Complicity

By Iain Banks

Synopsis

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

A few spliffs, a spot of mild S&M, phone through the copy for tomorrow's front page, catch up with the latest from your mystery source - could be big, could be very big - in fact, just a regular day at the office for free-wheeling, substance-abusing Cameron Colley, a fully paid-up Gonzo hack on an Edinburgh newspaper. The source is pretty thin, but Cameron senses a scoop and checks out a series of bizarre deaths from a few years ago - only to find that the police are checking out a series of bizarre deaths that are happening right now. And Cameron just might know more about it than he'd care to admit ...Involvement, connection, liability - Complicity is a stunting exploration of the morality of greed, corruption and violence, venturing fearlessly into the darker recesses of human purpose.

Review

Sex in Scottish novels rarely comes without dark complications. My teenage self remembers being shocked by a scene in which the protagonist, Cameron Colley, masturbates with a pair of women’s underpants, and even more so when revenge is taken against a High Court Judge with a particularly fearsome dildo. Not Mills and Boon. - Alan Bissett

Complicity always stands out for me as a gripping, dark and suspense-filled book that only [Banks] could have written. It was the first of his that I read, picking it up just after I’d finished university and was looking to open up my reading horizons. It did that. At the same time and in the same spirit of discovery, I also bought one of his science fiction novels, Consider Phlebas (authored as Iain M Banks) – it was overwhelmingly inventive and completely unlike anything else. They’re both incredible books yet so different. -- Will Mackie, Writer Development Manager