Complicity n. 1. the fact of being an accomplice, esp. in a criminal act.
A few spliffs, a spot of mild S&M, phone through the copy of tomorrow's front page, catch up with the latest from your mystery source - could be big, could be very big - in fact, just a regular day at the office for free-wheeling, substance-abusing Cameron Colley, a fully paid-up Gonzo hack on an Edinburgh newspaper. The source is pretty thin, but Cameron senses a scoop and checks out a series of bizarre deaths from a few years ago - only to find that the police are checking out a series of bizarre deaths that are happening right now. And Cameron just might know more about it than he'd care to admit.…
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"A remarkable novel...superbly crafted, funny, and intelligent." (Financial Times)
"A stylishly executed and well-produced study of fear, loathing, and victimisation which moves towards doom in measured steps." (Observer)
"Ingenious, daring, and brilliant." (Guardian)
Say something about yourself!
I'm only halfway though it but the plot is good and I like Iain Banks' novels.
Yes, but only if you can cope with someone who's reading as if they're racing to the finish line.
He reads too fast and in a rather jaunty tone of voice that doesn't really suit the story. I thought my music player was on double speed.
"Why do I like this so much? ...."
I'm not a Scottish young male journo with a drug habit; this book is grim, brutal, uncompromising and convoluted ...so why do I like this so much?
I like it because Iain B. makes you think. He challenges your preconceptions, delights in startling you and gives you a mental workout. I like it because he invents strong, believable characters and puts them in hideous situations with storylines that are unpredictable and challenging. I like it because his dark and difficult books are clever, engaging and enjoyable to read. They put footprints all over your brain.
Iain Banks is simply brilliant, with and without the M. His books steal a bit of headspace and never really leave you.
Peter Kenny deserves a mention too. He is a great narrator and really brings the characters and stories to life with a subtlety that others lack. I love his work.
I thoroughly recommend all of the Banks audio books, perhaps with the exception of Feersum Endjinn. Get that in print as half the fun is in the spelling.
I never read this one the first time around and it was good to catch up on this. I love the constant references to his Tosh and fascination with the new technology of the period. A Toshiba lap top with a colour screen - magic! OK - so not one of his best, but I kind of read or listen to Iain Banks because I love his Iain M Banks so much.
Heard he was on his last legs in the papers last week. This is devastating! He is just one of the good guys, we need him! Also saw critics in the papers claim his Fiction is better than his SF - what?!
Please, Please, Please - someone call the Culture and get him into a med box and fix him - now, this is an order! 13/4/13
"Banks at his non Sci-Fi best"
This is excellent, gritty and compelling Banks. And Peter Kenny is excellent also. In tone it puts me in mind of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but this clearly pre-dates....and is of course set in Scotland.
"Gripping, grizzly murder mystery with amoral twist"
Really enjoyed this book. I have even more respect for Iain Banks' story telling prowess and sorrow that we've lost him to the big C already. Kept me listening at certain points longer than I intended because of the "what the fek is going to happen next" hooks in the storyline.
"Very good in its genre"
The sad occasion that made me pick up this particular book was reading about Iain Banks terminal illness and realising that I'd never got around to reading any of his books. Giving it only three stars is not really fair, as it is quite excellent in its genre. It's probably more that I'm a bit tired of the thriller/crime-fic/social indignation genre...
It's a well enough thought out story and the protagonist, a traditional "hack", is quite credible. I always love it when books are set in Scotland - I can't explain why - still haven't been!
The narrator is a master of accents, which is quite entertaining, surely, but in the end slightly irritating. I'm not sure that I really want narrators to act like they are in a radio play rather than reading a book.
"I'm Returning This One"
I can't imagine who would enjoy this book. I thought it was thoroughly revolting.
Far too much gratuitous sex for my taste.
Narrator was ok, it was the content.
I think the underlying story might have been ok but it is interspersed with very graphic murders and unpleasant sex scenes.
"Unable to get into this book"
Despite trying several times to listen to this audible book , I have found it too difficult to listen to. The Scottish accent, combined with the speed at which it is being read made it impossible for me to enjoy. I will be returning it.
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