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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: JONATHAN CAPE & BH - TRADE (15 April 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022410215X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224102155
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.8 x 23.9 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 299 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Back to his violent best… Dark, gruesome and captivating." (Sam Parker Esquire)

"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)

"Welsh's ear for dialect is superb, and the opportunity to observe Edinburgh's dark underbelly from the perspective of someone used to a gentler lifestyle far away leads to shrewd cultural insights." (Mail on Sunday)

"While Welsh’s sense of humour is never far from the surface of his writings…this is very much a work of dark crime fiction rather than comedy or social satire with a touch of James Ellroy." (Hannah McGill Scotsman)

"The Blade Artist is lean...clever and propulsive. The shorter length concentrates Welsh’s energy… There is a reason people still read him." (Orlando Bird Daily Telegraph)

"No one writes about violence and class with such wit and insight as Welsh. He’s a social satirist of the highest order and, with its themes of vengeance and redemption, this is a deceptively comic book with a very dark heart." (Metro)

"Welsh may be a reformed character but he's still got it, and The Blade Artist is fab." (Katy Guest Independent on Sunday)

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"The most terrifying character in Trainspotting returns u with his own novel"

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