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Un poliziotto come Ray Lennox non è mai fuori servizio. Nemmeno quando è in vacanza a Miami e dovrebbe pensare solo a rilassarsi e a preparare il suo matrimonio con Trudi. Nonostante l'abbondante ricorso all'alcol e alla cocaina, Ray è molto diverso da Robbo, il "lercio" della polizia di Edimburgo e suo mentore di un tempo. Reduce da un raccapricciante caso di pedofilia e...more
Soft Cover, Narratori della Fenice, 377 pages
Published October 8th 2009 by Guanda (first published July 3rd 2008)
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Stephan van der Linde
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...more
Prakriti
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...more
Jaslo
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....more
Bryan Wood
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
Ian Mapp
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...more
David
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...more
E.p.
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...more
Andy Mcgrath
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.
Fiona Van
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...more
Ivona
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.
Crime...more
Jayne Charles
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...more
Chiaralletti
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:...more
Jim
Oct 30, 2008 Jim rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
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
Jeruen
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,...more
Sam
'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
Matt
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...more
Mark
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...more
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
Demetrelli
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...more
Sara
Oct 28, 2008 Sara rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the author, fans of crime novels
at this point, i will read anything irvine welsh puts out. he is consitantly amazing and i love what he does. that said, i was iffy when i heard about this. i knew i was going to read it regardless but it didn't sound like the kind of book i would enjoy.

honestly, it took me awhile to get into but when it sucked me in, i felt like i was right there.
'crime' was very much a crime novel and while that might be obvious to everyone else just from the title, it still surprised me how much the boundrie...more
Grace
3.5 stars

I wasn't too sure to begin with that I was going to finish the book or even like it. While the story is disturbing, it was well written. For me it was what I would call a slow burner, it took a while to get started and then got better the more you read.

I have read a couple of books by this author and haven't particularly enjoyed them but thought that I would give this a try and I'm glad I did. The main character Ray, was deeply flawed but was a good guy at heart. As you read on you real...more
Aaron
So it was not my favorite Welsh novel. However I would still rather read mediocre Welsh than almost any other author. Like all his other tales Crime was another page turner that I couldn't put down and devoured in only a few days. It had a different twist with even a bit of recovery thrown in to the mix of drug-fueled shenanigans. Unlike some of his other works I even liked some of the players in this great character study.
Travis Kendall
This was my first time reading Welsh and I have to say I was quite impressed. This is a highly disturbing and sometimes sickening novel, although given Welsh's reputation I was expecting it to be even more visceral. At its core this is a really engrossing, very well written and detailed story about redemption and the power of the human spirit to overcome even the darkest forces of (in)humanity. Welsh also does a great job, especially in the last 150 pages or so, of infusing the story with intens...more
Arow
I was really close to giving this 4 stars, I think I am hesitant as Welsh leaves a lot till the last 10% of the story and I just felt it was a bit rushed. I feel that he was writing along and then just decided he needed to wrap it up and didn't give it the thought that was required.

Loved the story though, read it every chance I got and was happy to lose myself in it. Which I did, even had trouble sleeping some nights.
Abner
Jul 28, 2011 Abner rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Abner by: Wikipedia
The story keeps you going from page 100 onwards. A wee bit shallow overall in terms of character psychological development. Almost an activist effort, and as such bad is bad, good is good, etc, and people have little room for giving you some glimpses on duality. Major turn-off (as it happens with most of Welsh's latest books): lack of humor.

Also, reading about this NONCE CONFERENCE for a long time is probably as tiresome as writing about them must be. The book eventually manages to talk about re...more
Jason Estrin
Another "hook in my mouth" Welsh book. His writing always grabs me immediately and I cannot seem to let go of it until I finish. I bought a 'not for resale' pre-edit edition from the glorious Strand Bookstore, which has saved me a fortune, as there always seems to be strange editions of great books for a fraction of the price....
THIS book, though, I believe is among my top 10. It is different from his other novels. He continues to rest on his tried and true blistering drug/junkie speak and convi...more
Patrick
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Kate Taylor
You wouldn't think this the book would be as enjoyable as it actually is, considering it's subject matter. Ray Lennox is an Edinburgh detective holidaying in Florida with his fiancee, signed off on stress leave after solving a horrific child murder. After arguing with his fiancee and strung out on anti-depressants, alcohol and cocaine, he finds himself rescuing a girl who is a victim of sexual abuse and driving her across the state in a bid to save her in the way that he couldn't save the victim...more
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