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Book Review: Quicksand by Steve Toltz

Quicksand by Steve Toltz (Sceptre/Hodder, £17.99)Fic2

The second novel by Man Booker shortlisted author Steve Toltz returns to the subject of outsiders, this time in the form of two friends: Liam, a failed novelist who gives up his artistic ambitions and becomes a policeman, and Aldo, a failed entrepreneur with implausibly bad luck.

Aldo is riddled with debt, wrongly accused of rape (twice) and murder and after becoming a paraplegic is confined to a wheelchair. He is “always the wrong guy with the wrong outfit saying the wrong thing in the wrong tone…

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