His new novella, Smoke from Trestle Press, has everything I like about Bird's short stories -- cracking writing, well-crafted characters, and an emotional punch. He's very at home writing about Scotland and has created a rich atmosphere for his characters to fuck up in.
One thing that's a bit different about Smoke from his short stories is the pacing. This is fast and violent from start to finish.
But more than that, this is a story with a lot of heart that focuses on the connections between people in dire circumstances. I found myself in particular rooting for Jimmy, whose fighting for his sister's life and for his own sanity. Highly recommended.