Review: The Second Cut by Louise Welsh

Title: The Second Cut

Author: Louise Welsh

Pages: 372 Pages

Publisher: Canongate Books

The Blurb

Auctioneer Rilke has been trying to stay out of trouble, keeping his life more or less respectable. Business has been slow at Bowery Auctions, so when an old friend, Jojo, gives Rilke a tip-off for a house clearance, life seems to be looking up. The next day Jojo washes up dead.

Jojo liked Grindr hook-ups and recreational drugs – is that the reason the police won’t investigate? And if Rilke doesn’t find out what happened to Jojo, who will?

Thrilling and atmospheric, The Second Cut delves into the dark side of twenty-first century Glasgow. Twenty years on from his appearance in The Cutting Room, Rilke is still walking a moral tightrope between good and bad, saint and sinner.

The Review

I am so cross at myself for not knowing that The Second Cut by Louise Welsh is a sequel. I really enjoyed The Second Cut but really wish I had read The Cutting Room first. Not that you need to read The Cutting Room to enjoy The Second Cut. The characters are well drawn out and because it is 20 years later from the first book you don’t really feel like there is connecting threads of plot (I may think differently after I read The Cutting Room).

The story focuses on Rilke and how he manages to get himself entangled in the criminal underbelly of Glasgow and can’t seem to claw his way out of it. The death of a close friend Jojo leaves Rilke the unappealing task of getting rid of the accumulation of Jojo’s life. In doing so, Rilke discovers that Jojo was up to all sorts of dodgy things and it nis now up to Rilke to sort out a dead man’s life.

Funny in places, intense in others – The Second Cut is a must for fans of crime novels.

The Second Cut by Louise Welsh is available now.

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