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the cutting room by louise welsh

You don't like crime novels? They're all predictable macho rubbish featuring over-the-top psychos and alcoholic police officers? Think again. In The Cutting Room Louise Welsh has managed to do that rare thing. She has created a crime novel in which the writing is as good as the story. And what a story.

Instead of focusing on a police officer it centres around Rilke, a 42 year old Glaswegian auctioneer who discovers some very disturbing old photos of mutilated bodies and decides to investigate. Not only did the story have me hooked but I also became engrossed in the character of Rilke himself, and the rather seedy things he gets up to in city parks at three in the morning.

A brilliantly dark and grimy read which you won't want to put down.

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