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‘Back to his violent best…dark, gruesome and captivating’ Esquire
The most terrifying character from Trainspotting returns.
Jim Francis has finally found the perfect life – and is now unrecognisable, even to himself. A successful painter and sculptor, he lives quietly with his wife, Melanie, and their two young daughters, in an affluent beach town in California. Some say he’s a fake and a con man, while others see him as a genuine visionary.
But Francis has a very dark past, with another identity and a very different set of values. When he crosses the Atlantic to his native Scotland, for the funeral of a murdered son he barely knew, his old Edinburgh community expects him to take bloody revenge. But as he confronts his previous life, all those friends and enemies – and, most alarmingly, his former self – Francis seems to have other ideas.
When Melanie discovers something gruesome in California, which indicates that her husband’s violent past might also be his psychotic present, things start to go very bad, very quickly.
The Blade Artist is an elegant, electrifying novel – ultra violent but curiously redemptive – and it marks the return of one of modern fiction’s most infamous, terrifying characters, the incendiary Francis Begbie from Trainspotting.
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It’s a thriller in the mode of Tarantino making war films or westerns; hiding grand themes within genre. -- Alan Bett ― Skinny
Intense, electrifying… Welsh has delivered a tremendously entertaining book – a whodunit, a thriller, and a probing character study – that’s obsessed with conflict, both physical and mental… A surprisingly poignant, evocative read – highly recommended. ― Mr Hyde
In a year when filming begins on Danny Boyle’s sequel of sorts to Trainspotting, it seems perfect timing to revisit its most visceral force. ― Skinny
[Begbie’s] intelligence and instinct make him compelling, and Welsh keep the plot roaring along… This is a dark, guilty pleasure and written with – it seems to me – the cinema screen in mind. -- Kate Muir ― The Times --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01913WX9M
- Publisher : Vintage Digital; 1st edition (7 April 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 1865 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 292 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 210,183 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book is quite amateurish at times.Not just the concept of Begbie marrying his jailhouse therapist ,getting out of nick early then re-inventing himself as a popular artist(sculptor), but the feeling that old Irvine is churning out easy stuff on autopilot, hardly even looking at the page.
But I had to read it cos I read all his stuff
Some of it made me cringe it was that poor.
And it takes 100 pages to get going
Don't send the boys round !
The book itself is a page turner, fast paced, although definitely on the shorter side. The reminicing consolidates what we know of Begbie and there is a delicious tension concerning his obsession with a certain Mark Renton. As long as the work produced maintains a high quality, it will always be a pleasure to read about these characters we have become so familiar with.