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An Irvine Welsh novel published in 2008, following the misadventures of Ray Lennox, a character previously seen in Filth.

Eight years after the death of his mentor Bruce Robertson and a promotion to Detective Inspector, Ray Lennox is on leave in Miami, Florida, following a harrowing case which he had become perhaps too invested in. Accompanied by his fiancee Trudi, the vacation intended for relaxation and wedding planning is anything but for the "polisman", whose anxiety and depression drive him toward excessive alcohol consumption and a relapse in his cocaine habit. Quickly growing estranged from his soon-to-be wife and throwing himself into the vices of the nightlife, he crosses paths with Hard-Drinking Party Girl Robyn and her 10-year old daughter, Tianna. The chance meeting reveals an insidious criminal plot, and catalyzes a quest of redemption for the traumatized policeman, as the details surrounding his most recent case, as well as the childhood events which led to his dedication to law enforcement, are slowly revealed.

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  • Anti-Climax: The hunt for "Mr. Confectioner" ends when he falls for a very simple trick exploiting Returning to the Scene. He's arrested without resistance or protest, smiling all the while.
  • Berserk Button: Pedophilia and sexual crimes against children for Ray. There's a reason for it.
  • Break the Haughty: Though Ray is easy prey for Mr. Confectioner's self-aggrandizing speeches, Gillman quite casually dismisses it, mocks the idea of him being a "predator", and intimidates the man into fearful silence.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: On multiple occasions Ray considers revealing to his exasperated fiancee just how depressed and broken he feels. He can never bring himself to do so, and the last time the urge hits him he responds by telling her to "fuck off".
  • From the Mouths of Babes: Tianna says things no 10 year old should.
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  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Robyn, whose indulgences in alcohol, drugs, and partying with "friends" spell out horrible consequences for her 10-year old daughter.
  • Morality Pet: Tianna serves as one for Ray, sparking his Character Development and redemption quest.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Robyn, after Ray reveals what exactly her carefree, irresponsible life has exposed her beloved daughter to.
  • Pædo Hunt: The focus of the story. Ray absolutely despises pedophiles and sexual predators especially after an encounter with such during his younger years. He considers crimes against children one of the few he can pursue as a policeman with absolutely no moral qualms, and is in fact the sole reason he became one. After witnessing an Attempted Rape against Tianna and subsequent revelations of past sexual abuse against her, he becomes adamantly dedicated to her safety.
  • Returning to the Scene: The police often use this habit of murderers to catch their targets, sometimes setting up fake graves which are under constant surveillance. It's how the egotistical Mr. Confectioner is caught.
  • Sex Equals Love: How Tianna has been conditioned to think. She's 10.
  • Smug Snake: Mr. Confectioner, who prides himself in being a criminal mastermind who can plan out flawless kidnapping, rape, and murder, while avoiding capture by the police. While Ray is taken in by the man's self-image, it's ultimately a result of his own issues with such people; the man is ultimately just a predator of weak, defenseless children, who, in final review, was captured using a very simple and common tactic.
    Gillman: All that stuff aboot being a hunter... made me laugh, that yin. Ye know, ah don’t see that. Ah see a middle-aged guy who lives at hame with ehs ma.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Tianna, a result of being raised by Robyn, surrounded by all manner of vices, as well as years of sexual abuse by her mother's boyfriends and associates. At one point, she decides that the best way to repay Ray's kindness is to sleep with him. Ray's reaction is understandable.
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