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Glister by John Burnside
Glister is set in Innertown, where a defunct chemical plant has poisoned the environment and its populace. It's a place where the adults are lifeless or despised, but someone is murdering the children. Morrison is the local cop who is forced to cover up the murders, but he secretly creates a shrine to the victims. Leonard, a 15-year-old boy, leads a local gang, but he is perhaps the only person with enough vision and energy to appreciate Innertown and he sets out to find the serial killer. Yet in a town where life is apathetic, does anyone care? John Burnside's novel has received positive reviews with The Guardian saying, "Glister sits a million miles away from the mass-entertainment police procedural yarns that line the bookstore shelves, and is one of the most original and exhilarating reads of the year. Continually subverting reader expectations by changing point of view and thematic emphasis, this sophisticated tale becomes a deliberation on post-industrialisation, the nature of storytelling and the darker extremities of human psychological experience."