- Paperback: 313 pages
- Publisher: Abacus; Paperback edition (8 Sept. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349105715
- ISBN-13: 978-0349105710
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.1 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Complicity (Abacus Paperback) Paperback – 8 Sep 1994
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A remarkable novel ... superbly crafted, funny and intelligent (FINANCIAL TIMES)
A stylishly executed and well produced study in fear loathing and victimisation which moves towards doom in measured steps (OBSERVER)
Compelling and sinister ... a very good thriller (GLASGOW HERALD ** 'Fast moving ... tightly plotted')
SUNDAY TIMES ('One of the most able, energetic and stimulating writers we have in the UK.')
Paperback reissue of a modern classic, Iain Banks' COMPLICITY, 'ingenious, daring and brilliant' - Guardian.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Complicity is probably Banks' most disturbing work... giving us a portrait of the everyman thrown into circumstances that go beyond the realms of mere explicitness, as the writer gives us one of his most wince-inducing modern-horrors, coupled with possibly his greatest character, that of self-proclaimed gonzo-journalist Cameron Colley. In Banks' world, Colley is a man fairly content to live his life in the fast-lane... cruising from one-story to the next on a tidal-wave of drugs, drink, video-games & adulterous sex. However, when a series of seemingly random, and increasingly graphic murders and assaults begin to occur throughout the politically-immoral England of the early-nineties, Cameron finds himself hot-on-the trail of an exceedingly stealthy and disturbed serial-killer who may, or may not, be closer than he thinks...Read more ›
I'll not give any of the plot away but safe to say it has the usual splashes of sardonic humour, great characterisation, whimsical anecdotes and extreme violence that you would associate with an Iain Banks book. Some readers might find the violence a bit excessive (one of my female friends admitted to reading through her fingers) but it is essential to the plot and as the victims were not exactly blameless people you kind of acquiesce to it and maybe that's the idea: it's not merely the complicity of the central character to the crimes, but also the tacit consent of the reader.
Anyway, give yourself a treat and give this very modest 310 page thriller a whirl. Guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, get your pulse going, make you squirm and, best of all, keep you guessing. If buying for another person, make sure he/she is a broad-minded sort.
Cameron Colley is a journalist based in Edinburgh. working for "The Caledonian". He has an eye for trouble, and enjoys using his articles to take pot-shots at the 'establishment' and big business. His past-times include alcohol, drugs and a computer game called "Despot" - one which sounds very similar to Civ II. Cameron's social circle seems quite small - there's William and Yvonne, a couple he met at university. The pair are married, though Cameron has no qualms about enjoying Yvonne (in as kinky a manner as possible) on a very regular basis. There's also Andy, who Cameron has known pretty much all his life. Andy has 'achievment' written all over his past - he was an officer in the Falklands War and was subsequently awarded the DSO. On leaving the army, he went into advertising - where he came up with the BIG campaigns for several global companies. After that, he then opened a chain of very successful shops, became obscenely rich...and then, strangely, dropped out. Andy is now living in a dilapidated old hotel (his own, naturally) in the Highlands - doing little other than drink and drugs, apparently..
Workwise, Cameron is quite possibly on the verge on something big : he has a mole feeding - "Mr Archer" - feeding him about five high-profile deaths within the nuclear and security services.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Started well but became way to wordy with irrelevant information half way through.May read another novel in the near future....Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
Iain Banks at his best. This was my holiday read this year and the story had more twists and turns than the Devon roads. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jackie glen
Great story , full of twists and turns. A good holiday read. Book was in excellent condition.Published 11 months ago by Mrs G