COMPLICITY n. 1. the fact of being an accomplice, esp. in a criminal act A few spliffs, a spot of mild S&M, phone through the copy for tomorrow's front page, catch up with the latest from your mystery source - could be big, could be very big - in fact, just a regular day at the office for free-wheeling, substance-abusing Cameron Colley, a fully paid-up Gonzo hack on an Edinburgh newspaper. The source is pretty thin, but Cameron senses a scoop and checks out a series of bizarre deaths from a few years ago - only to find that the police are checking out a series of bizarre deaths that are happening right now. And Cameron just might know more about it than he'd care to admit ...Involvement; connection; liability - Complicity is a stunting exploration of the morality of greed, corruption and violence, venturing fearlessly into the darker recesses of human purpose.
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A distinguished judge who once extended leniency to a convicted rapist is himself brutally raped. A pornographer who specializes in snuff films is given a paralyzing injection while a video camera captures it on tape. A wealthy business-man whose negligence caused a fatal explosion is blown up in his own home. This series of savage, "punishment-fits-the-crime" assaults carried out by a self-styled avenger seems to implicate Cameron Colley, a latter-day Gonzo journalist who tries to put as much cheerful subversion into his dispatches for an Edinburgh-based newspaper as he can get away with. Detained by the police as a suspect, Cameron protests that he's being set up, but he cannot hide a certain complicit admiration for the avenger's violent justice. And Cameron knows the only way to get the cops off his back is to lead them to the vigilante himself--a good plan until it becomes clear that the culprit is uncomfortably close to home. Framing larger themes of crime and punishment around a chilling tale of murder and revenge, this brilliantly constructed thriller holds readers in its grip until its satisfying last pages, inviting them, too, to share Cameron's thrill as society's sheltered demons get their comeuppance. Complicity is Iain Bank's most compelling and exciting novel yet.
"[Banks is] a Nineties' Robert Louis Stevenson."--The Independent On SundayAbout the Author:
Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He has been a hugely popular writer of fiction ever since, and as Iain M. Banks, of science fiction.
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Book Description Abacus, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used. Bookseller Inventory # 2Y-19-VB
Book Description Abacus, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0349105715
Book Description Abacus, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110349105715