...Guthrie's masterpiece to date ... cunning in design and flawless in the telling.
Published by Polygon (UK), March '09 and by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US), Nov '09.
Books by Allan Guthrie
"Guthrie writes with an urgency, energy, cynical realism and mastery of casual violence that is rarely encountered in British crime writing"
Young prison officer Nicholas Glass is finding the stresses of the job increasingly hard to handle. Bullied and abused by inmates and colleagues alike, every day is getting longer than the one before. When a group of cons use outside help to threaten his wife and daughter, Glass agrees to help them out with a ‘favour’. But, as their threats escalate, and one favour leads to another, Glass grows ever closer to breaking point.
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Andy Park passes out at the sight of blood, but he thinks he’s discovered a way to make his family’s enemies pay. He isn’t prepared for the fall-out, though. Before long, his teenage son is in mortal danger, and his daughter and her fiancé are knee-deep in corpses. Meanwhile, a masked man known only as Mr Smith is blackmailing Tommy Savage – for what, he has no idea. After an attempt to gain the upper hand has near-fatal results, Tommy and his brother find themselves heading to a graveyard with only a couple of swords and a bag of cash for company. Will they survive the night? Will anyone?
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The kill clock is ticking... Pearce's ex-girlfriend is back. She needs twenty grand before midnight. Or she's dead. She doesn't have the money. Nor does Pearce. And time's running out. Fast.
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BAD MEN (aka Hard Man)
"If this novel had emerged from a high school creative writing class its young author would now be under heavily guarded psychiatric care."
San Francisco Chronicle
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Kiss Her Goodbye
When people in Edinburgh want to borrow money, they go to Cooper. When they don’t pay it back, they get a visit from Joe Hope. But now Joe’s got problems of his own. His teenage daughter is found dead, an apparent suicide. Then the police arrest him for murder. But for once in his life, Joe’s innocent—and with help from Scotland’s hardest men (and one of Scotland’s hardest women), he sets out to find the person who framed him and deliver his own brutal brand of justice.
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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.
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