Dead Men's Trousers (Hardback)Irvine Welsh (author)
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Mark Renton is finally a success.
An international jet-setter, he now makes significant money managing DJs, but the constant travel, airport lounges, soulless hotel rooms and broken relationships have left him dissatisfied with his life.
He's then rocked by a chance encounter with Frank Begbie, from whom he'd been hiding for years after a terrible betrayal and the resulting debt. But the psychotic Begbie appears to have reinvented himself as a celebrated artist and - much to Mark's astonishment - doesn't seem interested in revenge.
Sick Boy and Spud, who have agendas of their own, are intrigued to learn that their old friends are back in town, but when they enter the bleak world of organ-harvesting, things start to go so badly wrong.
Lurching from crisis to crisis, the four men circle each other, driven by their personal histories and addictions, confused, angry - so desperate that even Hibs winning the Scottish Cup doesn't really help.
One of these four will not survive to the end of this book. Which one of them is wearing Dead Men's Trousers? Fast and furious, scabrously funny and weirdly moving, this is a spectacular return of the crew from Trainspotting.
'Blackly funny . . . It's ultimately a mark of Welsh's magic in having created such memorable characters.' - Observer
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 704 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 38 mm
'It's wildly over the top and frequently very funny.' - The Guardian
'Some things never change. Violence lurks beneath the surface. Football still resonates. And, best of all, the Scots dialect retains its colloquial zing. Welsh fans are in for another witty, scabrous treat.' - Max Davidson, Mail on Sunday
'Blackly funny . . . It's ultimately a mark of Welsh's magic in having created such memorable characters.' - Anthony Cummins, Observer
'Irresistible . . . No one captures the competing affections and resentments that underpin lifelong friendships like Welsh, and the original lads - Sick Boy and Spud in particular - still bring out the best in him . . . keeping you gripped and choking on bursts of shocked laughter.' - Esquire