Crime by Irvine Welsh
A Novel

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“[An] inimitable combination of dark realism, satire and psychological insight . . . complicated, unsettling and at times beautiful."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

In the wake of a nasty child-murder case, Detective Ray Lennox of the Edinburgh PD has suffered a full-scale breakdown. He’s placed on leave for mental retuning and takes off for a few days of sun in Miami. From there, Crime becomes an unmistakably Welshian blend of the macabre and the psychologically astute, as Lennox faces a dwindling supply of antidepressants, a bridal-magazine-toting fiancée, and cokehappy locals who lead him back into old habits and leave him to care for a child. Is he really in the right shape to be playing knight-errant to a terrified ten-year-old girl? Will his best instincts and worst judgments get them both killed, or find him the redemption he seeks?

About Irvine Welsh

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Irvine Welsh is the author of Trainspotting, Ecstacy, Filth (soon to be a major motion picture), Glue, Porno, and Crime, among other works. Welsh is also producing movies and writing screenplays. A native of Edinburgh, he lives in Chicago and Miami.
Published September 17, 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company. 353 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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In Irvine Welsh’s latest novel, a Scottish detective heads to Florida for some R & R -- only to stumble across a child sex ring.

Oct 19 2008 | Read Full Review of Crime: A Novel

The Guardian

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Ray Lennox is a drug-addled Scottish detective on leave in Miami after a breakdown.

Jul 10 2009 | Read Full Review of Crime: A Novel

The Guardian

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There's a moving hymn to the American dream (Miami Beach strikes Lennox as the sort of place where "a newcomer could take his Colombian, Haitian, Cuban or Scots family and they'd proudly say: this cunt's done awright"), and Welsh even finds some kind words for Guy Ritchie, aka "an English guy who...

Jun 27 2008 | Read Full Review of Crime: A Novel

The Guardian

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But when Lennox's devils make him fall out with perfect fiancee Tina, and he ends up back on the booze, back on the coke, back in a club so seedy you're tempted to stop reading and actually check the soles of your own shoes for gum and chemicals, you know you are firmly in Welsh territory.

Jun 28 2008 | Read Full Review of Crime: A Novel

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Welsh packs in atmospheric details of the seedy clubs, grubby motels and simmering everglades as Lennox charges into a maelstrom of danger.

Sep 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Crime: A Novel

IF CRIME were described as 'Irvine Welsh takes on paedophilia', you would be forgiven for dreading him bringing to that knotty and highly flammable topic all the subtlety and grace of a bull dancing on a pinhead and you would be right.

Jun 22 2008 | Read Full Review of Crime: A Novel

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