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The Second Cut

Louise Welsh author


Publisher:Canongate Books

Published:2nd Feb '23


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'Superb' The Times Crime Book of the Month
'A hardboiled gem' Guardian
'I doubt I'll read a better book this year' Val McDermid

Auctioneer Rilke has been trying to stay out of trouble, keeping his life more or less respectable. Business has been slow at Bowery Auctions, so when an old friend, Jojo, gives Rilke a tip-off for a house clearance, life seems to be looking up. The next day Jojo washes up dead.

Jojo liked Grindr hook-ups and recreational drugs - is that the reason the police won't investigate? And if Rilke doesn't find out what happened to Jojo, who will?

I doubt I'll read a better book this year. Dark, funny and humane, Louise Welsh tells the stories that nobody else dares -- VAL McDERMID
Complex and very atmospheric, with plenty of sardonic humour and sharp observations about injustice, like its predecessor this is a hardboiled gem * * Guardian * *
Well-wrought . . . The specificity and style of Welsh's prose - peppered with such fine Scottish words as 'bawface', 'coorie' and 'shoogly' - the depth of her characterisation and depiction of place, her gallows humour and her compassion all make The Second Cut a superb piece of work * * The Times * *
One of the most enjoyable mysteries I've read this year, The Second Cut had me from the word go. Rilke's world feels rife with possibilities for dark doings - and Welsh's writing is fresh, funny, fearless and fun -- JOSEPH KNOX
Superbly drawn and exquisitely written, the story moves at an exceptional pace: this is modern Glasgow at its most compelling with a contradictory * * Daily Mail * *
Richly layered, gloriously carnal, bursting with patter and irresistibly seductive -- CHRIS BROOKMYRE
Bleak, witty, unfailingly compassionate and beautifully written all at the same time . . . a lightly fictionalised love letter to Glasgow * * Spectator * *
Getting another look behind the curtain at Rilke's world was a squalid thrill. Louise Welsh reclaims her crown as the queen of Glasgow's grubby glamour -- KIRSTIN INNES
If writing a sequel to a bona fide Scottish classic weighed heavily on Louise Welsh you'd never know. The Second Cut grips from the very opening pages. The Glasgow it portrays is seamy but humane, its cast of characters flawed but endearing. The whole thing is compelling, immersive and brimming with life. A great achievement -- GRAEME MACRAE BURNET
A searing reading experience . . . highly entertaining * * Telegraph * *

  • Short-listed for The McIlvanney Prize 2022 (UK)

ISBN: 9781838850890

Dimensions: 198mm x 129mm x 23mm

Weight: 256g

384 pages