Irvine Welsh returns to Edinburgh, the home of Trainspotting and so many of his novels since, with a new novel featuring one of his most iconic and beloved characters—'Juice' Terry Lawson—that's thick on the Scottish brogue, heavy on the filth and masterful in its comedic timing.
A Decent Ride sees Irvine Welsh back in Edinburgh, this time with one of his most compelling and popular characters front and center: the rampaging force of nature that is 'Juice' Terry Lawson, first seen in Glue.
Juice is a man who contains multitudes: he's a top shagger, drug-dealing, gonzo pornstar and taxi driver. As we ride along in Juice's cab through the depraved streets of Edinburgh, Juice encounters a series of charmingly filthy characters, each of whom present their own, uh, unique challenges. Has he finally met his match in Hurricane 'Bawbag'? Can he discover the fate of the missing beauty, Jinty Magdalen, and keep her idiot-savant lover, the man-child Wee Jonty, out of prison? Will he find out the real motives of unscrupulous American businessman and reality-TV star, Ronald Checker? And, crucially, will Juice be able to negotiate life after a terrible event robs him of his sexual virility, and can a new fascination for the game of golf help him to live without . . . a decent ride? (The meaning of the title is starting to sink in now, huh?). So buckle your seatbelts and prepare for one unforgettable ride.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The author of Trainspotting offers us another raw, outrageous, and cruelly funny glimpse into Scotland’s seedier side. In A Decent Ride, we’re treated to an unobstructed view of “Juice” Terry Lawson: a sex-crazed cab driver who’s been given doctor’s orders to cool it. Irvine Welsh’s trademark slangy voice heightens the mayhem of Lawson’s journey as he gets pulled into the search for a missing sex worker named Jinty. Traversing Edinburgh’s underbelly, Lawson meets a Donald Trump-like tycoon/reality TV star with a thirst for extremely rare whiskey, develops a passion for Moby Dick, and trades his bedroom kinks for golf links.
One of Welsh's best
If you are already an Irvine Welsh fan, you will love this book. There are plenty of references to the world Welsh created in previous works that make a Welsh fan feel a bit of nostalgia, but, there's also plenty here for a first time reader. As usual, Welsh writes in a Scottish dialect that takes some getting used to for new readers, but it's particularly worth it in "A Decent Ride." Sure, it's sometimes filthy and perhaps offensive to some, but this is also Welsh's most mature work I've read. It's still outlandish and a lot of fun, but I also love seeing that these characters are growing up, right along with me.