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The children of Innertown exist in a state of suspended terror. Every year or so, a boy from their school disappears, vanishing into the wasteland of the old chemical plant. Nobody knows where these boys go, or whether they are alive or dead, and without evidence the authorities claim they are simply runaways. The town policeman, Morrison knows otherwise. He was involved in the cover-up of one boy's murder, and he believes all the boys have been killed. Though he is seriously compromised, he would still like to find out the killer's identity. The local children also want to know and, in their fear and frustration, they turn on Rivers, a sad fantasist and suspected paedophile living alone at the edge of the wasteland. Trapped and frightened, one of the boys, Leonard, tries to escape, taking refuge in the poisoned ruins of the old plant; there he finds another boy, who might be the missing Liam and might be a figment of his imagination. With his help, Leonard comes to understand the policeman's involvement, and exacts the necessary revenge - before following Liam into the Glister: possibly a disused chemical weapons facility, possibly a passage to the outer world.

A terrifying exploration of loss and the violence that pools under the surface of the everyday, "Glister" is an exquisitely written, darkly imagined novel by one of our greatest contemporary writers.

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Hardback Editions

March 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Glister: A Novel
Author(s): John Burnside
ISBN: 0-385-52764-0 / 978-0-385-52764-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
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February 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: Glister (Ulverscroft)
Author(s): John Burnside
ISBN: 1-84782-550-8 / 978-1-84782-550-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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May 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: Glister
Author(s): John Burnside
ISBN: 0-224-08074-1 / 978-0-224-08074-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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Paperback Editions

February 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Glister
Author(s): John Burnside
ISBN: 0-307-45533-5 / 978-0-307-45533-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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April 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Glister
Author(s): John Burnside
ISBN: 0-09-950784-6 / 978-0-09-950784-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

March 2009 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Glister: A Novel (Library Binding)
Author(s): John Burnside
ISBN: 1-4332-6405-6 / 978-1-4332-6405-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Glister: A Novel
Author(s): John Burnside
ISBN: 1-4332-6408-0 / 978-1-4332-6408-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Glister: A Novel (Library Binding)
Author(s): John Burnside
ISBN: 1-4332-6406-4 / 978-1-4332-6406-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2009 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Glister: A Novel
Author(s): John Burnside
ISBN: 1-4332-6409-9 / 978-1-4332-6409-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Glister: A Novel
Author(s): John Burnside
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Glister: A Novel
Author(s): John Burnside
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

August 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Glister
Author(s): John Burnside
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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February 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Glister: A Novel
Author(s): John Burnside
Publisher: Anchor
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