Crime: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 17, 2008 - Fiction - 344 pages
20 Reviews

“[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?
 

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It was more like a really bad parody of Ian Rankin. - Goodreads
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User Review  - James Barker - Goodreads

Clearly 'Crime' was a bad choice as my first dip into Irvine Welsh's work. Characters, plot, writing style... all are poor. And he really needs to stay away from similes. His use of them was the crime that affected me the most. Read full review

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User Review  - JK - Goodreads

This Irvine Welsh novel is just as gritty and harrowing as the rest of them. It's extremely dark, at times a lot darker than Welsh's other novels. It's also very obviously well-researched, tackling ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
53
Section 4
115
Section 5
127
Section 6
137
Section 7
173
Section 8
195
Section 9
238
Section 10
254
Section 11
282
Section 12
296
Section 13
321
Section 14
343
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About the author (2008)

Irvine Welsh is the author of Trainspotting, Ecstacy, Filth (soon to be a major motion picture), Glue, Porno, and Crime, among other works. Welsh is also producing movies and writing screenplays. A native of Edinburgh, he lives in Chicago and Miami.

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