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Muscle Kindle Edition

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Muscle unfolds like a series of Russian Dolls, each more Beckettian, winding and wonderful than the one before. Compelling enough to read in one gulping go. (Daisy Johnson)

What a rare and accomplished debut this is - it teases out classic Noir riffs and set-ups but in a language sinuous enough, and with invention ripe enough, to make them feel new. (Kevin Barry)

A dazzling, muscular debut that is as gritty as it is absurd. Muscle manages to surprise at every turn. (Nikesh Shukla)

Alan Trotter's Muscle bowls me over. The language of it - the complete boldness and control. Trotter plays with genre with a deft dark humour, the result is a one of the best books I've read in ages. A striking debut from a fierce talent. (Jess Kidd)

A breathless, breakneck debut; a dizzying amalgam of exploded hard-boiled-isms, modernist acrobatics and hallucinatory sci-fi, propelled by relentlessly inventive prose. (David Keenan, author of THIS IS MEMORIAL DEVICE)

Muscle reads like a tragi-comic mash-up of Elmore Leonard and Samuel Beckett, with more than a dash of Tarantino for added zing. Trotter delights in the language of noir fiction . . . Trotter is undoubtedly a writer to watch. (Spectator)

If McMafia and Luther have got you in the mood for a bit of a dark crime caper, consider this your essential reading. Muscle, the debut by Alan Trotter, is pulp fiction made intelligent - subverting the genre with sci-fi and literary references aplenty . . . Bold, blackly comic and satisfying, this page-turner's sure got smarts. (Sunday Telegraph)

'Amid the violence and vendettas, it's the intricate, razor-sharp prose that really hits you . . . Reading Muscle is like being thwacked in the stomach by Marlon Brando after he has just recited the works of Milton from memory.' (Literary Review)

?'The absurdity of the premise is amplified through dashes of deadpan humour but also reined in by outbreaks of sudden, visceral brutality . . . the best thing about ??Muscle: Trotter's ability to make a sumptuous feast out of the pared-down, laconic language of pulp noir and hardboiled detective novels . . . Muscle is a rollicking good time . . . an impressive debut.' (Splice)

[An] impressive debut . . . part Raymond Chandler and part Italo Calvino . . . a kind of hard-boiled Vladimir and Estragon from Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot . . . All of this gives a patina of uncertainty and eeriness to the novel, a miasma that keeps unsettling the reader . . . There's a snap and snazziness about this kind of prose, which when tethered to serious ideas is extremely beguiling. (Stuart Kelly Scotland on Sunday)

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A mind-bending slice of pulp fiction, which takes a traditional noir story of detectives, toughs and femmes fatales and pushes it to the limits of our imagination.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (5 Feb. 2019)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07J9LLT8B
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,516 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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