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eBook Two-Way Split download ISBN: 1904598692
Author: guthrie-allan
Publisher: Polygon (2006)
Language: English
Pages: 224
ePub: 1710 kb
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Rating: 4.5
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Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery

He was born in Orkney, but has lived in Edinburgh for most of his adult life

He was born in Orkney, but has lived in Edinburgh for most of his adult life. His first novel, Two-Way Split, was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award, and it won the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award in 2007. His second novel, Kiss Her Goodbye, was nominated for an Edgar Award, an Anthony Award, and a Gumshoe Award. Guthrie is part of a literary circle that includes Ken Bruen, Reed Farrel Coleman, and Jason Starr.

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Robin Greaves is an armed robber whose professionalism is put to the. Allan Guthrie writes full throttled, bad tempered, and merciless pulp, but with a sense of humor although a remorselessly bleak one. A breathless sequence of betrayals, murder, stupidity, torture, insanity that has as its heart a simple caper gone very wrong story.

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If the bandage hadn't been in the way their noses would have been touching. Gray was shaking, his slight double chin quivering. He clutched Pearce's arm. "Don't call me stupid," Pearce said.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20. At least he could do this. He placed the knife over the first of Robin's marks. The blade sank into her stomach as he pressed down on the handle with both hands. If the bandage hadn't been in the way their noses would have been touching. Now, tell me his name before I lose my temper. Kennedy said, "The man who killed your mother got away with a lot of money. Still staring at Gray, Pearce said, "So?"

Robin Greaves is an armed robber whose professionalism is put to the test when he discovers his wife has been sleeping with a fellow gang member.

Robin Greaves is an armed robber whose professionalism is put to the test when he discovers his wife has been sleeping with a fellow gang member. Greaves plans the ultimate revenge, but things go from bad to worse when the gang bungles a post office robbery, leaving carnage in their wake. Suddenly they are stalked by the police, sleazy private eyes and a cold-blooded killer who may be the only one not looking for a cut of the money

Two-Way Split - Allan Guthrie. George Pelecanos, author of THE CUT. In the tradition of Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin, Allan Guthrie chronicles life in the underbelly of Edinburgh with dazzling grace.

Two-Way Split - Allan Guthrie. TWO-WAY SPLIT is a hard-edged, fast-paced noir thriller with outstanding dialogue and plenty of unforgettable bad guys. It’s Scottish crime fiction with a unique American hard-boiled twist. Jason Starr, author of THE PACK.

AUTHOR: Guthrie, Allan. TITLE: Two-way Split. Acceptable - Very well read. Allan Guthrie born in Orkney, but has lived in Edinburgh for most of his adult life. He is married to Donna. He has published several short stories in a variety of magazines and anthologies. His CWA Debut Dagger shortlisted novel, Two-way Split, was published by PointBlank in June 2004. Country of Publication.

