Take note literary crime fans: an exceptional new writer has just broken the genre wide open. With the debut of The Cutting Room, Louise Welsh confidently landed on the British bestseller lists and then proceeded to collect several prizes, including The Saltire Society First Book Award, a BBC Underground 2003 Award and was declared one of the Best First Novelist of 2002, by The Guardian. The Cutting Room became a sellout stage production at Glasgow's famous Citizens' Theatre, has sold into seventeen languages and has been optioned for film.
Set in contemporary Glasgow, The Cutting Room is narrated by Rilke, an auctioneer by profession, and the most eccentric, sardonic, hedonistic and completely flawed character to seep from fiction in recent years. When Rilke comes across a hidden collection of violent and highly disturbing old photographs, he is driven to unearth the secrets of their recently deceased owner. What follows is a compulsive journey of discovery, decadence and deviousness, steered by Rilke's dark, insatiable curiosity.
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When Rilke, a dissolute and promiscuous auctioneer, comes upon a hidden collection of violent and highly disturbing photographs, he feels compelled to unearth more about the deceased owner who coveted them.
What follows is a compulsive journey of discovery, decadence and deviousness . . .
'Astonishingly, this is a fi rst novel, catapulting Welsh straight into the superstar league, while establishing Rilke as a classic original.'
'In Louise Welsh crime fiction has one of its few real literary writers. The Cutting Room is a hugely commendable debut, assured and memorable. Crime fiction may have its prize-winner at last.'
'This elegiac, elegant and atmospheric book is an original and compelling first novel. Rarely can such gothic material have been treated with such subtlety.'
'One of the most intriguing, assured and unputdownable debuts to come out of Scotland in recent years.'
Winner of the Crime Writers Association John Creasey Dagger 2002
The Saltire Society First Book Award 2002
The BBC's Underground 2003 Award, Writer Category
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Book Description Harper Perennial, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 000639535X