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Kiss Her Goodbye (Hard Case Crime (Mass Market Paperback)) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Allan Guthrie
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6. März 2005 Hard Case Crime (Mass Market Paperback) (Buch 8)
When people in the city want to borrow money, they go to Cooper. When they don’t pay it back, they get a visit from Joe Hope.

But now Joe’s got problems of his own. His teenage daughter is found dead, an apparent suicide. Then the police arrest him for murder.  But for once in his life, Joe’s innocent – and with help from his underworld associates, he sets out to find the person responsible for framing him and deliver his own brutal form of justice.

A powerful urban crime story set on the mean streets of Edinburgh, Kiss Her Goodbye marks Allan Guthrie’s emergence as a major new voice in thriller writing.
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  • Taschenbuch: 223 Seiten
  • Verlag: Hard Case Crime; Auflage: Reprint (6. März 2005)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0843953551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843953558
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,5 x 10,4 x 17 cm
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'Excellent' George Pelecanos 'Kiss Her Goodbye by Allan Guthrie - the best thing to come out of Scotland since Sean Connery.' Terror Tales 'A good solid slice of gritty urban noir' Bullet Magazine 'A masterpiece of noir' Benjamin Boulden, Adventure Fiction Magazine -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .


When people in Edinburgh need to borrow money, they go to Cooper. When they don't pay it back, they get a visit from Joe Hope. But now, Joe's got troubles of his own. His teenage daughter's been found dead, an apparent suicide. Then the police arrest him for murder. But, for once, Joe is innocent. With help from Scotland's hardest men - and one woman - he sets out to discover who has framed him and to deliver his own brutal brand of justice. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .


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Eine Regel für Schriftsteller lautet: Schreibe über Dinge, die Du kennst! Also hat der Schottische Autor Allan Guthrie als Schauplatz für seinen Beitrag zur amerikanischen Taschenbuchreihe Hard Case Crime, den hier erstmals erschienenen Roman "Kiss Her Goodbye", Edinburgh gewählt. Hauptfigur ist der Geldeintreiber Joe Hope, welcher für den Kredithai Cooper arbeitet. Als seine Tochter tot aufgefunden wird, erscheint es zunächst wie ein Selbstmord. Doch dann gerät er selbst fälschlich unter Mordverdacht und wird von der Polizei verhaftet. Also macht sich Joe zusammen mit zwei knallharten Freunden auf die Suche nach dem wahren Täter, um ihn seiner ganz persönlichen Gerechtigkeit zuzuführen. Ein hoch spannender, düsterer, Action geladener hardboiled Krimi, der in einem brutalen Showdown endet. Leider bisher nur im Englischen Original erhältlich. Man kann nur wünschen, daß irgendein Deutscher Verlag, die gesamte Hard-Case-Crime-Reihe übernimmt!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It's always noir in Guthrie land 5. September 2011
As a reviewer, once in a while I dream at night that I am on the witness stand and somebody is asking 'Are you NOW or have you ever BEEN a member of the trashing-second-novels club!?'


It's true, many writers knock it out of the ballpark on their second try, and as a result everyone's patience is sorely tested. To avoid all this, Guthrie was judicious enough to make KISS HER GOODBYE yet another altogether extraordinary, lullaby-free Noir Classic. Again the total absence of all the word 'mercy' could possibly hold is a creepy stimulant in this book. As a payoff we get raw prose, hard-nosed dialogs and an overall post-human feeling just to prove the author's staying power in dark territory.

Like TWO-WAY SPLIT, KISS HER GOODBYE is set in the grim part of Edinburgh, where entropy rules and displaced evildoer run rampant. The reader is kept in a state of nervous imbalance: literally everybody appears more ore less wrecked in this underworld atmosphere, and street shrewdness does not help much to prevent bad stuff from happening.

The daring of this second novel is that it slows the breakneck pace of the debut, if only just a fraction. In parallel, the story enlarges the scope of visible and invisible injuries of its battered protagonists. Guthrie gets away with it by filtering big time desaster through bits of his central figures' past. Which makes the general idea of human goodness look as badly here as any made-up, faraway cardboard kingdom.

Throughout the book, the narrative remains tight and resists to linger - no image is held too long, nothing is overstated to clog the action.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Lame... 19. Oktober 2009
Von Shooter
Rather lame entry into the Hardcase Crime Series. Interesting setup about a bouncer, whose daughter commits suicide and wife gets murdered. But you see the ending coming very early on, the story never picks up pace and never changes direction. The characters, initially interesting, stay bland. I found myself losing all interest halfway through and only made it to the end hoping the thing would pick up steam. Never does. Skip this one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Kiss Her Goodbye" because she will die! 23. Februar 2005
Von Kevin Tipple - Veröffentlicht auf
For Joe Hope, life in Edinburgh, Scotland isn't easy. He does not particularly like violence but inflicting violence and pain on others is his life's work. Well known for his ability to wield a baseball bat with great effectiveness, Joe Hope does his work on behalf of Cooper. When folks can't or won't pay back the money they owe, Cooper, who has been his friend and employer for years, has Joe help with the payment process. They will pay up-one way or the other.

