The Blade Artist

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Publisher Description

‘Back to his violent best…dark, gruesome and captivating’ Esquire

The most terrifying character from Trainspotting returns.


Jim Francis has finally found the perfect life – and is now unrecognisable, even to himself. A successful painter and sculptor, he lives quietly with his wife, Melanie, and their two young daughters, in an affluent beach town in California. Some say he’s a fake and a con man, while others see him as a genuine visionary.

But Francis has a very dark past, with another identity and a very different set of values. When he crosses the Atlantic to his native Scotland, for the funeral of a murdered son he barely knew, his old Edinburgh community expects him to take bloody revenge. But as he confronts his previous life, all those friends and enemies – and, most alarmingly, his former self – Francis seems to have other ideas.

When Melanie discovers something gruesome in California, which indicates that her husband’s violent past might also be his psychotic present, things start to go very bad, very quickly.

The Blade Artist is an elegant, electrifying novel – ultra violent but curiously redemptive – and it marks the return of one of modern fiction’s most infamous, terrifying characters, the incendiary Francis Begbie from Trainspotting.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2016
7 April
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House
SIZE
1.3
MB

Customer Reviews

Huey Cameron ,

Very imaginative reprise of the character

A brilliant book which peers into the wonderful deep abyss of the human condition.

Adrock01 ,

Live by the The Blade Artist, die by The Blade Artist

Another masterpiece from Irvine Welsh. So perfectly written, you're immediately transferred to the mind, and life behind the eyes, of his main character. This time it's Francis Begbie, so expect the ride to be bumpy, but so much fun.
Hurry up and write another!!

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