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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009950698X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099506980
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Irvine Welsh was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Raised in the tenement homes of Leith, the prefabs in West Pilton and the maisonettes in Muirhouse, he attended Ainslie Park Secondary School. At sixteen, he left education and took on various jobs, and eventually moved to London in the seventies. There he dabbled with the property market while spending his free time exploring the London punk scene. He then moved back to Edinburgh to study an MBA.

Back home, and inspired by the nineties rave scene, he was fortunate enough to run into some fascinating characters whom he immortalised in his diary - and, later, in the pages of Trainspotting. At first dismissed for its unmarketable content, Trainspotting shot Welsh to fame, precipitated further by the release of the film, by Danny Boyle, three years later.

Since then he has written eight other works of fiction. He currently lives in Chicago.

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"A triumph... A great, redemptive book... It leaves you wanting more, much more" (Observer)

"Powerful, passionate writing... Welsh gets it just right" (Literary Review)

"Powerful... A bracing and engaging read" (Daily Telegraph)

"Crime is by some distance Welsh's most restrained and thoughtful work" (The Times)

"You never know what you're going to get with Irvine Welsh, other than guaranteed intelligence. But what you get here is a triumph. A brave take on paedophile rings and the minds, fast and slow, behind them... There are echoes of rebus, of Christopher Brookmyre, even of Carl Hiaasen... There's only one Welsh and you should be reading him again" (Observer)

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"One for readers with strong stomachs but soft hearts" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David S. Nicholls on 26 May 2011
Format: Paperback
Did somebody say drugs, profanity, and a Scottish accent... it must be Irvine Welsh. I must admit I am usually put off Welsh's books due to these three things (or the over-use of them), but Crime offers the reader something else; although the language in this novel does get 'colourful' at times and there is drug use within the pages of this book, this isn't just shock for shocks sake. This is a novel thats gritty, thought provoking and powerful.
It tells the tale of Ray Lennox a Scottish police officer in Miami due to having a stress related breakdown and while there stumbles upon a young girl who is the target of a paedophile ring.
The main narative is alternated with chapters detailing the events that happened prior to his breakdown, these chapters are written from an intense second-person perspective that really drags the reader into the novel and doesn't allow them to leave.
This novel is extremely hard to put down, and a must-read for enyone wanting to read a satisfying and deep novel.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Quality Reader on 20 Jan. 2009
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Irvine has produced an uncomfortable read this time. Crime is a book that makes you think and confront some issues you'd rather not know about. It suffered, in my opinion, from it's setting. As a fan of gritty British fiction I was immediately switched off by a book set in America (no reflection on Americans by the way - I do like the place!) however, I found the back story on Ray Lennox and his development as a character fascinating.

In a nutshell, it's for grown ups and should be read as a standalone book rather than suffering comparisons with 'Trainspotting' or 'Glue'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Drever on 6 April 2011
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I started reading Crime straight after Room by Emma Donoghue. With a similar subject matter but much grittier approach, I found both books equally compelling reads. Crime is a fast paced thriller with believable central characters. Told mostly through the central character, Ray Lennox (an Edinburgh detective with huge personal issues on holiday in Miami), I felt that I could relate to his perception of America; the standard stereotypes and hidden undercurrents of sleaze that appear in all US cities. The over-sexualisation of children is an interesting recurrent theme also. The sly cunning and inter-connectedness of the child molesters ring was trully disturbing. I liked the counterpoise between Lennox's Edinburgh child sex-murder case and the unfolding US one.

I am a fan of Irvine's work and wasn't disappointed. I grew to like the hero and his ward, even though he's a Jambo! (clever casting there!).

Anyone who likes US writing including the contemporary crime writers (Haisen, McCarthy) and Scottish crime writing (Rankin, et al.) would enjoy this novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Feb. 2010
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What with him being a writer an all that young Mr Welsh does seem to have a way with words. I thoroughly enjoyed this bit of fiction, it draws a little bit from the frame of reference drawn up in Filth although this time the copper is goodie (despite his fondnes for the Bolivian Bicarb) who goes on holiday to Florida with his bride to be, only to get himself caught up in child sex ring.

Irivine has a clever knack of addressing challenging issues while still keeping them entertaining. He sits comfortably in the hinterlnd between Andy McNab and Proust, neither embarassingly low brow or pretentiously high brow. If I hadn't already bought "Crime" I'd be happy to buy it again. The only downer on reading Irvine Welsh's books is that as an author I know I'll never be as good as him. Makes you sick doesn't he !

Cheers
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M Fuller on 26 Jan. 2014
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"Crime" is somehow very different from Irvine Welsh's other books. It has his feel and style, but it is very touching and ultimately more heartfelt than other Welsh novels I have read.

The main character Ray is a Scottish policeman who is painfully flawed, but you grow to like him and when you learn why he is like he is you grow to love him, very rarely does a character in a book hit me like Ray managed to, he is a very broken hero who has an uncomfortable path to follow to gain some redemption in his life. This book deals with a very difficult subject matter and is hard reading at times, its a subject that not many authors would have the courage to tackle, but its real and it happens. Welsh has an uncanny way of making you feel part of the story and I for one, really routed for Ray in the end. I was touched and amazed by how "powerful" this story became as I turned the pages. The ending brought a tear to my eye and this surprised me no end as I am a grown man and not usually susceptible to this kind of thing...

Beautifully written and I "truly" hope people read this brief review and buy this book... Irvine Welsh can often be amazing and this novel is up there with the best I have ever read - a very special story for me at least.

Thank you Mr Welsh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. D. E. Nelson on 11 Oct. 2009
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it's funny the way that if an artist's first offering is groundbreaking,they spend the rest of their career trying to prove themselves to everyone over and over.take oasis, every album they release people are like "yeah, it's quite good, but not as good as definitely maybe" Evan though the new album might stand head and shoulders above everything else at the time.this is the case with 'crime'.i seemed to be lost in a desert of crap fiction for ages.every book i read was covered in glowing reviews which i totally disagreed with.then i came across crime.it was a brave decision to tackle the subject in question, but irvine handles it well.i got totally lost in the lead characters story.his sense of disorientation is almost too much to bear somtimes as he takes on an unknown enemy(on a comedown!)highly recommended.
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