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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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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.

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An unadulterated untraviolent delight.

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A remarkable, radical novel.

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Essential reading.

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

Literary Review
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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