, Who is Mr Satoshi? (2010), it suffers from a lack of direction. What is left, too often, are the frothy self-obsessed concerns of the cappuccino-clutching corporate classes … One can’t help hoping that this is one of the last in a wave of novels rooted in the New Labour boom years, in which someone’s unhappiness inside the service economy makes for an entire novel.
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