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3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,617 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
Welsh’s sizzling new novel, Crime, is a thrilling journey into the bright glamour of the Sunshine State and
a seething underworld of utter darkness.

Now bereft of both youth and ambition, Detective Inspector Ray Lennox is recovering from a mental breakdown induced by occupational stress and cocaine abuse, and a particularly horrifying child sex murder case back in Edinburgh
Paperback, 344 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Jonathan Cape (first published July 3rd 2008)
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Mark Todd (The New York Times)

A narrativa de “Crime” começa num voo para Miami com o detective escocês Ray Lennox a viajar com a sua namorada Trudi, em busca de uma férias retemperadoras na Flórida e a planear a festa do seu casamento.
Ray Lennox é um detective em “fuga” para tentar recuperar de um colapso mental induzido pelo stress, pelo consumo de cocaína e pelo abuso do álcool, fomentado por um caso de assassinato de crianças em Edimburgo.
Mas o sofrimento de Ray é ampliado pela luminosidade
Stephan van der Linde
May 12, 2011 Stephan van der Linde rated it it was ok
Ray Lennox, a character in one of my favourite novels 'Filth' is starring in Crime. Lennox is a cop, and is heading off to Miami to prepare his wedding.

Tired with his nagging-too posh girl, cold turkey from the booze, Ray is already bored in the plane.

Ray on antidepressiva, is soon starting to arguing with his to-be wife. He visits a friend to get some distraction. This friend asks him to visit a friend of his.

But here starts the trouble. "That friend" is an addict-prostitue with a 10 year old
Apr 08, 2013 Prakriti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was going through a breakup (which I had initiated) when I picked this book up. There was a lot of guilt inside me, a lot of anger at the girl, a continuous feeling of nausea, and an inability to understand why am I feeling like this.

Welsh's protagonist, Detective Inspector Ray Lennox showcases this extreme claustrophobia in a crazed stream of consciousness narrative. Sometimes like Marv (from Sin City). It does take some getting used to, but while I was reading it (I savored it for well over
Nov 07, 2008 Jaslo rated it did not like it
What a disappointment.
Seriously, I am upset.

It's not just the American setting...and the cynical, cruel, unfriendly gaze on American culture (which I could understand.) It's a claustrophobia in the story-- that makes me itch to escape and throw away the book. I felt like the writer wasn't having fun and I certaintly wasn't. I LOVE Irvine but this was not pleasant. It felt systematic, unfeeling and WEIRD.
His craft was in jumbles and tumbles. He switches point of view without cause- confusing me.
James Barker
Dec 18, 2014 James Barker rated it it was ok
Shelves: gb
Clearly 'Crime' was a bad choice as my first dip into Irvine Welsh's work. Characters, plot, writing style... all are poor. And he really needs to stay away from similes. His use of them was the crime that affected me the most.

Ian Mapp
Feb 02, 2009 Ian Mapp rated it really liked it
Does Welsh ever disappoint. I think the worst reviews I saw for him were for Filth (which I loved) and this is a follow on of sorts with Ray Lennox given a much bigger role in this, which is an attempt at genre fiction.

The thing that stands this book above other UK crime novels (and I include Rankin, Robinson, Harvey, James and Booth in this list) is the excellent characterisation.

Lennox is a man barely hanging it together. Unlike other leading crime fighters - the effects of dealing with a horr
Jul 29, 2015 JK rated it really liked it
This Irvine Welsh novel is just as gritty and harrowing as the rest of them. It's extremely dark, at times a lot darker than Welsh's other novels. It's also very obviously well-researched, tackling the difficult issue of child abuse.

I feel like Welsh has attempted to break a few boundaries with Crime. His novels are usually set in Scotland, particularly Edinburgh, but this time he takes us over to Miami, Florida, and unravels his story across the pond.

The characters are strikingly realistic, an
Mar 13, 2015 Muthulakshmi rated it really liked it
I can't write an honest review for this book without mentioning that this is by far the most disturbing work of literature I've ever read. Seriously, I read Guts by Palahniuk and didn't give a fuck.

Lolita explores pedophilia through the eyes of a man impossibly in love with a young girl. It talks volumes about love and how it can render you helpless to a point of self-destruction. But Crime is different. Crime is the one part of human nature that we all refuse to talk about. The part that is bu
Andy Mcgrath
Dec 07, 2013 Andy Mcgrath rated it liked it
Fairly predictable plot but very well told. Some good minor unexpected deviations in the plot and Welsh's style make it a worth while yarn.
Bryan Wood
Mar 27, 2014 Bryan Wood rated it liked it
This was the 2nd Irvine Welsh book that I had read which I thought was perfect being that it is the sudo-sequel to Irvine Welsh's Filth. I enjoyed this book but it wasn't what I was expecting. After reading Filth, I expected Crime to be, well... filthy. This book was PG-13 compared to Filth, which was shocking and somewhat disappointing due to my high expectations. But at the same time, I wasn't entirely sure how this book would compare to Filth. Reading Filth, you found out Ray Lennox (the main ...more
Dec 17, 2013 David rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
Irvine Welsh, known best for his druggy humour, scatological bent and the gruff pub vernacular of his characters, plays it amazingly straight and close to the vest here. So close and earnest, in fact, that you can hardly believe you’re reading Welsh.

