With the festive season almost upon him, Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson is winding down at work and gearing up socially - kicking off Christmas with a week of sex and drugs in Amsterdam.
There are irritating flies in the ointment, though, including a missing wife, a nagging cocaine habit, a dramatic deterioration in his genital health, a string of increasingly demanding extra-marital affairs.
The last thing he needs is a messy murder to solve. Still it will mean plenty of overtime, a chance to stitch up some colleagues and finally clinch the promotion he craves.
But as Bruce spirals through the lower reaches of degradation and evil, he encounters opposition - in the form of truth and ethical conscience - from the most unexpected quarter of all: his anus.
In Bruce Robertson, Welsh has created one of the most corrupt, misanthropic characters in contemporary fiction , and has written a dark, disturbing and very funny novel about sleaze, power, and the abuse of everything.
At last, a novel that lives up to its name.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/08/1999
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099591115
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Review by summonedbyfells
An unremitting tide of unpleasant drivel, chronic in it's want of story-telling balance and worth a single star for the accuracy of it's title alone. There is good advice from the main character early on, page 10 to be precise "... One of my mottoes aboot the job is: better you wasting some cunt else's time than some cunt wasting your time". A waste of time, yup.