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Our hero, Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson, is a cross between Harvey Keitel in Bad Lieutenant and John Belushi in Animal House. His task is to nab a killer who has brained the son of the Ghanaian ambassador, but bigoted Bruce is more urgently concerned with coercing sex from teenage Ecstasy dealers, planning vice tours of Amsterdam, and mulling over his lurid love life. He's also got a tapeworm, whose monologue is printed right down the middle of many pages. Here's one of this unusually articulate parasite's realizations: "My problem is that I seem to have quite a simple biological structure with no mechanism for the transference of all my grand and noble thoughts into fine deeds."
Welsh's real strength is comic tough talk and inventive slang. The murder mystery helps organize his tendency to sprawl, but the engine of his art is wry, harsh dialogue. At one point, his books hogged the entire top half of Scotland's Top Ten Bestsellers list--and half the buyers of Trainspotting had never bought a book before. The reason is not that Welsh is the best novelist who ever got short-listed for the Booker Prize. It is that he is that rarest of phenomena, an original voice. --Tim Appelo
Incredibly twisted book but absolutely fascinating. Not for the light of heart. One of the best books I've ever read!Published 1 month ago by Diana Mejia
I'm sure this book is for someone, but not me. I couldn't get over the slang used in this book, given i'm not native to the U.K, the slang sounded like complete gibberish to me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matthew
Very sick, the feeling of filth is gradually and overwhelmingly built through several channels of perception, unbelievably professionally. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Noreetachan
Once you get into it the slang and lack of paragraph breaks for dialogue starts to make sense and it's all good from there on out. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mads
It's a despairing book about a sociopath in Scotland. You'll trust police less after this and be more critical of your own materialistic indulgences. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dan Murphy
If your read a few of Irvine Welsh's books, you realize that the Trainspotting series was essentially his attempt at "light hearted comedy". Read morePublished 6 months ago by EJon
Eh. I have read serval Irvine Welsh books and enjoyed them but this one didn't interest me. I didn't even bother to finish it.Published 7 months ago by ashley miller