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Struggling writer Max Long arrives on Burnt Island to work on his next novel. There he encounters bestselling author James Fairfax, whom Max suspects of not being the real author of the book that has made his fortune. Furthermore, Fairfax's wife has gone missing. In a desperate bid for success, Max decides to compromise his talent by writing a horror bestseller. Recently divorced and increasingly mentally unstable, he witnesses disturbing visions that take the form of the horror he is attempting to write. Is Max losing his mind - or his soul? What is the truth about Fairfax? And what is the secret of Burnt Island?
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Alice Thompson was born and brought up in Edinburgh. She was the former keyboard player with post-punk eighties band, The Woodentops and joint winner with Graham Swift of The James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction for her first novel, Justine. Her second novel, Pandora's Box, was shortlisted for The Stakis Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year. Her other novels are Pharos, The Falconer and most recently Burnt Island. Alice is a past winner of a Creative Scotland Award. She is now lecturer in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University.Review:
Angela Carter crossed with the Scottish diffidence of Muriel Spark.--Ali Smith -- on Justine
A high-wire act of a novel. Try to resist it and you can't.--Fay Weldon -- on Pandora's Box
Expertly combining compelling storytelling with a cleverly constructed, elegant and metaphor-ridden style.--Camilla Pia -- on The Falconer
The Existential Detective is unsettling, unsettlingly erotic, and somehow sadly beautiful. Thompson is fast becoming one of the most original and formidable writers in the English language today.--Sunday Herald -- on The Existential Detective
A gothic music video of a novel that whirls with weirdness... madly energetic ... genuinely scary.--Stephen King
Haunting, strange, Kafkaesque, poetic mystery.--Ian Rankin -- on The Existential Detective
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Book Description Salt Publishing, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1907773487
Book Description Salt Publishing, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111907773487