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In a hard-boiled city of crooks, grifts and rackets lurk a pair of toughs: Box and _____. They're the kind of men capable of extracting apologies and reparations, of teaching you a chilling lesson. They seldom think twice and ask very few questions.

Until one night over the poker table, they encounter a pulp writer with wild ideas and an unscrupulous private detective, leading them into what is either a classic mystery, a senseless maze of corpses or an inextricable fever dream....

Drunk on cinematic and literary influence, Muscle is a slice of noir fiction in collapse, a ceaselessly imaginative story of violence, boredom and madness.

In this novel the name of one of the main characters is given only as ‘_____’: this typographic eccentricity cannot be adequately replicated in an audiobook. As a result, for this production the necessary but contentious step has been taken to rechristen him 'Blank'.  

©2019 Alan Trotter (P)2019 Faber Audio

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  • 20-02-19

Pulp fiction.... with a twist

An odd book. The story swerves around from place to place, and I found it rather confusing. But the prose was wonderful, with some beautiful descriptions. The narration was wooden, and I was not sure why it was spoken in that fashion. I found it a bit offputting. An acquired taste perhaps?