An Evening with Louise Welsh ‘The Second Cut’

the second cut

Thursday 17 February, 2022 at 7 pm

Waterstones, 153-157 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EW

Thrilling and atmospheric, The Second Cut delves into the dark side of twenty-first century Glasgow. Twenty years on from his appearance in The Cutting Room, Rilke is still walking a moral tightrope between good and bad, saint and sinner.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd

Twenty years after his first appearance in Welsh’s Glasgow-set cult hit The Cutting Room, auctioneer Rilke returns, this time finding himself the only one keen to investigate the dubious demise of his close friend.

Auctioneer Rilke has been trying to stay out of trouble, keeping his life more or less respectable. Business has been slow at Bowery Auctions, so when an old friend, Jojo, gives Rilke a tip-off for a house clearance, life seems to be looking up. The next day Jojo washes up dead.

Jojo liked Grindr hook-ups and recreational drugs – is that the reason the police won’t investigate? And if Rilke doesn’t find out what happened to Jojo, who will?

Media Reviews

‘I doubt I’ll read a better book this year. Dark, funny and humane, Louise Welsh tells the stories that nobody else dares’ – Val McDermid

‘One of the most enjoyable mysteries I’ve read this year, The Second Cut had me from the word go. Rilke’s world feels rife with possibilities for dark doings – and Welsh’s writing is fresh, funny, fearless and fun’ – Joseph Knox

‘Richly layered, gloriously carnal, bursting with patter and irresistibly seductive’ – Chris Brookmyre

‘Getting another look behind the curtain at Rilke’s world was a squalid thrill. Louise Welsh reclaims her crown as the queen of Glasgow’s grubby glamour’ – Kirstin Innes

‘If writing a sequel to a bona fide Scottish classic weighed heavily on Louise Welsh you’d never know. The Second Cut grips from the very opening pages. The Glasgow it portrays is seamy but humane, its cast of characters flawed but endearing. The whole thing is compelling, immersive and brimming with life. A great achievement’ – Graeme Macrae Burnet

‘Plunges the reader straight into Glasgow’s underbelly. This is hard-boiled Scottish crime writing at its best’ – Sara Sheridan

‘This return to the world of Rilke is a masterclass in engaging storytelling. Emotionally complex, and full of dark wit and deviant energy, this is a wonderful examination of the state of our culture today’ – Doug Johnstone

‘Brilliant’ – Alan Parks

‘Twenty years is a long time to wait for a ‘sequel’ but Louise Welsh has made the wait completely worthwhile. In Welsh’s writing, Rilke’s world remains recognisably queer – not sanitised, not tidied, not safe before the watershed – and all the better for it’ – Stella Duffy

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