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Published by John Murray, 20 March 2014.
ISBN: 978-1-84854-651-6 (Hardback) 978-1-84854-661-5 (Trade paperback)
Louise Welsh has been an established crime writer for a number of
years, and according to one of her review quotes, she ‘straddles the shadowy
borderline between crime and literary fiction’. If that is intentional on her part, with A
Lovely Way to Burn she has settled firmly on the dark side; if not exactly
crime, it’s quite definitely a thriller. It’s action-packed from the very first
page, and the pace and tension level never let up.
body count is phenomenal, though that’s mainly down to the deadly virus
rampaging through every city in the world. A pandemic of holocaust proportions
ensures that the emergency services have their hands full: an ideal situation
for a murder clearly meant to look like natural causes.
Stevie Flint, former investigative journalist turned TV shopping channel
presenter, ploughs determinedly through a devastated London in search of the
truth about her surgeon boyfriend’s death, Welsh builds an all too vivid
picture of a city –a world, even –
flung into nightmare chaos by something beyond human control. Hospitals are
littered with bodies and overrun by rats. Quiet suburban streets have become
ghettos guarded by residents made aggressive by fear. Once gridlocked major
roads are deserted. And the army have been drafted in to transport lorryloads
of corpses to goodness knows where.
through it all the author threads a plot which plants doubt in the reader’s
mind about exactly how safe it is to trust the medical profession.
characters pass through, mainly on their way to a harrowing death by incurable
virus. It’s a pity they have to die, because Welsh knows how to make them live
on the page, whether they engage the reader’s sympathy or make us want to punch
them. By the end, of the people who start out, only Stevie is left, immune to
the virus, alone in a world that will never be the same.
A Lovely Way to Burn is the first in a trilogy.
an unputdownable thriller by an author at the top of her game. ‘Literary’
fiction can so often mean wordy, even pretentious; on this showing, Louise
Welsh’s work is a long way from either of those things. Her writing zips along;
her imagination creates a world that fascinates as it appals; her protagonist
is sparky, strong and makes you want to root for her. I can hardly wait for the
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
Louise Welsh was born in London
on 1February 1965. She studied
History at Glasgow
University and traded in
second-hand books for several years before publishing her first novel. She is
based in Glasgow, Scotland.
Lynne Patrick has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen,
and has enjoyed success with short stories, reviews and feature journalism, but
never, alas, with a novel. She crossed to the dark side to become a publisher
for a few years, and is proud to have launched several careers which are now
burgeoning. She lives on the edge of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with
books, about half of them crime fiction.