Edinburgh, dead of winter Robin Greaves is an armed robber whose professionalism is put to the test when he discovers his wife has been sleeping with a fellow gang member. Robin plans the ultimate revenge, but things go from bad to worse when the gang bungles a post office robbery, leaving carnage in their wake. Suddenly they are stalked by the police, sleazy private eyes, and a cold-blooded killer who may be the only one not looking for a cut of the money. This lean and muscular crime caper with a seriously twisted dark side was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger in the UK. TWO-WAY SPLIT is an explosive introduction to the raw talent of Allan Guthrie, one of crime fiction's hottest new writers. "In the tradition of Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin, Allan Guthrie chronicles life in the underbelly of Edinburgh with dazzling grace. TWO-WAY SPLIT is a hard-edged, fast paced noir thriller with outstanding dialogue and plenty of unforgettable bad guys. It's Scottish crime fiction with a unique American hard-boiled twist." -Jason Starr, author of TWISTED CITY
Comments: (7)
Velan
Two-Way Split is an unapologetic genre piece that deliberately and effectively blends the rapid, intersecting plotting of Pulp Fiction with the amusing vulgarity of Irvine Welsh. At a little more than 200 pages, character development is understandably subdued. However, the motives of the different leads are clear and plausible amidst all the relentless, bloody action. If you are looking for noir-as-literature, such as Raymond Chandler, this is not the book for you, nor does it pretend to be that. If you are looking for layered and thoughtful escapist crime fiction, it's perfect. My fellow American readers should give Allan Guthrie a reading (as well as our cousins in Ireland, England and South Africa, particularly Roger Smith). Stateside, we've got way too much crime fiction written by guys in their 60s who make dated references to classic rock and wear acid-washed Levis and act tough because they did a little inner-city reporting in their 20s. Guthrie is not sporting acid-washed jeans; he's slipping wallets out of their back pockets and drinking away his spoils at a pub where every third person will punch you for making eye contact a moment too long.
Westened
Allan Guthrie's "Two-Way Split" is a neat little gem of noir - pulp crime fiction reminiscent of Elmore Leonard or James Ellroy. Set in the damp, cold, and dismal Edinburgh winter, it is the story of second-rate criminal Robin Greaves and his conniving wife Carol, who's having an affair with Eddie, Robin's Robin's friend and fellow gang member. But the naive Robin suspects mischief, and hires a comically sleazy private detective to get the goods on his wife. But when the trio botches an armed robbery at the local post office, all Hell breaks loose, and Robin's plans for revenge take a bloody, and increasingly more complex, detour. For what starts as a fairly straightforward cops-and-robbers caper spins into a byzantine maze of psychosis and paranoia, sweetened by tough-guy Pearce, the recently released ex-con who's now breaking legs for the resident Edinburgh loan shark. Fate crosses Robin's gang-who-couldn't-shoot-straight with the deadly Pearce's path, taking a few twists along the way to a storyline that unexpectedly unravels a few decades of sordid family history.

Guthrie's dialog is lean and crisp, setting a lively pace through chronological vignettes keeping the well-developed characters connected in space and time. Style wise, I was reminded of Jim Thompson's classic "The Getaway", though towards the end Guthrie's writing got a bit bogged down in trying to help the reader stay abreast with Robin and his whacked-out crew - you'll find that the loot isn't the only thing that's split in this twisted jewel of a story.

While this may be a notch below recent works from Duane Swierczynski, Charlie Huston, or Ken Bruen, it takes a creative spin down a well-traveled road, is highly entertaining, and well worth the time and money.
Mash
Guthrie's debut showcases fragmented moments of cruelty delivered in multi POV episodic-like crime noir. The detached from reality Robin Greaves changes perspective roles continually as the story evolves from dour husband seeking proof of a cheating spouse to armed robber with a questionable state of mind. While protagonist, Pearce, a hard man with a heart of gold and fist of full of steel delivers punchy dialog and action as he seeks retribution for harm done to a family member. Bit players and PI's Gray and Kennedy add a touch of sleuth to the slaughter with eyes firmly on a payday and balance out the craziness of brazen armed robbers Carol (Robin's wife) and Eddie (Robin's wife lover). All these characters converge on a central interlocking plot crafted to perfection with a surprising amount of time dedicated to each back-story and 15 minutes of fame. I liked the thought provoking initial interaction between Don and Robin which begs the question `Is he crazy? Or did I miss something?' - a detail not disclosed until the slippery red ending. All in all, `Two-Way Spilt' is a fast paced, well plotted slice of noir with memorable characters and violent scenes aplenty - 4 stars.
Dagdarad
Before I posted this review, I read those that were submitted earlier. I kept seeing the word "funny" in most of them. I found that interesting because I found nothing even remotely humorous about this book. I found it dark and, at times, very difficult to follow. Some parts were good, some weren't (hence 3 stars from me), but all that kept coming to me as I was reading it was that this was the film "Two Guns and a Smoking Barrel" without the humor. Maybe it's a British style of humor that I don't particularly enjoy, but for me, this was dark and pretty slow in places. The writing was OK and the plot had its moments, but all in all, I didn't find it an enjoyable read. Just OK for me.
crazy mashine
This is true noir, dark-natured and hopeless as it gets, but freshened by comic moments that caught me unaware and made me laugh out loud--even the second time I read it. Guthrie's knowledgeable painting of Edinburgh and clever take on human nature spice up the novel without slowing the pace. These characters are not the sanest or the most self-aware, but they're fascinating and quickly draw you into their world. As a hardcore noir reader from way back, I can tell you that this novel is a standout.