Two-way Split Paperback – 1 Jul 2007
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'Delectably nasty' --New York Post
'An amoral romp of a thing ... never less than compelling.' --The Herald
'A stone cold classic...the most exciting novel I've read since Ellroy put out White Jazz' --Bullet Magazine
About the Author
Allan Guthrie was born in Orkney and now lives in Edinburgh. He is married to Donna and he is a full-time writer. 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 www.allanguthrie.co.uk.
Top customer reviews
Although it has been out for awhile, it feels as fresh as if it was written only recently. With great characters, fantastic dialogue and an excellently crafted storytelling, 'Two-Way Split' will definitely not be the only Allan Guthrie novel I'll read. In fact I'm already looking for my next fix!
If you like your crime/thrillers well written and packed to the brim with action, I can't recommend this highly enough!
Allan Guthrie's storytelling grabs you by the balls and drags you to a dark and gritty Edinburgh, an unforgiving place that in reality is only a few streets away from pavement pipers and open top buses. An underbelly littered with massage parlours, loan sharks, drug dealers and illegal weapons. A place where for the price of a kindle you can buy most anything or get your legs broken.
The characters, without exception, are fully fleshed whole people who despite being in surreal situations never lose their believability. Pearce is a great character it would have been so easy to write him as a two dimensional Bruce Willis avenging angel type but instead we get a complicated violent man with a moral code albeit slightly twisted. He doesn't know where to buy a gun and when he does he needs to be shown how to use it. The PI making a hash of climbing the scaffold. This kind of realism gives the story some gravitas. More than once I was reminded of "The Wire" in the way violence and crime sat side by side with everyday life.
I bought Two-Way Split after reading Bye Bye Baby and Killing Mum, two novellas by the same author. If you want something a little different from the norm with a dark edge then Mr Guthrie is well worth a try.
Meanwhile, Pearce is fresh out of prison after doing ten years for murdering his sister's drug dealer and is working for a loan shark while living with his mother, Hilda, who works in a post office that Robin and his ex-cop partner are planing to rob.
And there's much, much more as Allan Guthrie brilliantly weaves all the convoluted strands of the story together in as wild, hilarious, brutal and touching an example of British crime fiction as you're likely to get.
Two-Way Split was- amazingly - Guthrie's first novel and was the 2007 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year. And you can certainly see why. Fantastic stuff.
I really liked the tone that Guthrie painted with `Two Way'. Pearce was the perfect protagonist for this cynical and dark crime thriller. The sections that follow the damaged murderer really work and although he has a twisted sense of morality to really support him. This cannot be said of the sections surrounding the mentally ill Greaves. He is a developed character, but unfortunately confusing. Guthrie is not quite able to balance Greaves' breakdown with a narrative structure. I was becoming increasingly confused towards the end of the book as I did not know who was talking to who.
Overall, it was a shame that the finale of `Two-Way Split' descended into confusion as the initial half showed real promise. Luckily for Guthrie the sections following Pearce were the highlights and make up some way for the more confusing elements. Pearce has gone on to appear in other books and I believe a mystery surrounding him will be a better novel and one that I look forward to reading.
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DIDNT HAVE ANY DEPTH. DEFINITELY NOT MY KIND OF BOOK.
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