In fact, the day Joe found out his only daughter, Gemma, was dead he was at Cooper's having just finished a session with a debtor. It was bad enough that Gemma apparently killed herself by overdosing on pills. What made it worse was the fact that Joe had trusted Adam Wright, a distant cousin as well as owner of some sort of writing colony near Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands to keep her safe. He failed and failed miserably. His daughter wanted to be a poet and now she was dead. Joe's wife, Ruth, had said all along this was bad idea and she had reason to hate Adam's guts. Now, she blames Joe in a series of violent heated arguments and Joe blames Adam. Now that she has died, Joe intends to follow through on his promise to Adam as Adam has a lot to answer for.

Before he can get to Adam, he is arrested for murder. Not in the death of his daughter, but for the murder of his wife. There is no doubt it was murder since she was found in the trunk of Joe's car at the airport and her body had clearly been beaten repeatedly with a baseball bat. As evidence against him mounts and Joe, with some help goes on the run, he must find a way not only to clear his name but to also bring justice to those who framed him so well.

This is a violent, intense story that spins a dark tale from the very first page. Violence is heavy theme, almost to the point of being a major character throughout the work. With very page, violence lashes out or sits coiled and ready to strike as Joe lives a nightmare. A nightmare that is skillfully depicted, as Joe seems to inch steadily closer to losing his mind, as he is overwhelmed with pain and rage. His suffering comes through in stark and vivid detail as the work steadily and engrossingly moves forward exploring the thin veneer of civility that covers us all. This intense well written mystery featuring a wide and deep cast of characters and a complex situation is a worthy offering in the noir field and well worth your time.

Book Facts:

Kiss Her Goodbye

By Allan Guthrie

Hard Case Crime

Published by Dorchester Publishing Co, Inc.



ISBN # 0-8439-5355-1

ARC-Scheduled Publication 03/07/05

This entire review previously appeared online at The Readersroom.

Kevin R. Tipple © 2005
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Intense, imaginative ... and Scottish! 12. Januar 2005
Von Craig Clarke - Veröffentlicht auf
I had always thought of noir fiction as being a purely American thing, inspired as it was by mid- and post-war disillusionment and the consequences thereafter. However, crime happens everywhere and, if nothing else, Trainspotting proved that the Scots can get just as nuts as Americans -- not that that's necessarily a good thing. Part of a recent trend so widespread it has its own name ("tartan noir"), Kiss Her Goodbye by Allan Guthrie is a portrait of the other side of the ocean, and shows just how similar the responses of humans are given specific circumstances.

Joe Hope is an enforcer (not unlike Nolan in Two for the Money); his friend Cooper loans people money and, if it is not collected, brings Joe with him -- and Joe's baseball bat, an odd accessory for Edinburgh -- to offer some incentive in the form of broken bones. (If more motivation is needed, hitman Park is at the ready.)

When word is received of the suicide of his daughter, Gemma, Joe immediately flies to visit her cousin Adam in Orkney, with whom she was staying, to deliver his particular brand of blame. Instead, he is greeted by the local police, there to arrest him for the murder of his own wife, Ruth (the evidence is circumstantial but damning).

Caught in a presumably impossible situation, and still in the process of grieving his losses, Joe then conspires -- along with his lawyer and hooker girlfriend, Tina -- to discover what really happened, and why someone would want to frame him. Meanwhile, Adam isn't being very helpful because he has Gemma's diary, which contains information that could ruin everything.

Guthrie (Two-Way Split) is a fiend with his pen, and he's not just "taking the piss," either (to quote his main character). Not content to follow a formulaic narrative flow, he keeps the suspense up throughout Kiss Her Goodbye, leaving the important answers for the final ten pages. And he doesn't waste time on closure: after a literal head-cracker of an ending and two pages of wrap-up, it's over.

Considering how Guthrie keeps us guessing throughout Kiss Her Goodbye, his ending isn't as inventive as it could have been; it's just a little too pat after the intensity and imagination of what came before. To be fair, though, it does arise organically from the characters' expected behaviors and, after being sent through the wringer for 200 pages, an easy ending is a bit of a relief.

