Saturday, 10 February 2018

Crime by Irvine Welsh

Crime by Irvine Welsh
Published in the UK by Jonathan Cape in 2008.

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How I got this book:
Swapped for at a campsite book exchange

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Detective Inspector Ray Lennox has fled to Miami to escape the aftermath of a mental breakdown induced by occupational stress and cocaine abuse, and a harrowing child-sex murder case back in Edinburgh. But his fiancée Trudi is only interested in planning their wedding, and soon Lennox casts himself adrift, alone in Florida. A coke-fuelled binge brings him into contact with another victim of sexual predation, ten-year-old Tianna, and Lennox flees across the state with his terrified charge, determined to protect her at any cost. But can Lennox trust his own instincts? And can he handle Tianna, while still trying to get to grips with the Edinburgh murder?

I was pleased to spot an Irvine Welsh novel at a campsite book exchange because I've heard great things about this author and his books rarely turn up in this way. However, either Crime is a bit of a dud or Welsh just isn't a good author for me. The writing starting out engagingly enough and I liked the presentations of Edinburgh and Miami. Our hero though, Ray Lennox, is that staple of crime thriller fiction - a troubled detective who drinks too much and has dark secrets in his past. Yawn! That coupled with a mostly unbelievable storyline that sees Lennox spuriously driving right across Florida in the company of an unknown child meant I often wondered quite what this book was supposed to be. I kept reading in the hope that the narrative would pick up, but, for me, the plot just kept getting sillier which was very distasteful given the overriding theme of paedophilia. An odd book and not one that has me encouraged to read this author again any time soon.

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