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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LOUISE WELSH’s internationally bestselling debut novel, The Cutting Room, won the British Crime Writers’ Association Creasey Dagger for the best first crime novel, among many other prizes. Her second novel, Tamburlaine Must Die, also received critical acclaim for its daring treatment of the last days of Christopher Marlowe. Louise Welsh lives in Glasgow.
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Yet another talented Scottish author makes a debut with this dark and twisty thriller, boasting a highly unusual hero and a compelling background that shows extensive inside knowledge. The protagonist ("hero" is not quite the word) is Rilke, a promiscuously gay auction dealer working for a struggling Glasgow firm. On an appraisal call one day at the house of Roddy McKindless, a wealthy and recently deceased citizen, he comes across an extensive library of pornography, which includes pictures suggesting a "snuff"-the slaughter of a woman for sexual purposes. Rilke finds himself, to his surprise, engaged in trying to find out who the girl in the picture was, and whether she was really killed. Using his seamy contacts in the city-a pornographer, a girl who poses nude for eager "cameramen," a shady bookseller-he sets out on his peculiar odyssey, pausing from time to time for a quick and wordless sexual encounter, and becoming engaged along the way in a plot with the glamorous and world-weary Rose, who runs his auction house, to abscond with the proceeds of a highly profitable sale. Rilke is hardly a likable character, but as Welsh presents him, he is so witty, self-aware and oddly vulnerable to the occasional decent instinct that he becomes disarming. The Glasgow color is expertly applied; Welsh obviously knows her auction business, and also how to keep an intriguing story moving. She is not good at action, however, and the actual climax, in which the mystery of McKindless's death is solved, is oddly muted and unconvincing. This is one of those books, however, in which the journey is infinitely more beguiling than the destination.
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Book Description Harper Perennial, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 000639535X