The Blade Artist
by Irvine Welsh
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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Jim Francis has finally found the ideal of life and is now unrecognizable even to himselfA successful painter and sculptor, he lives quietly with his wife, Melanie, and their two young daughters, in a tributary of California’s beach town.Some say it’s a fake and a crook, while others consider him a true visionaryBut Francis has a very dark past, with a different identity and a very different set of valuesWhen he crosses the Atlantic for his native Scotland for the funeral of one murdered son he hardly knows, his old Edinburgh community waits for him to take bloodthirsty revengeBut as he is confronted in his previous life, all friends and enemies – and, more worryingly, his old self – Francis seems to have other ideasWhen Melanie discovers something horrible, in California, that indicates that her past abusive husband might also be her present psychotic, things start to go very, very badly fast.The Artist’s Blade is an elegant, electrifying novel – ultra violent, but curiously redemptive and marks the return of one of the most infamous modern fiction, terrifying the characters, the arsonists Francis Begbie of Trainspotting
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