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The Bullet Trick by Louise Welsh
The narrator in The Bullet Trick is William Wilson, a conjuror caught in the middle of something that's gone terribly wrong. While working in Glasgow, a club owner asked him to lift an envelope from a detective's pocket. Thinking it just a sleight of hand display, Wilson didn't immediately realize how important the contents of that envelope were. After moving to Berlin and taking a job in a cabaret, he becomes involved with the sexy and enigmatic American woman, Sylvie, who becomes his assistant. Her "uncle" tries to convince Wilson to perform a stunt called the bullet trick, which appears to go desperately wrong. He also finds the club owner was murdered and the corrupt detective is now looking for him. While comtemplating just drinking himself to death, Wilson tries to solve the mysteries of what really happened in both Glasgow and Berlin, before the events consume him. Louise Welsh's novel has received modest reviews with The Observer saying, "The Bullet Trick is a jolly romp, but perhaps best regarded as melodrama, rather like the cabaret acts it portrays."