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Savage Night by [Guthrie, Allan]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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A masterful exercise in pulp storytelling. --The List

A black comedy akin to the work of Christopher Brookmyre and Douglas Lindsay... If you have a robust sense of humour, you'll love this. --The Observer

The best noir writer in the country...easily the match for America s finest in the genre. --The Scotsman

About the Author

Allan Guthrie was born in Orkney and now lives in Edinburgh with his wife, Donna. He has published several short stories in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Allan is webmaster/editor of Noir Originals, commissioning editor for both Pulp Originals and PointBlank Press, and a literary agent. Visit his website at www.allanguthrie.co.uk.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0151013012
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Criminal-E (21 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006T5JCGS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #174,315 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was the first Guthrie novel I read and it's a terrific, dark, twisted tale with the bleak but laugh-out-loud humour of an Elizabethan revenge drama. Evidently Guthrie has rewritten and improved it for this Kindle edition, though I don't see how the original could be bettered. If you enjoy this gripping novel (and you will), then I highly recommend the linked novella 'Killing Mum' for dessert.
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Shakespearean in scope and theme, unrelenting, tragic, Savage Night is a powerful revenge tale, in which violence, fate, love, hate and even humor commingle like blood and wine, one barely distinguishable from the other.

Three modern day families are brought together in this crime novel about opportunity and murder, all of whom are part of Edinburgh's criminal underclass to a lesser or greater degree. Who they are, how they connect, and what they do--based on a lie, ironically--is the crux of Savage Night, which is both suspenseful and affecting. The Park Family includes father Andy, an arsonist; hiw wife, Liz, an attempted suicide; daughter Effie, who lives with boyfriend Martin; and sons Richie, a hit man, and teenage Grant, the only one with an actual job. But even criminals love their families and Andy is no exception. He is desperate to make things better for his brood, especially his beloved Liz. Belying his family name is the non-violent patriarch of the second family, Tommy Savage, who turned a minor criminal career into a legitimate business; his brother, Phil, the brawn to Tommy's brain; Tommy's sons, Fraser, a drug user, and Jordan, a clever ten year old. Tommy, who also has a mother and an ex-wife, is equally devoted to his family and will do anything to protect them. Then there are the Milnes: Martin, sensitive, likeable, and a good cook; his father Greg, an alcoholic abuser; and his mother, Jean, who has a history of madness and is Phil's former lover.

All of these people are damaged, some literally as well as figuratively. Thanks to author Guthrie's skillful characterization, they are also real, with real problems.
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Essentially this is tale of revenge and retribution amongst criminals, which certainly is not new, but the difference with this novel is that the various characters are all depicted as unenviable losers with nothing much going for them. There is no glorification of the violent lifestyle, nobody comes out ahead, and they are not going to become urban legends. Having said that, the book is very readable with convincing dialogue and some interesting quirks such as a violent psychopath who isn't keen on the sight of blood. I'll certainly try another from this author.
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A clevery written story of revenge gone wrong. The book opens with a bang and doesn't stop delivering jolts and surprises. Two families, the Parks and the Savages, are pitted against each other, each has a grudge to settle. Park senior is recently out of prison, his wife is brain damaged and needs constant care, so he needs money. The Savages are there to provide it, £50k to be precise. But the tables are turned and the Savages kidnap th boy sent to collect the cash, and he dies in the process. Unknown to them it's Park's son, he gains revenge in brutal fashion. But this is a story where nothing goes to plan.

This is a book that nededa concentration to read. There are multiple strands and flashbacks (preludes) to the murder that opens th book. But it's worth it, Guthrie winds up the tension and delivers piecemeal surprises. It's sharp, smart and gritty. Bloody brilliant.
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A shocker, hypnotically scary-funny. As the ultra-violent plot of Allan Guthrie's SAVAGE NIGHT powers along to regale us with a tangled case of feuding lower class families, plenty of butchery and missing body parts, we feel like indulging into some gross misbehavior: eg ever giggled during an eulogy? Ever laughed so hard you doubled over and fell off a church pew, and in doing so spit out a piece of a Kit Kat bar?

Don't get me wrong - SAVAGE NIGHT's gory, Edinburgh-based goings-on in the pulpiest tradition possible are far from including religion, or sweet treats. But this almost cheerfully blunt, carefree noir keeps feeding and teasing vague, aforementioned moments of unease, of an odd sense of guilt on the reader's side. How so?

Guthrie's multi-angle narrated story focuses on the Parks and the Savages, on filthy lucre, greed, family honor spun out of control, strange weapons, blackmailing and clueless people viewed through the prism of blood revenge. It makes sure to kick us hard in the shins. It also triggers our subconscious attempts to reverse unbearable plot details into some safety, normality - into something, anything that would weigh us down less, that would entitle us to laugh out loud by common moral standards.

But this outstanding novelist and publisher of ebooks ([...]), who has one of the most daring, experimental sensibilities at large in current noir writing, does not give us a break. Shock image after shock image looms up large, and equips SAVAGE NIGHT with a firm toehold on recognizable human bestiality. We have nowhere to hide, not even in our nightmares, and end up sickened, surprised, disgusted and grimly entertained at the vivid, sensory descriptions of physical torment.
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