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Muscle

Alan Trotter

A mind-bending slice of pulp fiction, which takes a traditional noir story of detectives, toughs and femmes fatales and pushes it to the limits of our imagination.

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£8.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571352227
Date Published
03.09.2020
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Summary

In a hard-boiled city of crooks, grifts and rackets lurk a pair of toughs: Box and _____. They’re the kind of men capable of extracting apologies and reparations, of teaching you a chilling lesson. They seldom think twice, and ask very few questions.

Until one night over the poker table, they encounter a pulp writer with wild ideas and an unscrupulous private detective, leading them into what is either a classic mystery, a senseless maze of corpses, or an inextricable fever dream . . .

Drunk on cinematic and literary influence, Muscle is a slice of noir fiction in collapse, a ceaselessly imaginative story of violence, boredom and madness.

Critic Reviews

An unadulterated untraviolent delight.

Guardian
Critic Reviews

A remarkable, radical novel.

Herald
Critic Reviews

Essential reading.

Sunday Telegraph
Critic Reviews

Muscle reads like a tragi-comic mash-up of Elmore Leonard and Samuel Beckett, with more than a dash of Tarantino for added zing . . . Undoubtedly a writer to watch.

Andrew Taylor, Spectator
Critic Reviews

Amid the violence and vendettas, it’s the intricate, razor-sharp prose that really hits you.

Literary Review
Critic Reviews

Muscle unfolds like a series of Russian Dolls each more Beckettesque, winding and wonderful than the one before. Compelling enough to read it in one gulping go.

Daisy Johnson
AlanTrotter

Alan Trotter is a writer based in Edinburgh. Muscle, his debut novel, was awarded the inaugural Sceptre Prize for a novel-in-progress.His short fiction has appeared in Somesuch Stories, Under the Influence, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and elsewhere. In 2016 he collaborated with Editions at Play on the experimental digital story All This Rotting (‘mesmerising’ – Big Issue, ‘nauseating’ – Irish Times).…

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