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ISBN13: 9780857860866
ISBN10: 0857860860
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A reissue of the outstanding contemporary Glasgow novel for which Welsh won the Saltire First Book of The Year Award and the Crime Writers' Association Creasey Dagger, was chosen as one of Britain's Best First Novelists by the Guardian, and was nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction
Rilke is eccentric, witty, and frequently outrageous. An auctioneer by profession, he is an acknowledged expert in antiques but also considers himself something of an expert in many other fields. When he comes upon a hidden collection of graphically violent erotic photographs, he feels compelled to unearth more about the deceased owner who coveted them. What follows is a compulsive journey of discovery, decadence, and deviousness, steered in part by Rilke's gay promiscuity and inquisitive nature. Louise Welsh's writing is stylish and captivating; she combines aspects of a detective story with shades of the gothic in a colorful Glasgow ranging from the genteel suburbs to a transvestite club, auction house to the bookies, pub, and porn shop. The result is a page-turning, darkly atmosopheric, and deliciously original debut.

About the Author

Louise Welsh is the bestselling author of Tamburlaine Must Die, The Bullet Trick, and Naming the Bones. She was chosen as one of Britain's Best First Novelists of 2002 by the Guardian. Her awards include the Crime Writers Association John Creasey Memorial Dagger and the Saltire First Book Award.

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PT, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by PT)
One of the best books I've read in a while. As a straight, middle-aged woman, a mystery-story addict, I took seriously my gay friend's recommendation that I would like it "despite the violence," and that was true -- except the violence ended up seeming integral to the story, distasteful but not at all gratuitous. I know quite a bit about the antiques trade and dealers, but other aspects of this story were not anywhere near my world, and yet as I was captivated by the writing and kept reading on to the end with hardly a stop, I thought there wasn't a word of this I would edit out. In hindsight, I think of this as a story about a braided-together set of longings: for excitement (professional and personal), love, the mental satisfaciton of solving a puzzle, the soul-nourishment of helping someone in need. One of those cases where a fiction writer creates a fascinating world that we are privileged to visit even if we don't want to take up residence.
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Welsh, Louise
Canongate Books
Gay and Lesbian-General
Erotica - General
Mystery & Detective - General
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