A Case of Knives

By Candia McWilliam



A contemporary novel from the author of Debatable Land. An eminent, aloof heart surgeon is distraught when one of his male colleagues announces his intention to marry, thus ruining the surgeon's hopes of romance with his colleague, and he embarks on an exploitative experiment with severe consequences.

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Arch, flinty and gimlet-eyed, Candia McWilliam’s first novel situates itself in the Scottish tradition of doubles and fissures, justified sinners and unjustified saints. In this book, a gay heart surgeon grooms a woman to become the wife of the man he loves. McWilliam is exact and sly, surreptitious and precise, feline in circling actors, and with a ear perfectly attuned to the word “split”. -- Stuart Kelly