Joe Hope is a fascinating character with some intriguing flaws (including one I never would have expected, although I suspect Freud would have a field day with it); in fact, all of the characters are fully realized -- except perhaps Ruth, but she is really more of a plot catalyst than a necessary character. Kiss Her Goodbye is a welcome addition to the Hard Case Crime canon -- and comes with another terrific cover from Chuck Pyle (Grifter's Game). It's got enough violence and pathos to satisfy even the most jaded crime reader, and it offers solid insight into the realization that everybody is crazy, no matter where you live.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Scottish Noir at its finest 12. Mai 2005
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Joe Hope, enforcer for Edinburgh money lender Cooper (no first name), prides himself on never having taken a life. With a baseball bat as his weapon of choice, he walks a fine line between inflicting pain and meting out death. Now, in close but seemingly unrelated incidents, Joe has lost two people in his life and finds himself the only suspect in a murder investigation. There to help discover the truth behind the murder (and who is trying to frame Joe) is his long-time "friend", Tina (a prostitute by trade), Ronald Brewer, a young, baby-faced lawyer, and Adam Wright, a relative of his wife and friend to his daughter. On the other side of the fence is DS Monkman, one of Orkney's finest.

Heavy on both characterization and plot, this second book by Allan Guthrie (Two-Way Split) is not for the squeamish. The subject matter is dark, with intense violence and gutter language. The climax, with a twist in the last few pages, however, makes this an outstanding read!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Harsh and nasty, but not much mystery 12. Februar 2006
Von Christopher Hivner - Veröffentlicht auf
Joe Hope is an enforcer for a loan shark in Edinburgh Scotland who finds out his daughter Gemma has committed suicide on the isle of Orkney. His immediate concern is to take out his anger on his wife's cousin who was supposed to be looking out for Gemma. But first he gets drunk and spends the night sleeping it off at his friend and employer's home. The next day he takes off for Orkney where he is promptly arrested for the murder of his wife. Turns out her body was found in the boot of his car, beaten to death with Joe's baseball bat. Joe's lawyer eventualy gets him released and he goes about unravelling the mystery of who is framing him for the murder and why his daughter killed herself.

This isn't a badly written book although it is unabashedly violent and the language is beyond salty. It isn't however that much of a mystery. You will figure out who is behind the murder fairly quickly. Then Joe himself reveals it with still about 80 or 90 pages to go. It is also hard to root for the main character of Joe Hope because there is nothing likable about him. There really isn't anything likable about any of the characters and their attitudes become overbearing after awhile. The thing that struck me the oddest is that for as hard and nasty of a story as "Kiss her Goodbye" was, the ending wraps everything up like a package with a big bow. It just didn't seem to fit the style of the book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen KISS HER GOODBYE by Allan Guthrie 22. Oktober 2008
Von Benjamin Boulden - Veröffentlicht auf
Noir is back. The new line of crime novels published by Hard Case Crime, a partnership between Charles Ardai, Max Phillips and Dorchester Publishing, has brought the 1950s style paperback original, complete with alluring, colorful cover art and stark, dark stories of the noir era back into the mainstream. Hard Case has published eight novels to date, four original, and four classic noir reprints.

The latest original novel, KISS HER GOODBYE, arrived in bookstores in early March. It is written by Scottish writer Allan Guthrie. It is Guthrie's second published novel--the first was TWO-WAY SPLIT--and you will not be disappointed. If you like your action swift, your violence fast, your women tough and your men hard, you will love KISS HER GOODBYE. It is pure noir. The description is short and blunt. The dialogue is crisp and the characters are, to put it simply, anything but heroic.

This gritty thriller is the story of Joe Hope. He is a collector for an Edinburgh loan shark named Cooper-Cooper also made a brief appearance in Guthrie's debut novel. Hope is a rudderless man who lives for nothing more than the thrill of collecting and a night spent at the pub, but all that changes in a flash when his daughter kills herself and his wife is murdered. It's an understatement to say Joe is angry, but he also finds himself as the prime suspect for the murder of his wife. He goes on the run to solve the puzzle; he has to figure out who he can trust, why his wife was killed, who set him up, and then how to get payback.

The prose is written with a rapid fire pace that keeps the story cruising along. It is quick, concise and brutal:

"Bile rose in his throat. He stood up and spewed all over the carpet. He doubled up. Folded to his knees. Puked once more. His guts hurt. His damaged ribs were throbbing again."

The sentences are short. The storyline is well constructed and executed with the precision of a craftsman. This is the new noir: tough, hard and fast as a bullet. The pace is unrelenting and the plotting strong.

KISS HER GOODBYE is not for the squeamish. The language is coarse. The story is violent. The characters are difficult to like, but it is a masterpiece of noir. It is dark, dreary and real. This one is better than Guthrie's first, and I'm betting his next will be better still.

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