The Long Firm
Jake Arnott's debut novel - a crime thriller set in London's gangster underworld from the 1950s through to the 1980s -was optioned for television dramatization when it was still in manuscript.
The BBC's adaptation neatly mirrored the novel's episodic structure across four hours and Bille Eltringham vividly brought to life the particular atmosphere depicted powerfully in the book.
Mark Strong gave a remarkable central performance, perfectly bringing to the screen Arnott's creation Harry Starks, the sadistic criminal boss.
The Financial Times