Townhouse Books

Saturday, September 16, 2006

The Cutting Room: Louise Welsh

Many authors develop a main character in their first mystery and carry on with him or her for years. I don't see that happening with The Cutting Room. The setting and plot are gritty and grim, with moral ambiguity a-plenty. The protagonist is not the kind of character you warm up to. He works for an auction house, and while taking an inventory of an old lady's antiques he finds an extensive pornographic library and snuff photography. He tries to find out what happened to the subject of the pictures without losing his lucrative job of auctioning off the house full of antiques. The ending is a bit of a letdown (one reviewer called it "muted") but the book is still worth reading, especially if you like that whole edgy Glasgow vibe.


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  • This guy sounds as unlikeable at Updike's Rabbit, and he got a series.

    Snuff photography? Yikes!

    By Blogger evt1618, at 5:45 PM  

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