By Irvine Welsh

Lloyd from Leith has a transfiguring ardour for the unhappily married Heather. jointly they discover the real nature of condo track and chemical romance. Will their passion fizzle and die or will it ignite and blaze like 1000 suns? Ecstasy follows them and others in the course of the backstreets of Edinburgh, stifling suburban sitting rooms and the intense lighting fixtures of London. Exhilarating and astonishing, this is often Welsh at his best possible.

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Before starting their climb they had coffee in a café on the square. The little woman behind the counter watched them with a curiosity they satisfied by asking for directions to the sanctuary. She spoke in a harsh, rather primitive dialect, showing bad teeth. They gathered she was suggesting they eat in a trat­ toria that belonged to her daughter where the cooking was good and the prices reasonable. They decided instead to climb up the path marked in their guidebook. The book promised a steep but pic­ turesque walk with dramatic views across the bay and the countryside inland.

The facts were dug up by a young and very enterprising reporter who a few months ago caused pandemonium when he wrote about corruption on the docks. Spino sticks to the main story, skipping the opening paragraph about the fight against crime, full of clichés. “A tragic gun battle took place last night in the working-class Arsenale district in an apartment on the top floor of an old block in Via Casedipinte. Acting on EEE 1 9 20 = a tip-off from a source which police are keeping strictly secret, five men of the Police Special Corps raided the apartment shortly after midnight.

Perhaps he mistook them for a mature married couple wanting advice, who knows, or for two inquisitive tour­ ists. He invited them to sit on a small couch in a bare room: there was a dark table, a small organ, a book­ case with glass doors. On the table, with a chestnut leaf to mark his place, was a book about destiny and the tarot. Then Spino said he had come about a man who had died, and the priest immediately understood and asked if they were relatives or friends of the man. Neither, he said.

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