The Cutting Room (Canons)

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The Cutting Room (Canons)

The Cutting Room (Canons)

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Ultimately THE CUTTING ROOM is a fascinating book - part morality tale, part crime fiction, part character study, vaguely Gothic, grotty and steeped in a sense of place and people. They don't really want to find all the answers: the body in question, the confrontation with actual flesh. He becomes obsessed by the photographs and the story hidden within, finding himself caught up with the Glasgow underworld and struggling to stay afloat. A fascinating debut that is rooted in the noir tradition with some neo-gothic touches and enough traits to set it apart from run-of-the mill contemporaries. She has also written three plays, an opera, edited volumes of prose and poetry, and contributed to journals and anthologies.

The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh | The Independent | The The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh | The Independent | The

Obsessions play a fundamental role in The Cutting Room, both in the actions of the dead antagonist and in Rilke, the protagonist and auctioneer who stumbles across snuff photographs while processing an estate and begins to wonder if they are real. Starting with local pornography trade contacts, Rilke sets out to discover this woman's identity and uncover the story behind her appearance in the disturbing photographs.

If I might, I will employ a cinematic metaphor and liken Louise Welsh to the director of a movie: she chooses to focus the story and each scene in such a way that while the mystery is still the primary plot of the book, it does not seem to form the substance of each scene. The Guardian described it as a "gleefully black, knowing first novel", also noting that it "effortlessly glides [from a detective novel] into literary fiction". I have read crime novels that display intelligence and humanity, and where there is a sense of panache about the prose; I have read “literary” novels that were blasé, turgid and inconsequential. Whilst the mystery is the initial pull, it takes a side step to the depravity and the main characters sexual exploits.

The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh – Canongate Books

This book was quite intense in the topics it covered, tension was very much created when he got involved with shady characters who one wouldn't want any dealings with on the negative side.At the same time, he's not depicted as a lone wolf, hard man who cares - typical of many crime fiction books. He's on a desperate sniffing trail, sorting through shucked-off evidence in a city and a book that seem to be teeming with fetishists of all kinds. While Rilke sorts out and packs up the house of the dead, his enemies and allies are trannies comparing manicures and chignons, bibliophiles who hoard musty paper, pornographers who hide their true business behind layers of obfuscation. It was a while since we'd had a whole town house and the tight schedule meant we'd need extra hands - the usual unemployed sons, brothers, cousins, dragged away from their beds and daytime soaps for cash in hand.

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