The Second Cut (Hardback)Louise Welsh (author)
Twenty years after his first appearance in Welsh’s Glasgow-set cult hit The Cutting Room, auctioneer Rilke returns, this time finding himself the only one keen to investigate the dubious demise of his close friend.
Shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2022
Auctioneer Rilke has been trying to stay out of trouble, keeping his life more or less respectable. Business has been slow at Bowery Auctions, so when an old friend, Jojo, gives Rilke a tip-off for a house clearance, life seems to be looking up. The next day Jojo washes up dead.
Jojo liked Grindr hook-ups and recreational drugs - is that the reason the police won't investigate? And if Rilke doesn't find out what happened to Jojo, who will?
Thrilling and atmospheric, The Second Cut delves into the dark side of twenty-first century Glasgow. Twenty years on from his appearance in The Cutting Room, Rilke is still walking a moral tightrope between good and bad, saint and sinner.
Publisher: Canongate Books
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 494 g
Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 35 mm
I doubt I'll read a better book this year. Dark, funny and humane, Louise Welsh tells the stories that nobody else dares - VAL McDERMID
Complex and very atmospheric, with plenty of sardonic humour and sharp observations about injustice, like its predecessor this is a hardboiled gem - Guardian
Well-wrought . . . The specificity and style of Welsh's prose - peppered with such fine Scottish words as 'bawface', 'coorie' and 'shoogly' - the depth of her characterisation and depiction of place, her gallows humour and her compassion all make The Second Cut a superb piece of work - The Times
One of the most enjoyable mysteries I've read this year, The Second Cut had me from the word go. Rilke's world feels rife with possibilities for dark doings - and Welsh's writing is fresh, funny, fearless and fun - JOSEPH KNOX
Superbly drawn and exquisitely written, the story moves at an exceptional pace: this is modern Glasgow at its most compelling with a contradictory - Daily Mail
Richly layered, gloriously carnal, bursting with patter and irresistibly seductive - CHRIS BROOKMYRE
Bleak, witty, unfailingly compassionate and beautifully written all at the same time . . . a lightly fictionalised love letter to Glasgow - Spectator
Getting another look behind the curtain at Rilke's world was a squalid thrill. Louise Welsh reclaims her crown as the queen of Glasgow's grubby glamour - KIRSTIN INNES
If writing a sequel to a bona fide Scottish classic weighed heavily on Louise Welsh you'd never know. The Second Cut grips from the very opening pages. The Glasgow it portrays is seamy but humane, its cast of characters flawed but endearing. The whole thing is compelling, immersive and brimming with life. A great achievement - GRAEME MACRAE BURNET
A searing reading experience . . . highly entertaining - Telegraph
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“Glorious, so well written and full of spirit and humanity”
his has been a book so worth waiting for! I adored The Second Cut. Louise Welsh brings an easy familiarity to the city of Glasgow and at the same time pokes under its flabby belly to expose a raw and sometimes paper... More
“From Glasgow with love...”
A thoroughly enjoyable read. The narrator (Rilke)'s voice and persona, wry, rather ironic, and navigating the grey areas of his world, was particularly engaging. His business is auctioneering (he works for Rose,... More
“The Second Cut, by Louise Welsh”
Readers have been waiting twenty years for this sequel, and it does not disappoint. The first thing to say is that, if you have not read The Cutting Room, then you should because you are missing a treat, but you do... More
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