Divested of his gnarled brogue and cleaving to genre boilerplate, however, Welsh can also be stultifyingly bland.

Police officer Ray Lennox (a character who makes an appearance in earlier novel Filth) is on mental health leave in Miami with his fianc
Jun 27, 2015 Logan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm fine with stories that hit just one note. But I think those stories should probably not go on for too long. And, for the first 125 or 150 pages or so of this 340 page book, I was engaged and involved. However, it dragged and dragged and it really never became something it hadn't already been on page one. I had kept reading, expecting there was going to be some kind of reveal/twist as to why it kept going on in the same fashion--that of disturbed cop disturbed by sex crimes against children b ...more
Carlos Da silva
Dec 21, 2015 Carlos Da silva rated it liked it
Podia ser bem melhor. Ele erra nos mesmos pontos em que errou nos outros romances policiais: ele se arrasta demais, faz um texto linear demais e não consegue focar na investigação toda. As 150 páginas do meio são quase iguais O Profissional.

Pelo lado positivo:
1- Ele pega o coadjuvante Ray Lennox (de Filth [que tem uma adaptação bem boa no cinema {com aquele cara que fez o Prof Xavier jovem}]) e explora os problemas que começaram a se desenvolver no outro livro. Os personagens evoluem bastante e
Sep 09, 2014 E.p. rated it really liked it
About 5 years ago, I picked up this book. At the time it was so boring that I couldn't read it. Ray Lennox, boring brutish troubled cop and annoying fiancé going on a trip together. Stupid. I shelved it for years.

Then, I picked it up again and was well rewarded.

Lennox, having developed demons from his own experiences and from his job of dealing with demons in others, needs relief. mental breakdown, wedding, job that he feels strongly compelled to do but can't. He's too invested in it all to be
Sep 16, 2014 Ray rated it liked it
Irvine Welsh is, of course, after all these years still most famous for Trainspotting. Even after a prolific career and further films, he might never live that down (or rather, live up to it). Yet one can tell the author doesn't wish to be a one-trick pony (or one-hit wonder, take your pick of metaphors).

Among his many subsequent novels include Filth -- also recently made into a film -- about a disgusting corrupt police officer. That is, a 'polis'. The novel is truly amazing. The film, well, let
Nov 20, 2014 Jordan rated it it was amazing
I actually. . . really, REALLY enjoyed this book. Ray Lennox is not quite the depraved piece of work his former mentor Robbo (see: Filth) was, which makes him infinitely more relatable. Welsh writes in such a way that I have pretty much devoured several of his books over the span of a month. I liked Filth quite a lot, regardless and even BECAUSE of the repugnant, amoral lead character, but Crime had something more. Ray Lennox has, underneath his troubled waters, a conscience and a moral compass ...more
Lindsay Huge
Feb 01, 2015 Lindsay Huge rated it really liked it
My second Welsh after Filth, read almost 15 years ago. I still want to read his seminal TrainSpotting. Crime was less severe than Filth, the central character, Edinburgh police detective Ray Lennox far more sympathetic than Robertson (the same "RobboCop" referenced briefly here) in Filth. The story is set in southern Florida, where Lennox is on leave from a devastating case in Scotland.
Welsh's observations on America are keen, the story is compelling, and the characters are good. Somewhat of a c
Fiona Van
Jun 03, 2010 Fiona Van rated it really liked it
I knew Irvine Walsh from Trainspotting, which I found fascinating but literally unreadable, although I admired, if disliked, the film.

I tried this book because, leafinng through it there was less violent, foul-mouthed dialogue and less vicious violence.
I didn't like the book, but I think it is well written, powerful and disturbing and that it lives up to the statement on the blurb that it is "A novel about the corruption and abuse of the human soul and the possibilties of redemption."

The hero, D
Nov 24, 2009 Ivona rated it really liked it
If you read it before sleep, you can lull yourself into nightmares....

In Crime, Irvine Welsh, returns as avenging angel of victims,and
as in "Fortune's Always Hiding" and "Marabou Stork's" ... plunges
into the depths of human nightmares. While in those two you will
never awaken from them, in "Crime" you just might...
This time , not everyone, from abuser and victim and victim seeking
revenge, descends unstoppably towards the dark and bitter ending,
beyond realization, salvation or redemption.
Jayne Charles
Aug 06, 2011 Jayne Charles rated it liked it
In this book, a sort of Rebus-meets-Lolita, Hearts-supporting copper Ray Lennox is on holiday in Florida with his fiancée. He is traumatised by a harrowing murder investigation and the sacking of George Burley (probably in that order) and is supposed to be relaxing. Instead he gets involved with some serious American low-lifes and sets out to prove that smashing paedophile rings is not incompatible with leaving rants on football message boards.

