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Complicity

by Iain Banks

Simon & Schuster | October 29, 2002 | Trade Paperback

Complicity is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
COMPLICITY n. 1. the fact of being an accomplice, esp. in a criminal act

Local journalist Cameron Colley writes articles that are idealistic, from the viewpoint of the underdog. A twisted serial killer seems to have the same MO -- he commits brutal murders on behalf of the underdog. As the two stories begin to merge, Cameron finds himself inextricably and inexplicably implicated by the killer.

When the arms dealer whom Cameron plans to expose is found literally "disarmed" before Cameron can even put pen to paper and the brewery chief, loathed by Cameron, who sold out at the expense of his workers finds himself permanently unemployable, the police become convinced of Cameron''s guilt, as do half his friends and colleagues, forcing Cameron to employ all his investigative skills to find the real killer and his motive.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1 in

Published: October 29, 2002

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743200187

ISBN - 13: 9780743200189

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books I love "complicity" and consider it an amazing book - also one of my favourite books from Iain Banks. Human vulnerability versus social conscience. Interesting style of using 'you' as the killer, and flash-backs for retelling important story details. This story will shock you out of your system and force you to rethink the definition of good and bad, right and wrong.
Date published: 2008-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not for the faint of heart "Complicity" was the second book I have read by Ian Banks. The first, "The Crow Road" was a well written, funny and emotional tale of life, death and all things inbetween. Expecting more of the same I picked up this book and found something dark, sinister and frightening. It's a caustic concoction of sex, drugs, torture, and revenge that leaves you gagging at it's cruelty yet at the same time turning the page wanting more. As you read it you'll be disgusted and delighted at the same time. It's a twisted indulgence that doesn't leave you feeling guilty. Often compared to "American Psycho", author Ian Banks offers one thing "AP" doesn't ...brilliant character development. Read this book, by all means, read it!
Date published: 2000-04-08

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Complicity

by Iain Banks

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1 in

Published: October 29, 2002

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743200187

ISBN - 13: 9780743200189

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from Chapter 1: Independent Deterrent You hear the car after an hour and a half. During that time you''ve been here in the darkness, sitting on the small telephone seat near the front door, waiting. You only moved once, after half an hour, when you went back through to the kitchen to check on the maid. She was still there, eyes white in the half-darkness. There was a strange, sharp smell in the air and you thought of cats, though you know he doesn''t have cats. Then you realised the maid had pissed herself. You felt a moment of disgust, and then a little guilt. She whimpered behind the black masking-tape when you approached. You tested the tape securing her to the little kitchen chair, and the rope holding it against the still-warm Aga. The tape looked just as you''d left it; either she hadn''t been struggling or she had but it had had no effect. The rope was good and taut. You glanced at the shaded windows, then shone your torch at her hands, taped to the rear legs of the chair. Her fingers looked all right; it was a little difficult to tell because of her dark olive Filipino skin, but you didn''t think you''d cut off her circulation. You looked at her feet, tiny in the low-heeled black slippers; they appeared healthy too. A drop of urine fell and joined a pool on the tiled floor beneath the chair. She was quivering with fear when you looked into her face. You knew you looked terrifying in the dark balaclava, but there was nothing you could do about that. You patted her shou
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Table of Contents

Contents

1 Independent Deterrent

2 Chill Filter

3 Despot

4 Injection

5 Naked Flame

6 Exocet Deck

7 Lux Europae

8 Friendly Fire

9 Growth

10 Carse of Speld

11 Slab

12 Basra Road

13 Sleep When I''m Dead

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COMPLICITY n. 1. the fact of being an accomplice, esp. in a criminal act

Local journalist Cameron Colley writes articles that are idealistic, from the viewpoint of the underdog. A twisted serial killer seems to have the same MO -- he commits brutal murders on behalf of the underdog. As the two stories begin to merge, Cameron finds himself inextricably and inexplicably implicated by the killer.

When the arms dealer whom Cameron plans to expose is found literally "disarmed" before Cameron can even put pen to paper and the brewery chief, loathed by Cameron, who sold out at the expense of his workers finds himself permanently unemployable, the police become convinced of Cameron''s guilt, as do half his friends and colleagues, forcing Cameron to employ all his investigative skills to find the real killer and his motive.

About the Author

Iain Banks has been acclaimed as the most imaginative British novelist of his generation. Born in Scotland in 1954, Banks pursued a variety of careers before turning to writing. The child of a naval officer and a former professional ice skater, he studied English at Stirling University while working as a construction worker and gardener, among other jobs. After taking a degree, he hitchhiked throughout Europe and Morocco before spending a year as a testing technician for British Steel. Over the late 1970's and early '80s, Banks visited the United States, worked for IBM in Scotland and moved to London to stay with friends while writing his first novel. Banks's first novel The Wasp Factory (1984), concerns a sixteen-year-old serial killer. Praised for its imagination, dialogue and black humor, it was selected in a British poll as one of the top 100 novels of the century. Banks followed it with Walking on Glass (1985), which examines three obsessed people who meet in a menagerie of conspiracy and torture. The Bridge (1986) is about a man, unconscious after an accident, who travels through a complex dream world and ultimately must choose whether to return to reality. Banks' other novels include Complicity (1995), which explores the themes of murder and revenge in the context of a thriller; and A Song of Stone (1997), about a pair of aristocrats in the aftermath of a European war. Among his science fiction novels are Against a Dark Background (1993), Feersum Endjinn (1994) an
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review From the brilliant opening...that lands the reader smack in the middle of the first of a series of cold-blooded murders to the final confrontation on a weather-beaten wild island...Complicity is irresistibly compelling.
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