“I love love love Trainspotting, and have been mildly disappointed with everything he's written since. This latest book is no exception, although it's better than some of his others.
In it he liberates the character of Raymond Lennox from the bowels of an earlier novel, Filth. Ray is on mental health leave from his job at the Scotland Yard after busting a child molester/serial killer and suffering a breakdown. He and his fiance Trudi take a trip to Miami to unwind and plan their wedding, but Ray continues to be haunted by the child he couldn't save in Scotland as well as an incidence from his own childhood. A fight with his fiance and a cocaine binge thrust him into a precarious situation in which he must protect an American child from a ring of sexual predators.
The plot is, sadly, rather predictable, and I'd have rather seen Welsh take the story in a different direction, or at least by an alternate route. The writing, however, is excellent, and that's why I've given the book four stars. I've always enjoyed his style, and I think it becomes better and better with every book he writes. The characters are well-rounded and believable; he does a particularly good job with the 10-year-old Tianna, who's a victim of molestation multiple times over.
Overall, a solid book from a talented author. Recommended. ”
Holly H wrote this review Sunday, October 12, 2008.