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Slammer [Kindle Edition]

Allan Guthrie
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Guthrie's prose is a series of short, sharp shocks, reeking of the visceral brutality of the toughest contemporary noir...those who enjoy the darker side of the genre are in for some serious thrills with this, his fifth novel. --Guardian

A book as inventive and groundbreaking as it is magnificently written…'Slammer' is the most relentlessly page-turning novel this reviewer has come across in a long, long time…a superb novel that will leave you thinking hard about life for a long time afterwards, and there's not much higher praise than that --The Scotsman

A witty and inventive stylist --Washington Post

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A dark, psychological thriller set in a Scottish prison.

Young prison officer, Nicholas Glass, is finding the stresses of his new job increasingly hard to handle. Bullied and abused by inmates and colleagues alike, each day is getting longer than the one before. When a group of cons uses outside help to threaten his wife and daughter, he agrees to do them a "favour". But as their threats escalate, and one favour leads to another, he grows ever closer to breaking point.

Praise for SLAMMER

"an absolute masterpiece, really should be at the top of everyone's "must-read" list" EuroCrime

"With SLAMMER, Guthrie creates a twisting labyrinth of a book that offers all his signature blood-racing energy, but with a deepening emotional heft that, by the end, leaves the reader breathless. His main character – his richest yet – sinks us down with him, and the results are both shocking and utterly heart-rending." Megan Abbott, author of THE END OF EVERYTHING

"He can even change your entire perception of reality with the smallest little twitch of the finger. Allan Guthrie is noir fiction's pre-eminent psychosurgeon – precise, diabolical and wildly talented." Duane Swierczynski, author of FUN AND GAMES

Praise for TWO-WAY SPLIT

"Seek him out and buy his book." Ian Rankin, creator of Inspector John Rebus and author of THE COMPLAINTS

"Excellent." George Pelecanos, author of THE CUT

"In the tradition of Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin, Allan Guthrie chronicles life in the underbelly of Edinburgh with dazzling grace. TWO-WAY SPLIT is a hard-edged, fast-paced noir thriller with outstanding dialogue and plenty of unforgettable bad guys. It's Scottish crime fiction with a unique American hard-boiled twist." Jason Starr, author of THE PACK

"… all the beauty of BLUE VELVET and all the insanity of WILD AT HEART" Ray Banks, author of BEAST OF BURDEN

"With razor-sharp characterisation and an evocative sense of place, the novel's pace never relents: the supremely damaged characters that Guthrie conjures up are seldom let off the hook, and stew throughout in their fetid juices. Dark and splendid." The Guardian

"...a memorable and stunning and pitch-perfect debut and one you should grab forthwith. I can't remember a first novel this good in a long, long time." Mystery Scene

About the author:

Allan Guthrie is an award-winning Scottish crime writer. His debut novel, TWO-WAY SPLIT, was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger award and went on to win the Theakston's Crime Novel Of The Year. He is the author of four other novels: KISS HER GOODBYE (nominated for an Edgar), HARD MAN, SAVAGE NIGHT and SLAMMER and three novellas: KILL CLOCK , KILLING MUM and BYE BYE BABY, a Top Ten Kindle Bestseller. When he's not writing, he's a literary agent with Jenny Brown Associates.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0151012954
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Criminal-E (21 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L3KNOO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,304 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born in Orkney in 1965 and attended Kirkwall primary school, where my P5 teacher allowed me to write during art classes, given my woeful lack of talent for visual art. I was, however, not too bad a musician, playing piano and bassoon to a half-decent standard. I became a founder member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland when I was twelve, and was whisked off to music school in Manchester as a fourteen-year-old.

After leaving school, I attended university in Aberdeen, where my plan to support my studies by playing piano in a posh restaurant took a nosedive when I was sacked on my second night because my hair was too long. After a year, I left Aberdeen, degreeless, and moved to Edinburgh.

Having lots of spare time on my hands, I taught myself how to program computers and spent the following twelve years working in IT. It was good while it lasted, but I started to feel the pinch and found a part-time job in a bookshop, where I was so happy I would have worked for free. For a while, at least!

Before long, I was employed full-time in the book trade, and over the nine years that followed I worked in various jobs, from stockroom supervisor to IT trainer, moving between exotic locales such as Brussels, Cork and Stirling, before giving up my day job in 2006 to work as a writer, editor and literary agent.

I'd married in 2000 and it was my wife, Donna, who was instrumental in encouraging me to take my writing seriously. After being short-listed for the CWA Debut Dagger for a book called Blithe Psychopaths in 2001 (renamed Two-way Split for later release), I started to think she might have a point. Three years and hundreds of rejection slips later, I wasn't so sure!

Eventually Two-way Split and Kiss Her Goodbye were picked up (within weeks of one another, oddly enough) by two independent presses in the United States. In 2006 Kiss Her Goodbye was nominated for an MWA Edgar Award, an Anthony Award and a Mystery Ink Gumshoe Award. Two-Way Split went on to win the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year in 2007.

Since then I've published another three novels, most recently, Slammer, which describes the descent into hell of a young prison officer. I've also published three novellas, including Bye Bye Baby, a police thriller, initially published as an ebook original, and going on to become a Kindle top ten bestseller.

In November 2011 I co-founded Blasted Heath, a digital-only publisher, launching with original novels by Anthony Neil Smith, Ray Banks, Douglas Lindsay, Brian Pendreigh and Gary Carson.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another disturbing but cracking read 30 Sep 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm glad I finished it in the evening rather than saving it for the start of my Friday off. To end one day in a contemplative mood feeling sombre is better than to begin the next feeling sombre before even getting out of bed. I think so anyway.

