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“Delivers both the erotic tingle and the frisson of revulsion some of us feel when exploring a decadent subculture. . . . One of the most exciting new writers in the genre: a gorgeous style . . . and genuine sympathy for the lost souls who have stumbled into an underworld of vice and can’t find their way home.” Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
The Bullet Trick
978-1-84195-917-7 • $13.00 • Paperback • July 2007
Crime Writers Association award winner Louise Welsh follows up her hit artworld noir The Cutting Room with a slick literary suspense thriller set among the decadent domains of contemporary Berlin, Glasgow, and London.
In 2003 Louise Welsh’s unique contemporary noir thriller, The Cutting Room, earned her multiple crime-writing awards, as well as praise from the Los Angeles Times (that compared it to the early work of Ian McEwan) and The New York Times Book Review (which called it “a knockout debut”). The Bullet Trick is the full-length follow-up suspense thriller for which her growing audience has been waiting.
Meet William Wilson, a foundering so-called mentalist, conjurer, and above alldespite frequently being the opening act for strippersa master performer. When his agent books him for a string of cabaret gigs in Berlin, he’s hoping his luck’s on the turn. There were certain spectators from his last show who he’d rather forget, like the one who offered him an easy job just before he turned into a corpse. Among the showgirls and grifters of Berlin’s scandalous underground, Wilson can forget his lonely heart, his muddled head, and, more important, his past. But secrets have a habit of catching up with William and as he gets in over his head with a certain brand of lucrative after-hours work, the line between what’s an act and what’s real starts to blur.
Bringing the seedy glamour of the burlesque scene magnificently to life, Louise Welsh’s deft contemporary tale is her richest and most macabre yet. A thundering thriller of Glasgow drinking dens, Soho clubs, and dark Berlin backstreets, The Bullet Trick is also an adults-only suspense, guaranteed to keep you guessing until its final explosive flourish. It also cements Louise Welsh’s reputation as one of the most exciting young thriller writers working today.