The Crooked Beat

Rated 4.98/5 based on 91 reviews
From the squalid heroin dens and live sex clubs of Bangkok to the steaming underbelly of Calcutta, The Crooked Beat takes you to places few tourists ever see. Like Trainspotting set in the jungle, this is a modern day On The Road for the chemical generation. Hang onto your passport because the trip is going to be wild.
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About Drew Gates

I sang in punk bands for 20 years and now I write books. I prefer writing - it is a lot healthier. All my favourite writers are dead.

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Review by: KB threads on June 27, 2018 :
Amazing! Author is a great writer and describes the sad, soulless and gut wrenching addiction to Heroin perfectly. Loved every minute of it. Read it in one sitting!
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Review by: blobmonster on Oct. 27, 2016 :
Trainspotting is a good reference point here (the movie more so than the book) - “Crooked Beat” has the similar squalid, hilarious, rolling-disaster vibe. Yes this is a heroin novel, although LSD25 has a strong supporting role and really steals the show in a few places.
This is a drug odyssey into Thailand and India in what feels like the early 90s. The narrator Dean tells us that he identifies as a “dope fiend” rather than a “junky”, which may be a reason why the story stays up and moving and doesn’t get boring. Mostly Dean is dealing and consuming, moving from place to place and meeting crazy travellers. There hardly seems to be a page go by without someone vomiting out a window. However all the madness is interspersed with some very nice descriptive passages of the landscape and a bit of introspection here and there.
A couple of times I felt Dean was in urgent need of a boot to the face which sadly was not forthcoming. For example he picks on a German girl who understandably doesn’t want to sit next to him and he beats up an Indian dealer for no good reason and it doesn’t seem to bother him afterwards. Mostly though I was sympathetic to the young fiend.
I think my favourite parts here were the descriptions of the Goa trance party scene. I liked that after every party there seemed to be people losing their mind and rolling around naked. It made techno seem raw and risky again.
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Review by: s4mT on Nov. 16, 2011 : (no rating)
Trainspotting with edge! Edgy, unadulterated and hugely compelling. Not for the feint hearted but defo for everyone else! -G. Haritharan
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Review by: Risiahs htamsa on April 22, 2011 :
Was a pretty good book,good narrative and it kinda sounds autobiographical.
But being a hindu, i felt offended to see my god sai baba being refered to as"odius wanker",well im sure the junkhead dean wouldnt like jesus to be referred to as an "odius wanker" would he?
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Review by: Ellie Cole on April 5, 2011 :
I agree with Bev and K. Gallagher. This book was very well composed. Grateful that it's free, but I would have paid for this without thinking twice after reading the preview.

Thank you. Looking forward to your next work.
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Review by: K Gallagher on March 10, 2011 :
What the hell? I really didn't expect this book to be of such high quality. Really liked it.
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Review by: Kandy M on March 7, 2011 :
Disgusting in parts but very well written throughout.
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Review by: Bev on March 6, 2011 :
Why is this book free? I would have happily paid good money for it - enjoyed it immensely.
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Review by: Jono Walters on March 6, 2011 :
This book was awesome, very reminiscent of early Irvine Welsh and HST. Bit confused about all the hermaphrodite references though.
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