Martin Amis's short stories make his novels look prim. They are also more frankly satirical. Whole worlds are created - or inverted. This collection of his most recent work shines with disciplined linguistic exuberance in every syllable, achieving a haunting, unsettling quality Amis has never achieved before. This is the world of cops and demons, mean streets, dark alleys - a world that comes out of Amis's engaging truce with popular culture. It's a blistering read.