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Glister - John Burnside
Glister
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The children of Innertown exist in a state of suspended terror. Every year or so, a boy from their school disappears, vanishing into the wasteland of the old chemical plant. Nobody knows where these boys go, or whether they are alive or dead, and without evidence the authorities claim they are... show more
The children of Innertown exist in a state of suspended terror. Every year or so, a boy from their school disappears, vanishing into the wasteland of the old chemical plant. Nobody knows where these boys go, or whether they are alive or dead, and without evidence the authorities claim they are simply runaways. The town policeman, Morrison knows otherwise. He was involved in the cover-up of one boy's murder, and he believes all the boys have been killed. Though he is seriously compromised, he would still like to find out the killer's identity. The local children also want to know and, in their fear and frustration, they turn on Rivers, a sad fantasist and suspected paedophile living alone at the edge of the wasteland.Trapped and frightened, one of the boys, Leonard, tries to escape, taking refuge in the poisoned ruins of the old plant; there he finds another boy, who might be the missing Liam and might be a figment of his imagination. With his help, Leonard comes to understand the policeman's involvement, and exacts the necessary revenge - before following Liam into the Glister: possibly a disused chemical weapons facility, possibly a passage to the outer world. A terrifying exploration of loss and the violence that pools under the surface of the everyday, "Glister" is an exquisitely written, darkly imagined novel by one of our greatest contemporary writers.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780224080743 (0224080741)
ASIN: 0224080741
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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bookshelves: published-2008, one-penny-wonder, hardback, autumn-2013, lit-richer, bullies, boo-scary, plague-disease, tbr-busting-2013 Read from September 18 to October 22, 2013 Perth.Opening: Where I am now, I can hear the gulls.Probably one of the most terrifying books I have ever read and no...
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Perth.Opening: Where I am now, I can hear the gulls.CR Glister4* A Summer of Drowning4* The Devil's Footprints
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