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Rilke chances upon a collection of disturbing books and photographs belonging to his latest client’s late brother. Their worn complexions, dirt-grained collars and creased jumble-sale suits spoke of late-hour, long-drinking nights and blank stumbles into unmade beds.

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There was a junk of heavy oak furniture, monstrosities too big for modern apartments, boxes of soiled napery and bric-a-brac. The mystery kept me turning the pages, but the journey getting there was fun because of the way it was written and the fleshed-out characters with their intricate complexities. He's not used to finding himself in these situations, nor are we, unless we've become vicarious detectives via reading. So much crime fiction sacrifices depth of characterisation, feel for landscape and intellectual rigour to the demands of a racily paced plot.She contributed, with Zoë Strachan, a short story entitled "Anyone Who Had a Heart" to Glasgow Women's Library's 21 Revolutions Project. Join Rilke on his journey through a hidden city that comes with haunted characters with illicit urges and dark desires. If The Second Cut races a little too tidily to its conclusion, it nevertheless remains eminently entertaining – no mean feat given that this is a story peopled by misanthropes and misery, and by folk who have no reason for hope but remain hopeful nevertheless.

THE CUTTING ROOM by Louise Welsh ★★★ | Kara.Reviews THE CUTTING ROOM by Louise Welsh ★★★ | Kara.Reviews

She instructs Rilke to personally dispose of all the contents of the attic, not in the usual way, through the auction block, but by burning. I missed the street hawkers and book barrows of Paddy's Market's prime, shook my head at what passed for quality, and pitied youth. I prefer to stay where someone might hear me scream,” he responds, choosing Glasgow’s “petrol fumes and windblown litter tossed by rain”. Anyway, The Cutting Room climaxes with the auction of McKindless' estate and a revelation that sends Rilke's plans spiralling out of control.While clearing out the house of his latest client, an elderly woman, he comes across a collection of erotic books and photos that belonged to her deceased brother. I was getting ahead of myself, there was nothing to say there was anything of use at all in the place - but the odds were for it. Louise Welsh (born 1 February 1965 in London) is an English-born author of short stories and psychological thrillers, resident in Glasgow, Scotland.

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