May 1, 2007
May 1, 2007
This story of two men locked in a war of wills that threatens their very existence is vintage Irvine Welsh. Troubled restaurant inspector Danny Skinner is on a quest to find the mysterious father his mother will not identify. Unraveling this hidden information is the key to understanding the crippling compulsions that threaten to wreck his young life. His ensuing journey takes him from the festival city of Edinburgh to the foodie city of San Francisco. But the hard-drinking, womanizing Skinner has a strange nemesis in the form of mild-mannered fellow inspector Brian Kibby. It is Skinner's unfathomable, obsessive hatred of Kibby that takes over everything, threatening to destroy not only Skinner and his mission but also those he loves most dearly. When Kibby contracts a horrific, undiagnosable illness, Skinner understands that his destiny is inextricably bound to that of his hated rival, and he is faced with a terrible dilemma. Irvine Welsh's work is a transgressive parable about the great obsessions of our time: food, sex, and celebrity.
Two restaurant inspectors, rakish boozer Danny Skinner and nebbish neophyte Brian Kibby, discover, after much altercation, that they share a dark linked past. Irvine Welsh, known for his ribald hopped-up prose, doesn't disappoint on that score--the book is funny and crass--but he also allows for his sprawling novel to delve deeper into the complexities of the human psyche than his previous work.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Literary, Family + Friendship, Work + the Workplace, Types of Characters, Settings, Human Qualities + Behavior
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Irvine Welsh
- Online Item #: 11830871
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-25-8798
- ISBN: 9780393329667
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported