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5.0 out of 5 stars An edgier Ian Rankin, February 8, 2011
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This review is from: Bye Bye Baby (a Detective Frank Collins police thriller) (Kindle Edition)
Allan Guthrie isn't as well-known in the USA as he is in the UK, which is a great shame as he's regarded as one of Scotland's best crime writers. I hope people will try this novella as an introduction to his work. He's a kind of edgier more noir-ish version of Ian Rankin. Bye-Bye Baby deals with the loss of a child and a mother's fantasies, and it would be unfair to say more than that. The plot twists, and the truth is hard to pin down. You get a real feel for police work, and the characters really spring to life. Guthrie has the knack of creating convincing characters with sometimes just a few deft lines of dialogue.

What's fascinating is to finish the book (and it is a great ending) and then read the short story that inspired the novella. The story is told from a different character's viewpoint, and whether you're a writer or a reader, it's intriguing to see.

I enjoyed it so much I've immediately bought his other Kindle novella, Killing Mum, and really look forward to it.
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