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Dark Side of the Moon
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A blackly comic heist novel set in Glasgow's famed underworld, reminiscent of early Christopher Brookmyre. Boddice, a crime lord looking over his shoulder for good reason, has assembled an unlikely band of misfit crooks. Their job is to steal a famous diamond worth millions, known as The Dark Side of the Moon. Despite the odds, the crew's self-serving squabbles and natural incompetence, the plan progresses. As events build to an explosive climax no one really knows who is playing who. Full of twists and turns and laugh-out-loud moments, this is a hugely enjoyable romp from entirely the criminal's point-of-view, with not a single cop in sight. 'Neds, drug dealers, gangsters, molls, jakes, crazy old bag ladies, racketeering, and the biggest jewel heist ever seen in the UK. Welcome to Glasgow. No Mean City meets The Italian Job in this hilarious comic noir debut, as the dark underbelly of the city's crimeland is spewed onto the page. With razor-sharp dialogue, superbly venal characters and a finely-tuned plot, The Dark Side of the Moon builds to an explosive firecracker of an ending.' Douglas Lindsay, author of The Legend of Barney Thomson and Song of the Dead 'Mix Irvine Welsh with Ocean's Eleven. Set in Glasgow and BANG! Dark Side of the Moon is a fun and thrilling read with moments that will have you reflecting on life, and moments when you will
be giving it LOLs. A boom-bastic read. Loved it.' Michael Malone, author of Beyond the Rage and Bad Samaritan
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        Scottish author Wood’s outstanding first novel focuses on a bumbling group of petty Glasgow criminals, who undertake the improbable theft of the Dark Side of the Moon, a rare purple diamond worth perhaps £30 million. The brains of the group is Norman Boddice, a man whose territory and reputation are eroding but who can count on a number of lackeys dependent on his goodwill. Each of them gets to tell part of the story. Davie Prentice is one of Boddice’s leg breakers, Gordon Kyle the other; Alistair Boag is a hanger-on who has some skill with electronics and explosives; identical twins Campbell and John Wilson are tattoo artists. Reluctantly, they all buy into Boddice’s grandiose plans for a spectacular theft from the store Trusdale and Needham, where the diamond will be on display for five weeks as part of the City of Jewellery festival. The entertaining journey includes some wonderfully funny interludes, some cruelty that rebounds unexpectedly, and clever surprises.

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        This splendid offering is tagged a caper novel, but watch out. Anyone expecting a romp, like Donald E. Westlake's Dortmunder novels, is in for a surprise. The thieves are a collection of maladroits, and the dialogue zings, as in Westlake and numerous other caper crafters, but there's also something much darker lurking below the immensely readable surface of this powerhouse of a novel. Glasgow crime boss Boddice is out to steal a diamond from its display, where it sits like a drop of blood on a dagger point. His crew includes a weary collector of drug money from assorted schemie-scum; an ex-con hoping to steal enough to escape his life on the streets; and twins who own a tattoo parlor but have trouble getting the words right in their creations ( Sex Stud becomes Sex Dud on a client's groin). Slapstick aside, things can turn vicious in a moment. An infant dies, or a man is killed with paint in a scene one would like to turn away from but can't. The revelations in the twisty finale are backdropped by a conflagration that is a magnificent piece of writing purely on its own. In all, a fiercely beautiful novel.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2017, American Library Association.)

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