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VINE VOICEon 14 March 2017
Guthrie's pulp novel of murder and deceit amongst thieves is little more than a cliched plot dragged out too far. There's plenty of low life characters to take an instant dislike too, a rambling story that is actually based on the most predictable of storylines, and a violent finale that feels as if the whole book was built towards staging. At times it feels all over the place, which perhaps explains some of the Scooby Doo like plot explanations at the end as Guthrie attempts some sort of storyline tidy up as his characters knock seven bells out of one another. "A Virtual Classic" hails The Scotsman. Not even close.
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on 8 October 2016
Mr Guthrie can clearly write, but his characters are hideous and his plots are impossible to believe. His "hero" in this case is an impotent, psychopathic little hard man, who dropped out of university because he could make more money being an enforcer. His female characters are entirely two dimensional, although Tina, the "tart with a heart", has some potential. I would love to read his writing, if he can ever drag himself away from a fascination with violence and depravity. A thoroughly unpleasant read.
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on 29 April 2018
good quality and I must admit I have not heard of him but I enjoy scottish noir
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on 8 February 2013
I enjoyed this book. I especially liked the fact parts of it were set in Orkney which i know quite well.The storyline kept you guessing. This book had a feel of Martina Cole to it. Will definately try another of Allun Guhrie's books.
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on 28 May 2013
hard and a very good read. it would be worth reading again in years to come. also a very good price
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on 12 June 2015
Seemed to go on and on
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on 15 April 2014
I was recommended this as a good read and wasn't disappointed. Hope his other books are this good or even better.
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on 18 July 2014
a good read
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on 27 July 2012
Not gripping but exciting enough to keep your interest.
Not bad read.
Able to put down for days and pick up with no prob getting back into storyline.
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on 8 January 2011
I was hopeful of better when I bought this - I should know better than to be misled by comparisons with good authors. He's been compared with Stuart MacBride -- that is ludicrous -- the only thing the two have in common is their country of residence.

It's a bloody tale of violence with some stock characters and surprises that my dog could guess were coming. It reads like the author made it up as he went along. Not totally devoid of merit but not there yet.

Two stars as I think there might be an author in there somewhere but he's been done no favours by his publisher: a decent editor would have put him right before this got anywhere near print.
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