Slammer Hardcover – 1 Nov 2009
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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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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
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.Read more ›
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
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Real page Turner for first half but found it hard to stay focused once things get a bit crazy and have no idea what's happening!Published 6 months ago by mrs jennifer hope
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 on 17 Jun. 2014 by Westendboy
Nick Glass is a prison guard. No one likes him, prisoners and colleagues alike. Even his wife isn't a big fan. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2013 by K. Nixon
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 morePublished on 3 Nov. 2013 by deano c
I read this book so late into a Friday night that my eyes started to burn. I didn't want to stop reading. Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2013 by Seth Lynch
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 morePublished on 25 Sept. 2013 by meand66
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 on 28 Jun. 2013 by Gillian
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 morePublished on 28 May 2013 by Kindle Customer