When Rilke, a dissolute auctioneer, comes upon a hidden collection of violent and highly disturbing photographs, he feels compelled to discover more about the deceased owner who coveted them. Soon he finds himself sucked into an underworld of crime, depravity and secret desire, fighting for his life.
Louise Welsh’s writing is stylish and captivating; she combines aspects of a detective story with shades of the gothic. The result is a page-turning and deliciously original debut. The Cutting Room has won the Crime Writers Association award for debut crime novels, the John Creasey Memorial Dagger, and has been longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.
“One of the most intriguing, assured and unputdownable debuts to come out of Scotland in recent years … A stunning work of fiction.”
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“I was hooked from page one. Rilke is not Welsh’s only great creation. The huge supporting cast of misfits and outsiders … are equally memorable. And Glasgow becomes a character in itself: it is oppressive, foreboding - a dark place for a dark tale.”
“What makes The Cutting Room so gripping is the combination of suspense and character as the story unfolds through the unusual eyes of Rilke … His horror, like the reader’s, lies in the terrible intimacy, impersonality and irreversibility of what he witnesses.”
“In Louise Welsh crime fiction has one of its few real literary writers. The Cutting Room is a hugely commendable debut, assured and memorable. Crime fiction may have its prize-winner at last.”
“Welsh upturns tropes and adds depth, seedy detail and Gothic lyricism to the page-turner framework.”
Louise Welsh is the bestselling author of The Cutting Room, Tamburlaine Must Die, The Bullet Trick and Naming the Bones. She was chosen as one of Britain’s Best First Novelists of 2002 by the Guardian. Her awards include the Crime Writers’ Association Creasey Dagger for and the Saltire First Book of The Year Award. She lives in Glasgow.