by Iain Banks
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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Stewart Gilmour Returns to StonemouthAfter five years of exile, his presence is required at the funeral of Patriarch Joe Murston, and even if the last time Stu saw the Murstons he was running for his life, staying away could be even more dangerous than turning upside down.The town’s estuary north of Aberdeen, Stonemouth, is with five miles beach, can be beautiful, on a sunny day.On a dull one, it may seem to offer a little more than seafog, gangsters, cheap drugs and an irresistible suspension bridge for suicides.And, even though it is supposed to be a temporary truce between Stewart and the city of the greatest family crime, it is soon clear that only Stewart is to take this promise of peace seriously.Before long, Stu not back down in the minefield of his past and face his guilt and all that he lost him, discovering ever more darker storiesSoon his return home takes more lethal than the same as he had planned.Hard, funny, fast and touching, Stonemouth’s open cracks of adolescence, love, brotherhood and revenge, in a rite of passage novel not like the others
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