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Dead men's trousers. #5 / Irvine Welsh.

Welsh, Irvine, author. (Author). Welsh, Irvine. Companion to: Trainspotting. (Added Author).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library WEL (Text) 33500013017728 New Available -
Hallock Public Library WEL (Text) 35500006141517 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781612197555
  • ISBN: 1612197558
  • Physical Description: 419 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First American Edition.
  • Publisher: Brooklyn : Melville House, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note: "First published by Jonathan Cape in the United Kingdom in 2018."
Summary, etc.: The gang from Trainspotting have mostly cleaned up their act... until they are drawn back together to Scotland for one last scheme--a scheme one of them won't survive. It's an action-packed, hilarious and rollicking trip, as well as a moving elegy to the crew. Mark Renton is finally a success. He now makes significant money managing DJs, but the constant travel, airport lounges, soulless hotel rooms, and broken relationships have left him dissatisfied with life. Then he runs into his old partner in crime, Frank Begbie, from whom he'd been hiding for years. But the psychotic Begbie appears to have reinvented himself as a celebrated artist in Los Angeles, and doesn't seem interested in revenge. Meanwhile, back in Edinburgh, Sick Boy and Spud are intrigued to learn that their old friends are back in town, and concoct a new scheme for them all... Which is when things start to go horribly wrong. The four men, driven by their personal histories and addictions, circle each other, confused, angry, and desperate. One of these four will not survive... Which one is wearing Dead Men's Trousers? Fast and furious, scabrously funny, and weirdly moving, this is a spectacular return of the crew from Trainspotting.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 December #2
    *Starred Review* The latest—and last?—novel featuring the Trainspotting (1996) characters finds the mean-streets-of-Edinburgh crew middle-aged and mostly successful: Renton is a globetrotting DJ manager; Sick Boy runs an upscale escort service called Colleagues; and even psycho Begbie is now a popular artist going as "Jim Francis." Only sweet, simple Spud, the arguable conscience of this loose series, remains stuck in hard times. But the trappings of success are misleading, and what ensues is in some ways as manic as the group's previous adventures as Renton desperately tries to repay money he stole, Sick Boy's dosing of his brother-in-law's drink has epic consequences, and "Jim Francis" reveals something darker beneath his California cool. Raunchy, profane, violent, and frequently hilarious in its epic descriptions of drug and alcohol abuse, the continued saga is remarkable for the way it delivers the anarchic goods to Trainspotting fans while touching on the ultimate obsessions of middle age: death and the purpose of life. The zenith of these books may well be the powerful prequel, Skagboys (2012), and nothing will match the intensity with which Welsh announced himself, but Dead Men's Trousers delivers a strangely life-affirming dose of dark absurdity, ensuring that, if this is the last we see of these characters, they won't soon be forgotten. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Irvine Welsh was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the scene of his first book: the hugely successful Trainspotting. That book shot Welsh to fame, precipitated further by the release of the film version by Danny Boyle. Since then he has written eight other works of fiction, including Rave and The Blade Artist. He currently lives in the United States.

Subject: Drug addicts > Fiction.
Middle-aged men > Drug use > Fiction.
Male friendship > Fiction.
Reunions > Fiction.
Revenge > Fiction.
Edinburgh (Scotland) > Fiction.
Middle-aged men > Scotland > Edinburgh > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Revenge > Fiction.
Interpersonal relations > Fiction.
Edingurgh (Scotland) > Fiction. .
Drug addicts.
Male friendship.
Middle-aged men.
Scotland > Edinburgh.
Genre: Thrillers > Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Suspense fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction).

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