That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy reading Slammer. Far from it. In the usual books I read, a crime is committed at the start and is solved at the end by a crumpled hero and that's it; the world is put to rights again and we can all rest easy. I am almost complacent as I switch off the light, the next book already lined up, the one just read not dwelling long enough in the mind to cause a problem.

Mr. Guthrie doesn't do flowery stories about crime, featuring characters with straightforward lives touched by misfortune. There are no 'goodies' or 'baddies'. Slammer is the third of his books I have read. With this, like the others, I felt uncomfortable when I finished reading, once again shown the frailties of human nature. Nick Glass is introduced to us as a nervous, young man with a family to provide for - something he did not choose but made the best of - which is why he became a prison warden. Like many of us, he turns up at work each day and goes through the motions until it's time to return home, only to repeat the same routine again the next day.

I don't think I liked poor Nick much even before his troubles began. He doesn't get any more appealing as the book goes on but I was dragged along through the shadows, until it was too late; there was no escape. I watched with dismay wondering how things could get so out of control. Nick was conquered by his demons and so was I, the reader, in a way. It was with grisly fascination that I followed Nick along his path to self destruction.

It's a very sad, disturbing book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 26 Sep 2011
By JanLuke
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Slammer takes you on a dark journey that you know is not going to end well. From the first page I cared about Nick Glass, wanted him to do well, do right by his family and have a happy life. Allan Guthrie doesn't do "happy ever after". What he does very well is the capture the hope and naivety of the new boy setting out on a fresh career only to be shattered as reality hits and hits hard. Some nights I was almost reticent to read the next chapter not wanting to know what was in store for him as if by not reading our hero would stay where he was and his life might not spiral ever downwards but I had to know.

Allan Guthrie's Edinburgh feels ever so slightly like a caricature of the real city with certain aspects exaggerated along with some areas of the plot s. Think along the lines of the London in lock stock and two smoking barrels and you'll not be far off.

I look forward to the next Guthrie being available on the kindle
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing tale. 6 Sep 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very dark intense psychological thriller telling the story of Nick Glass. He is in his early twenties, married with a young child to support and he has been working as a Prison Officer in a high security jail for only six weeks.

Vulnerable and insecure, he is subjected to pressure from both inmates and colleagues. Threats are made against his wife and daughter and the stress builds to boiling point.

I've previously enjoyed Allan Guthrie's work and I can certainly commend his writing style. He expertly takes readers on a dark, rollercoaster ride, skillfully drawing you into the disturbed minds of his characters; his stories are definitely not for the faint hearted - there are quite a number of gut churning moments, particularly in 'Slammer'.

Allan has picked up on much of the darker side of life encountered in hard-core institutions and throws complex psychosis into the mix. Overall, this results in giving readers a mind-blowing experience.

To find out more you will have to read it yourself - I highly recommend it to all lovers of noir!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 12 Aug 2012
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Started as hard work, I found the start very confusing, not really sure who the characters were, it seemed a bit all other place, wasn't sure who was a screw and who was a con.
After a while I settled down and started to get to grips with who was who.

The book takes you on a journey that could so easily happen if you were of a weak mind in a place where the survive of the toughest is an every day thing.

It's a book that you want to finish quickly to see what the outcome is, I really enjoyed the read and am so glad I didn't make the mistake of not finishing it after what i thought was a shaky start which I think it was probably me not concentrating after reading books for so long that have been far fetched that my brain couldn't engage in something that did evolve SAS type characters The Sacred Sword (Ben Hope 7) that are indestructible.

Well worth a read, be prepared to go on a dark journey which includes some clever dark humour
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stole the forward 26 April 2012
By EllieP
Format:Kindle Edition
Guthrie creates a twisting labyrinth of a book that offers all his signature blood-racing energy, but with a deepening emotional heft that, by the end, leaves the reader breathless. His main character - his richest yet - sinks us down with him, and the results are both shocking and utterly heart-rending.Couldnt say it better myself !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A good read at a great price, ideal for my kindle, easy to buy and delivered instantly to my kindle, what's not to like!
Published 6 months ago by Westendboy
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a belter
Nick Glass is a prison guard. No one likes him, prisoners and colleagues alike. Even his wife isn't a big fan. Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. Nixon
4.0 out of 5 stars Addictive as Cocaine
Slammer is a dark tale set around a prison,with the main character Nick Glass being manipulated by the prisoners to serve them at their beck and call. Read more
Published 13 months ago by deano c
5.0 out of 5 stars You could grit the roads in winter with this one
I read this book so late into a Friday night that my eyes started to burn. I didn't want to stop reading. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Seth Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
This story is really in the three stages of a prison officer's life. He starts as a young man with scruples and ambition, but is dragged into helping some prisoners through... Read more
Published 15 months ago by meand66
1.0 out of 5 stars I did not order this item
I did not order this book. I have, however, given it a try but found it too dark and sinister for me. I'll not finish it.
Published 18 months ago by Gillian
4.0 out of 5 stars slammer
at present I don't want to finish this book. It is the only book that has ever made me feel so sad for a character. Read more
Published 19 months ago by wiganjean
3.0 out of 5 stars Slammer
Weird, I wonder what state the writers mind was in when he wrote this. A story that starts bad and then keeps getting worse,
Published 21 months ago by davyung
2.0 out of 5 stars Beg to differ.
Unlike the majority of other reviewers, I found this book a chore which took me 3 attempts to get through. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Big Momma
4.0 out of 5 stars Let it get going....
Was a poor start and nearly gave up, but then it seemed to get going but then it all spiraled out of control, but a little bit too far , think it did get a bit confusing as the... Read more
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