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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 07/04/2016
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Jim Francis has finally found the perfect life - and is now unrecognisable, even to himself. A successful painter and sculptor, he lives quietly with his wife, Melanie, and their two young daughters, in an affluent beach town in California. Some say he's a fake and a con man, while others see him as a genuine visionary. But Francis has a very dark past, with another identity and a very different set of values. When he crosses the Atlantic to his native Scotland, for the funeral of a murdered son he barely knew, his old Edinburgh community expects him to take bloody revenge. But as he confronts his previous life, all those friends and enemies - and, most alarmingly, his former self - Francis seems to have other ideas. When Melanie discovers something gruesome in California, which indicates that her husband's violent past might also be his psychotic present, things start to go very bad, very quickly. The Blade Artist is an elegant, electrifying novel - ultra violent but curiously redemptive - and it marks the return of one of modern fiction's most infamous, terrifying characters, the incendiary Francis Begbie from Trainspotting.

"Horribly enjoyable" - The Daily Mail

"lean, clever and propulsive. The shorter length concentrates Welsh's energy." - The Telegraph

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780224102155
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 512 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"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 *
"Fans are in for a treat" * UK Press Syndication *
"This Ultra-violent but curiously redemptive new novel is both elegant and electrifying." * Glasgow West End *
"An ultra-violent odyssey through the darkest recesses of urban life." * Hot Press *
"Fast and fizzing, compulsively readable." * Sunday Mirror *
"Horribly enjoyable" * Mail on Sunday *

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“The return of a literary monster!”

Welsh does a great job of reintroducing his readers to the notorious Begbie, now supposedly a calm, loyal family man living on the coast of California creating macabre works of art to sell to the highest bidder. But... More

Hardback edition
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“first class edgy read.”

I am personally a big of all Irvine's books, this was a great catch up with one of his most popular and violent characters, it was a great edgy read that you knew would slip in to mayhem at any moment and this... More

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