Crime

Crime

by Irvine Welsh

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Overview

“[An] inimitable combination of dark realism, satire and psychological insight . . . complicated, unsettling and at times beautiful."—Publishers Weekly, starred review


In the wake of a nasty child-murder case, Detective Ray Lennox of the Edinburgh PD has suffered a full-scale breakdown. He’s placed on leave for mental retuning and takes off for a few days of sun in Miami. From there, Crime becomes an unmistakably Welshian blend of the macabre and the psychologically astute, as Lennox faces a dwindling supply of antidepressants, a bridal-magazine-toting fiancée, and cokehappy locals who lead him back into old habits and leave him to care for a child. Is he really in the right shape to be playing knight-errant to a terrified ten-year-old girl? Will his best instincts and worst judgments get them both killed, or find him the redemption he seeks?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393335507
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/26/2009
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 354,366
Product dimensions: 8.22(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Irvine Welsh is the best-selling author of Trainspotting, Ecstasy, Glue, Porno, Filth, Marabou Stork Nightmares, The Acid House, Skagboys, and, most recently, A Decent Ride. He currently lives in Chicago. T2 Trainspotting was first published as Porno.

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Crime 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this book, a sort of Rebus-meets-Lolita, Hearts-supporting copper Ray Lennox is on holiday in Florida with his fiancée. He is traumatised by a harrowing murder investigation and the sacking of George Burley (probably in that order)and is supposed to be relaxing. Instead he gets involved with some serious American low-lifes and sets out to prove that smashing paedophile rings is not incompatible with leaving rants on football message boards.It¿s intelligently written, serious as befits its subject matter, in places exceptionally grim and ¿for a parent ¿ it makes disturbing reading. It was more measured than other books I have read by Irvine Welsh, and though it does feature drugs (almost inevitable, really), they are not sprinkled over every page ¿ more like a discreet nostril-full.I did think the narrative dragged in paces ¿ particularly in the second half, where a good proportion of the story was resolved and very little was left to sort, and yet a good hundred pages remained. Some was taken up with flashbacks to the main character¿s childhood, which were excellent, but the Miami side of the action seemed to take an age to conclude even though the direction was clear from early on.
steffiek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Welsh is to literature what Miles Davis is to Jazz and Sid vicious to the Punk movement he knows how to do it right read the book it's frickin hard .
simondavies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good story hiding behind horrible, painful punctuation. Irvine - please use speech-marks to indicate the beginning and end of speech please! It would make it 100% easier to read, if you were to do so.Also make sure that you're up on the latest Scottish slang.
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