With razor-sharp characterisation and an evocative sense of place, the novel's pace never relents: the supremely damaged characters that Guthrie conjures up are seldom let off the hook, and stew throughout in their fetid juices. Dark and splendid.
Maxim Jakubowski, The Guardian
Published by Polygon (UK) and PointBlank Press (US).
Available in all good bookstores and online now!
*** Winner of the 2007 Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year ***
A surreal ride on the coattails of a clinically psychotic ex-concert pianist turned armed robber who's stopped taking his meds.
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 and won the 2007 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year. TWO-WAY SPLIT is an explosive introduction to the raw talent of Allan Guthrie, one of crime fiction's hottest new writers.
Read a sample chapter.
First published by PointBlank Press, 2004