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Slammer Hardcover – 1 Nov 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (1 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0151012954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151012954
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,172,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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. Award nominations: CWA Debut Dagger, MWA Edgar Award, Mystery Ink Gumshoe Award and Anthony Award. Visit his website at www.allanguthrie.co.uk.


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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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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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By Rob S TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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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Shocked. Stunned. Numb. That's how you may feel after reading this Allan Guthrie novel. SLAMMER is by far the best thing produced by this author to date - and this is no mean feat given that his earlier work is also fantastic. This book simply gets into your head and starts to mess with it. The most disturbing thing is the way you find yourself identifying with the principal character. You nod to yourself in understanding over memories of his childhood behaviour and then watch in helpless horror as he quickly and easily descends into madness. Maybe he was always mad but it takes the current extreme situation to push him over the edge? Maybe the ease with which he slides into insanity, and the way you identify with him, indicate you are teetering on the edge yourself? Are you, in fact, only grasping onto the last dregs of your own sanity? The emotions churning inside you after finishing this book can be quite overwhelming. Caution is required. Once you start to read SLAMMER you can't put it down very easily.
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