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
This is a hard book to read. The main character is pretty vile, and very unlikeable.
Filth is a very well written book. Read more
written in a thick scottish accent it takes a bit of adjusting to but, it lives up to it's title.Published 29 days ago by Earl Smith
Irvine Welsh is an amazing writer. My order was on time and in listed condition. This made a great addition to my collection.Published 1 month ago by Sparx
I love a good Irvine Welsh novel. I will now be the first in line to read anything he's going to write. Read morePublished 2 months ago by VirgilCane
With his celebrated Trainspotting and Glue, which is another work i liked a lot, this is Welsh excelling. It is a masterwork of black humour. Read morePublished 3 months ago by rick artdefoy
I also work in a strange and insular profession that can be seen as similar to the police force and these similarities frightened me.Published 3 months ago by derek crimmins
Bruce Robertson is just the worst person ever and yet so much fun to read. Filth is a good book with such interesting damaged characters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joel Partridge