Louise Welsh - The Cutting Room (2nd Hand Paperback)
The problem is that genre writing, by its very nature, demands a certain adherence to formula. So much crime fiction sacrifices depth of characterisation, feel for landscape and intellectual rigour to the demands of a racily paced plot.
It is just possible, though, that in Louise Welsh crime fiction has one of its few real literary writers. The Cutting Room is a startling debut novel, a genuinely creepy, grisly little tale with as sure a grip on the vernacular style as on its more erudite passages.
And, like all the best heroes, Welsh's protagonist goes by one name only.
Rilke is an auctioneer who finds himself caught up in an unpleasant web of pornography, abuse and murder. Called to remove the final belongings of the deceased Roddy McKindless, a well-to-do resident of Hyndland, one of Glasgow's upmarket suburbs, he finds a hidden cache of old black-and-white pornographic photographs. McKindless is pictured in most of them, but the ones that concern Rilke are those depicting the brutal murder of a young woman.
The result is a page-turning and deliciously original debut.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good (Almost As New)
- Category : Fiction - Crime & Mystery
- Published : 1999 (This Edition 2003 - Canongate)
- ISBN : 9781841954042
- SKU : B000345
- PPC : LL300gm
- RRP : £6.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"A stunning work of fiction." - Sunday Times.
"In Louise Welsh crime fiction has one of its few real literary writers . . . Crime fiction may have its prize-winner at last." - Independent.
"Brilliant... Every vignette, every minor character, every sight, sound and smell, has the ring of truth." - Sunday Telegraph.
"Bold, imaginative, vibrant." - Daily Telegraph.
"Welsh's prose manages to be both tight and lyrical, suspenseful and poetic, compelling. Catapults Welsh straight into the superstar league." - The Times.
Louise Welsh is an English-born author of short stories and psychological thrillers, resident in Glasgow, Scotland. She has also written three plays, an opera, edited volumes of prose and poetry, and contributed to journals and anthologies. In 2004, she received the Corine Literature Prize.
Featured Author . . . Louise Walsh
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