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on 4 March 2004
Once again Campbell Armstrong hits all the high voltage shocks, delighting his fans with tantalizing mysteries, plot twists that will keep you riveted, plus revelations that are double-edged and razorsharp! This writer's deft skill never fails to capture the reader's imagination with sly wit, characters with hypnotic appeal, and his trademark elegant prose - quick paced flurries of violent action and moments of terrifying stillness, all seamlessly interwoven.
WHITE RAGE is all the more chilling, more suspenseful and so frightening plausible, because these crimes, these hatreds, these dark secrets of people who slither and skulk throughout this tale inhabit our world: Xenophobia, race supremacy, and the ever present underworld mob bosses all combine to pull all light and peace from a city trying to revitalize itself into a safe, cosmpolitan center for all people. A young Indian kindergarten school teacher is shot point blank in the head in front of her terrified class, an Asian man is pushed off a balcony to his death by an nonchalant, coldhearted woman, who seethes underneath with revenge for past nightmares. And that just begins a frightening descent into terror for the people of Glasgow..
Thank heavens Detective Lou Perlman's back to sort it all out, including his own set of dark mysteries and secrets closer to his heart - if you haven't met Perlman yet, you'll find him in two previous Armstrong novels, THE BAD FIRE and THE LAST DARKNESS. Both also HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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on 4 March 2004
"White Rage" has the authentic feel of Glasgow, in its inimitable mix of muck and gloss. The new financial city rises from the old Victorian city centre, and the delicate balance of justice and corruption tips gently into the 21st century. Perleman has a nose for corruption, and a powerful hatred for it, especially when he finds it bubbling below the surface of police procedures. Campbell Armstrong has a nose for delicate balance too, as he probes the character of his hero, teasing out the strands of his public and private concerns. Armstrong is merciless in his depiction of human imperfection, but his charmingly imperfect detective is deeply committed to the search for what is right and just. Crime writing, perhaps alone among the current genres, can still offer characters who do that. The detective from Egypt sacrifices his own personal safety repeatedly in order to fathom the mystery, trying to analyse with discipline in the heart of chaos. Armstrong creates fascinating characters which any Glaswegian will recognise as absolutely valid, and he devises great puzzles, which have the reader glued to the book until the dramatic end. This series of stories should be televised. It beats "Taggart" and "Frost" into the playground, and shows us where the bad boys play. Unmissable! Give us more!
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on 9 March 2004
A good novelist writes good novels, but a great writer is also generous in his writing; he/she broadens the reader's horizons by sharing his own erudition and by gently persuading us to discover the deeper psychological meanings behind the actions of his characters.
Readers who have followed Det. Lou Perlman's career since he first appeared within the pages of the other Glasgow books, The Bad Fire and The Last Darkness and will feel compelled to read this one as a way of continuing their love affair with the charming, tortured, and enigmatic detective.
Mr. Armstrong combines clever plotting, a high level of complex, intrigue and characterization, sustained suspense and takes readers on a joyride with some fast paced action and plot twisters, enough to delight and satisfy anyone who loves not only great crime novels but intelligent,lyrical prose too. Treat yourself. More Perlman, please!
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on 3 September 2009
Racism is always a controversial topic and one that needs to be handled with care when used in fiction. Campbell Armstrong does just this in `White Rage', a book about a series of apparent race fuelled murders. We follow driven Detective Perlman as he investigates the murders, whilst also looking into the slaying of his brother some months earlier. The issue of race is paramount in the book, not only because of the victims, but also because Perlman mentions his Jewish roots constantly. Race is a more prominent issue in Glasgow due to sectarian violence, but I personally felt that Armstrong went over Perlman's background too much and that it impacted on the book negatively. I like to get to know a Detective over time, whilst Armstrong seemed to want to give you too much information about Perlman.

The best parts of the book did not follow Perlman's investigations, but the killers. These parts are well written and a little grim. They are believable in a way that the police sections are perhaps not. I liked the idea behind the book and the way that the crimes eventually panned out. Unfortunately, I felt that Armstrong made it a little confusing at times. It is an outdated concept in crime noir that you baffle a person till the end and then explain it all in one go. For me this is poor noir and what happens in `Rage', Armstrong muddies the waters so much that the core motives are lost and have to be explained separately at the end. This is a shame as the first half of the book is a thrilling and disturbing look into race hatred.
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on 22 February 2005
Armstrong's third Perlman book is the strongest one yet. This great character goes from strength to strength...he has more crime on his hands than he can deal with and a complicated lovelife with his sister-in-law...But he's tough and he's good-hearted and he's real, which is more than you can say about a lot of today's fictional cops. Go back to The Bad Fire and start there, to give yourself a grounding in Perlman's life, and then read The Last Darkness...and you'll be ready for the anger and terror of White Rage. Highly recommended
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on 7 February 2005
Armstrong's cop Lou Perlman returns again, thankfully!
He's one of the strongest most interesting fictional cops in the business, and far and away the best in Scotland. In this sharp well-written outing he's involved in an assortment of interlinked crimes - while he's still seeking the man who killed his brother in THE LAST DARKNESS, the previous book. Glasgow is just so beautifully depicted. Few writers can create an atmosphere like Armstrong, brooding, dark, sultry, gritty. Perlman goes from strength to strength, and the circle of characters around him is wondrously drawn. Top-drawer fiction!
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