It’s intelligently written, serious as befits its s
Ci ho messo un po' a metabolizzarlo, perché in effetti il tema è pesante. La bambinetta (anzi, la bamboccina) di sì e no 10 anni che oggi al supermercato si atteggiava a starlette con le ghirlande natalizie al collo l'ho guardata in modo diverso dal solito: mi ha pure un po' preso male. Così come mi ha preso male leggere il libro in certi passaggi, anche se la lettura la merita. Sicuramente mi ha fatto venir voglia di non fare figlie femmine...

Allora, ricomincio da capo:
Non è il solito Welsh:
Oct 30, 2008 Jim rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes over-rated fiction
Recommended to Jim by: A mortal enemy
Truly dreadful! If you're expecting the brilliance of Trainspotting, forget it. It was more like a really bad parody of Ian Rankin.

DI Ray Lennox from Edinburgh goes on holiday to Miami with his fiancee Trudi. Lennox is emotionally shredded by his failure to save a young girl from a paedophile and, like most of Welsh's characters, Lennox is on the booze and drugs. Lennox fights with Trudi, who is intent on marriage. Eventually he gets involved with a young girl being menaced by paedophiles and h
Aaron Wilkinson
I didn't like Ray Lennox in "Filth" for being Robbo's lap dog and almost wrote him off as a toss. But a friend recommended "Crime" (by mentioning how walking through a tunnel on the way to work gives her pause ever since reading it) so I gave it a chance. Lucky for me or else I'd never met DI Raymond Lennox, dark knight errant. Sure, he's fucked with a chemical dependence, alcohol addiction and by memories of his last case (beautifully done through second person narration like a story within a s ...more
Jun 09, 2011 Jeruen rated it it was ok
Irvine Welsh impressed me once, so I thought he would do it again. But somehow, he didn't.

So a year ago, perhaps, I cannot remember, I read one of his novels, entitled The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs, and I liked that. And no, I haven't read Trainspotting before, but I am considering it.

So when I saw a new book by Irvine Welsh on the library shelf of newly acquired books, I picked this one up. Entitled Crime, this is a story about an Edinburgh police officer on holiday with his fiancee,
May 28, 2013 Sam rated it really liked it
'Crime' is the first Irvine Welsh book that actually made me feel uncomfortable. Perhaps that says more about me than it does his books (after all they are renowned for their brutality and general debauchery). Previous books tackled disturbing subject matters but never lost the sense that it was entertainment, designed to titillate as much as disgust. The subject matter of this book however is a bridge too far and Welsh, rightly, makes it clear that we are meant to derive no pleasure from this. ...more
Feb 17, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one really reminded me why I liked reading Welsh's books in the first place. My favorite of Welsh's novels manage to tie together multiple story lines with a fair level of suspense, which is exactly what happens here. Here, we find a Scottish detective on vacation in Miami coping with the memory of a particularly awful child predator case while coming to grips with his past and substance abuse problems. To top it off, he finds himself thrown into a new, similar "case" while on vacation. Dea ...more
Ubik 2.0
Dangerous Liaisons – in viaggio con la bambina

Un Welsh decisamente anomalo rispetto ai suoi classici edimburghesi: non solo perché la vicenda, pur avendo un protagonista originario della città scozzese, si svolge interamente in Florida, ma soprattutto perché Welsh affronta il genere thriller per la prima volta in carriera, che io sappia, e lo fa scegliendo il tema particolare dell’abuso sui minori, non semplice da gestire senza scadere nel truculento o nel mieloso.

“Crime” è anche un thriller ano
Aug 05, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, thriller
In this novel, the author of "Trainspotting" introduces us to Ray Lennox, a Scottish major crimes investigator who has just been through a particularly brutal child abduction/murder case and whose fiance, Trudi, has whisked him off to South Florida for vacation and wedding planning.

But things are not destined to go easily. Not only is Ray still depressed by his Scottish case and trying to drown it in alcohol and other drugs, but after one nasty fight, he ends up in a bar with two women who pull
Matt Waring
Definitely the most restrained Welsh that I have read, focussing a lot more on creating an emotional, thought provoking story, rather than the controversial, debauched description that I am used to from his work. It's an interesting change of pace from him, not least because of it's setting in Miami, rather than Welsh's hometown of Edinburgh, but the throwback references to the universe he has created, particularly of the events in the excellent 'Filth' were well done, and helped to submerge me ...more
Sep 16, 2011 Demetrelli rated it really liked it
So this was a change from the type of books I normally read and I can't say I regret it.
Initially I thought it'd be the typical cop-goes-on-holidays-and-stumbles-onto-horrible-crime and I might say I was rather disappointed since the main character, Ray Lenox, seemed follow the tormented lonely cop stereotype. As the story evolves though, it really delves into the deeper darker corners of the human (adult and childrens' alike) psyche, showing you surprising -and perhaps for some readers disturb
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