The Glister by John Burnside
A Novel

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Acclaimed author John Burnside delivers a profound, page-turning novel about innocence, evil, morality, and the dark corners of the human psyche.
Mysterious illnesses affect the inhabitants of the post-industrial village of Innertown, and a pervasive sense of malaise hangs everywhere. So when teenage boys disappear into the poisoned woods surrounding the village’s abandoned chemical plant, no one notices, or if they do, they don’t say a thing. Not even the town’s only cop, whose leads have long since died. To one boy, however, the chemical plant is beautiful, and it is there he will enact a plan to change the fate of the children of Innertown. To do so he will have to confront the blinding reality that burns in the chemical plant’s cavernous center.

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About John Burnside

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John Burnside's last two books were the novel, A Summer of Drowning, shortlisted for the 2001 Costa Prize, and his poetry collection, Black Cat Bone, which won both the 2011 Forward Prize and the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry.
Published February 24, 2009 by Anchor. 274 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this novel, teenage boys start vanishing in the infected woods of a postindustrial Scottish town.

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Leonard rushes - the endgame signalled in passing by a tiny, late, shockingly prosaic sting about the novel's very name - towards ...

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Burnside to the shadowy and uncertain world of Innertown, a.

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Fantasy Literature

He sets up a fine horror mystery with the death of a teenaged boy in the opening pages, and tells us that every two years or so another boy, a boy about Leonard’s age, goes missing.

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