The Bullet Trick
William Wilson is a magician on the last leg of a faltering career when an old friend asks him to do a second-rate show in a London strip club. What happens during the show drags Wilson into the violent aftermath of a dusty missing person’s case.
The story is set in three cities ...more
Amongst the showgirls and tricksters of Berlin's scandalous underground William can abandon his heart, his head and, more importantly, his past. But secrets have a habit of catching up with him, and the line between the act and reality starts to blur.
Bringing the seedy glamour of the burlesque sce ...more
The story starts in present day Glasgow and travels back and forth in time to Berlin and London narrated by William Wilson, Mentalist and Illusionist, who was
the warm-up act for a whole trough of comedians...more
I'd put this somewhere on the up side of average. A bit slow in the beginning and not an author I'm going to race around looking for, though perhaps one I will read again. So it quite surprised me when I found her mentioned online as one of the big new names taking crime writing into the literary bit of mainstream fiction. I liked the plot and some of the characters (bit players better drawn than the major parts) but didn't think the writing was anything to get excited about.
Welsh wrote an ex ...more
Her first novel was The Cutting Room which won several awards, including the 2002 John Creasey Award, by the Crime Writers’ Association. Also, it was jointly awarded the 2002 First Book of the Year Award by the Saltire Society Scottish. Ms Welsh was granted a Rober ...more
SETTING: London, Berlin, Glasgow
The one thing that you can count on when you pick up a noir mystery book is that most of what happens in the book will be washed in darkness and fringed in black. Certainly, THE BULLET TRICK fits in that category. Although you might think that a book featuring a magician and conjurer would be somewhat light (you know, the rabbits in the hats and all that), BULLET most definitely doesn't ...more
Normally I love Louise Welsh's work, but somehow this one didn't hit the spot. Too much preamble and, to be honest, I really didn't care for the protagonist and therefore didn't care about his story. I really had to push myself through it. I kept thinking that 'just another chapter' would awaken my 'need to know', but somehow it didn't.
William Wilson is a conjuror and this is his story. It starts as he returns to Glasgow, but quickly jumps back to the start o ...more
The story is told in three timelines in three different places, all of which converge by the end. Although not a straightforward chronology, it never got confusing. Picking up the emotions of the setting was immediate and I never forgot where I was in any of the plots.
Two conclusions needed to be reached and the reader was constantly aware that they w ...more
However, I wasn't completely thrilled or rapt (however nicely described) by the novel for a couple of reasons. The story ...more
Last line from The Bullet Trick by Louise Welsh. I was slightly apprehensive about reading this after Naming the Bones but I think every author deserves a second chance. Anyway, I’m shallow and was drawn to the title and cover.
The Bullet Trick started promisingly with some interesting if depressing characters but like Naming the Bones, the story dragged and my attention wandered. We ...more
Fluently and well written, with no descriptive passages that felt overlong.
Unfortunately this feels like a retreading of much old ground in Glasgow, with the new locations of London and Berlin not being as fully realised and believable.
The main character of William Wilson is a pale version of the more complex Rilke from The Cutting Room.
I did enjoy the background of magic and illusions (which re ...more
Welsh created a believable main character, flawed, witty, at times dumb, at times resourceful. In short, likeable. I liked the way his conjuring expertise was woven into the plot in an inventive but realistic w ...more
I picked this up intending to just flick through, started reading and was hooked. I was about a third of the way through before I even realised I was still standing up. I finished the rest in a very comfy chair and certainly enjoyed this tale of a semi-failed magician and his entaglements with corrupt police, criminals, dangerous women and the Berlin night ...more
Historia interesante con su toque de magia (ilusionismo), gran ritmo y buenos personajes. La estructura narrativa, alternando escenarios y tiempos (pasado y presente) no resulta para nada confusa, lo cual habla bien de las dotes como escritora de Welsh. Una trama de género negro bastante cinematográfica, y que casi evoca a un detective clásico a lo Marlowe, sin ser esa la esencia de su protagonista.