July 28, 2017

Crime by Irvine Welsh

Crime is the tale of a Scottish detective (Ray Lennox) who’s running away from / trying to recover after a very challenging case tracking down a¬†paedophile.

He’s also recently got engaged, and is battling with that and drug and alcohol addiction too!

Crime Irvine Welsh

Even though Crime is packed with Irvine Welsh story lines, its much less gripping than many of his other works. I was slightly disappointed by it. Despite Welsh using one the literary tactics he’s great at – parrallel universes. During the story we uncover several different stories:

  • What happened in the case of Mr. Confectioner back in Scotland
  • What’s happening real-time in Miami (where he gets involved in another child-sex case)
  • The demons from the distant past that are the cause of all his problems

In the end it’s kinda clear that Welsh has tried to write a detective-wrong-sides-of-the-tracks page turner – a la Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books – but he’s just not got it right.

 

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