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In a hard-boiled city of crooks, grifts and rackets lurk a pair of toughs: Box and _____. They're the kind of men capable of extracting apologies and reparations, of teaching you a chilling lesson. They seldom think twice, and ask very few questions. Until one night over the poker table, they encounter a pulp writer with wild ideas and an unscrupulous private detective, leading them into what is either a classic mystery, a senseless maze of corpses, or an inextricable fever dream . . . Drunk on cinematic and literary influence, Muscle is a slice of noir fiction in collapse, a ceaselessly imaginative story of violence, boredom and madness.



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 07/02/2019 ISBN-13: 9780571352210  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Alan Trotter is a writer based in Edinburgh. Muscle, his debut novel, was awarded the inaugural Sceptre Prize for a novel-in-progress.His short fiction has appeared in Somesuch Stories, Under the Influence, McSweeney's Internet Tendency and elsewhere. In 2016 he collaborated with Editions at Play on the experimental digital story All This Rotting ('mesmerising' - Big Issue, 'nauseating' - Irish Times). He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow - his dissertation concerned writers making unusual use of the form of the book. alantrotter.com

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A rollicking rollercoaster ride of modernist noir. It is unlike anything I've read before and bloody brilliant. A bold new voice tears down the walls between crime and sci-fi and produces this sumptuously written tale high on the effects of cinematic and literary influences. The story of two toughs on the mean streets who get lost down a vortex of guns, booze, pulp magazines and a looming truth that spins this story right on its head. What an ending! Please don't miss this one.

Ben, Buying Team

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 31/01/2019

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