Synopses & Reviews
This story of two men locked in a war of wills that threatens their very existence is vintage Irvine Welsh. Troubled restaurant inspector Danny Skinner is on a quest to find the mysterious father his mother will not identify. Unraveling this hidden information is the key to understanding the crippling compulsions that threaten to wreck his young life. His ensuing journey takes him from the festival city of Edinburgh to the foodie city of San Francisco. But the hard-drinking, womanizing Skinner has a strange nemesis in the form of mild-mannered fellow inspector Brian Kibby. It is Skinner's unfathomable, obsessive hatred of Kibby that takes over everything, threatening to destroy not only Skinner and his mission but also those he loves most dearly. When Kibby contracts a horrific, undiagnosable illness, Skinner understands that his destiny is inextricably bound to that of his hated rival, and he is faced with a terrible dilemma. Irvine Welsh's work is a transgressive parable about the great obsessions of our time: food, sex, and celebrity.
"Succeeds on the strength of its tart sentences and bleak atmospherics. And the Jekyll-and-Hyde routine keeps the pages turning, even as it puts a fresh slant on that time-honored phrase, the Significant Other." James Marcus
"Welsh's best since his spectacular debut novel ." Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Compelling....All the characters in this book, even the minor ones, are drawn with scary accuracy in Welsh's unusual voice." Kirkus Reviews
Emotional honesty—plus jokes that actually work. --Mark LindquistSeattle Times
Full-bodied view of life's ironies....A more aggro John Irving. --Details
What begins as a narrative-switching character study quickly veers into Chuck Palahniuk territory....Hilarious insight into everything from foodie culture to the dark side of Star Trek conventions. --Publishers Weekly
"A family saga, a revenge fantasy, a -esque parable, and, most importantly, a very fun read." --
About the Author
Irvine Welsh is the author of Trainspotting, Ecstasy, Glue, Porno, Filth, Marabou Stork Nightmares, The Acid House, If You Liked School, You'll Love Work, Babylon Heights, The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs, Reheated Cabbage and Filth, which will start filming in January. He divides his time between Chicago, Miami, and London.