Filth

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Vintage, 1999 - Cocaine abuse - 392 pages
331 Reviews
Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson wants to wind down to Christmas with a week of sex and drugs in Amsterdam. The last thing he needs is a messy murder to solve.
     With the festive season almost upon him, Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson is winding down at work and gearing up socially -- kicking off Christmas with a week of sex and drugs in Amsterdam. There are irritating flies in the ointment, though, including a missing wife, a nagging cocaine habit, a dramatic deterioration in his genital health, a string of increasingly demanding extra-marital affairs. The last thing he needs is a messy murder to solve. Still it will mean plenty of overtime, a chance to stitch up some colleagues and finally clinch the promotion he craves. But as Bruce spirals through the lower reaches of degradation and evil, he encounters opposition -- in the form of truth and ethical conscience -- from the most unexpected quarter of all: his anus. In Bruce Robertson, Welsh has created one of the most corrupt, misanthropic characters in contemporary fiction, and has written a dark, disturbing and very funny novel about sleaze, power, and the abuse of everything. At last, a novel that lives up to its name.

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This book is hard to read... - Goodreads
Brilliant story with a fantastic ending. - Goodreads
Welsh seems to like twists in his endings. - Goodreads
He's definitely got his own style of writing. - Goodreads
A great book, but the split layout was annoying. - Goodreads
It was hard to read sometimes yet I enjoy it very much. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jackie Gay - Goodreads

I was reluctant to finish this book. It is delightfully filthy, but after a while, it gets old. I complained on Twitter and the official movie account replied my tweet, telling me the ending was worth ... Read full review

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User Review  - Melanie Samay - Goodreads

I first read Irvine Welsh's Filth about five years ago and ignored all else but this book. I couldn't put it down; not sure why; the title says it all – it's filth. The main character, Detective ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Irvine Welsh lives in London. "Trainspotting," his first book, reached the last ten for the Booker Prize and has been made into a major film. He has also written The Acid House, a collection of stories published in 1994, Marabou Stork Nightmares and Ecstasy. He has also written the screenplay for the film of The Acid House.

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