Friday, June 02, 2006

Louise WELSH ... The Bullet Trick (2006)

THOSE with a predilection for crime fiction at its best, look no further than Louise Welsh’s much-praised début, The Cutting Room (Canongate, 2002). Set in Glasgow’s hidden underworld, this Creasey-winning crime novel is dark and atmospheric in tone, and its unlikely protagonist, a promiscuous auctioneer searching for the origins of a stash of violent pornography, somehow engages the reader’s affections in no time at all. With this book, critics praised Welsh for bringing sophistication to crime fiction. In 2004, she published a pungently atmosperic novella, Tamburlaine Must Die (Canongate, 2004), a reimagining of the last ten days of poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe’s life. Now, in her second novel, The Bullet Trick (Canongate, 2006), Welsh has created another male narrator, this time embroiled in murder and mayhem in Glasgow and Berlin.

WELSH Louise [1965-] Novelist. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Novels The Bullet Trick (2006); The Cutting Room (2002: winner of the 2002 Crime Writers Association/John Creasey Memorial Dagger; longlisted for the 2002 Guardian Best First Book Award) Novella Tamburlaine Must Die (2004)

The Cutting Room (2002)


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