Newly minted prison officer Nicholas Glass has fallen in with the wrong crowd at "The Hilton," a Scottish prison for violent offenders. The problem is, there's no right crowd. Bullied and abused by inmates and colleagues alike, Glass finds that each day is getting longer than the one before. When a group of cons use outside help to threaten his wife and daughter, he agrees to do them a 'favor'. But, as their threats escalate, and one favor leads to another, he grows ever closer to breaking point. And when Glass breaks, he shatters..."Slammer "is a mile-a-minute thriller shot through with Guthrie's unique blend of dark humor and ultra-violent mayhem. His previous books have been lauded as "gripping noir" ("Entertainment Weekly")" "and "character driven and exciting" ("Cleveland Plain Dealer").
- Hardback | 263 pages
- 157.48 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
- 18 Nov 2009
- HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
- Boston, MA, United States
Back cover copy
Praise for "Slammer""" "With each of his books, Allan Guthrie fashions a rich world of everyday folks who are hurled, or who hurl themselves, into circumstances of alarming brutality. The results are as terrifying as they are darkly humorous, as surprising as they are surprisingly moving. But with "Slammer," he raises the stakes even further, creating a twisting labyrinth of a book that offers all Guthrie's signature blood-racing energy, but with a deepening emotional heft that, by the end, leaves the reader breathless. His main character--his richest yet--sinks us down with him, and the results are both shocking and utterly heartrending."--Megan Abbott, author of "Bury Me Deep""" "Slammer succeeds in brilliantly turning the genre on its head in a book as inventive and groundbreaking as it is magnificently written."--"The Scotsman (UK)""" "Scottish writer Guthrie's prose is a series of short, sharp shocks, reeking of the visceral brutality of the toughest contemporary noir ... those who enjoy the darker side of the genre are in for some serious thrills with this, his fifth novel."--"The Guardian"