Using a tanning salon as a front, Edinburgh-based Carlos Morales runs an operation that arranges contract killings.
Slight snag: his hit man’s in jail and won’t be out for a while. So when an anonymous – and very generous – payment arrives on account, Carlos decides to take the job on himself. He’s a pro. It can’t be that hard. But once the ‘mark’ is revealed, Carlos is forced to re-think his plans.
This is no longer business – it’s personal – because the ‘mark’ is his mother…
“Blacker than a dog’s guts.” – Pulp Pusher
“Speedy, dialogue-driven and cleverly structured.” – Sunday Herald
“A dark, perfectly placed journey through psychoses, surreality and the twilight world of noir.” – Crime Scene Scotland
“Razor-sharp characterization and an evocative sense of place…dark and splendid” – the Guardian
“Guthrie writes with an urgency, energy, cynical realism and mastery of casual violence that is rarely encountered in British crime writing” – The Times
“Guthrie’s control of this dark material is sheer wizardry.” –
Allan Guthrie’s previous books include: Two-Way Split: Winner of Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year 2007; Hard Man: Shortlisted for Spinetingler Magazine award; Kiss Her Goodbye: Shortlisted for MWA Edgar,Gumshoe and Anthony awards. Allan lives in Edinburgh where he works as a literaryagent for Jenny Brown Associates.
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