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Corrupt policeman Bruce Robertson is in line for promotion and plays off all his friends and colleagues against each other to help achive his aim. Unfortunately, his past catches up with him. The murder he is supposed to be solving leads to his downfall.
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The review of this Book prepared by Alex Wolstenholme

Sodomy.Rape.Murder.Theft.Arrogance.Bigotry. All narrated with hysterical, repetitive cruelty by Detective Sargent Bruce Robertson. Quite possibly the most corupt character is modern literature. An alternative running commentary is splattered over the page(literally) by a worm in the protagonist's intestine. Its comentary growing as the book progresses, it is his memory, his conscience and his constant source of physical pain. Gradually the laughter fades, the adrenaline rises and Filth reveals itself to be a tragedy without ever resorting to pop-psychology. It is written entirely in the first person.
Arresting, preverse, provacative and brilliant.
The review of this Book prepared by Mostafa Hefny

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 40% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   20%    -   30% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Murder of certain profession?    -   diplomats Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, British Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   use of artificial tools    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female areas Unusual forms of death    -   crushed Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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