The Sacred Art of Stealing (Angelique De Xavier #2)
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This is a sequel to _A Big Boy Did it and Ran Away ...more
Do you need to have read Big Boy to get everything here? No, you'd be able to piece together the necessary inferences about what happened, but it would somewhat spoil things should you then want to go back and read the prequel.
Anyway, what I wrote in my review of that book still stands.
Quite the high adventu...more
This novel is probably my favourite of all of his books - but only just and they are mostly all so much fun and such page turners that it is hard to really pick between them.
Another warning is th ...more
The language is flawless, funny, subtle, to the point, complex, rude, considered and utterly brilliant.
I expect that Mr Brookmyre will not be to everyone's taste - and seriously, it always takes a while to "get in ...more
I can’t even remember why I picked this book up, but from the moment I did, I didn’t want to put it down. It doesn’t start when you’d expect and it keeps the reader on a rollercoaster all the way through. The idea of the original bank heist was sheer brilliance, even made me finish reading “Waiting for Godot”, yes reading, I’ve never seen it, though I would like to. This was the first Brookmyre I ever read, and so didn’t have the background on Angeliqu ...more
The characters are great too, some you can love and others you can hate, cheering loudly when they get what you think they deserve.
The whole bank job is brilliant and had me laughing out loud, can't wait for the next.
Let us prey . . . The press tend to talk about bank robberies as being daring, ingenious and audacious. They don't describe many as Dadaist, even the ones who know what 'Dadaist' means. But how else does one explain choreographed dancing gunmen in Buchanan Street, or the surreal methods they use to stay one step ahead of the cops?Angelique de Xavia is no art critic, but she is a connoisseur of crooks, and she's sure that the heist she got caught up in wasn't the work of the usual sawn-of
Totally correct. The rant is side split tingly funny (if quite rude) and the book just gets better and better.
If feeling depressed or trapped in job and just want some raucous comedy crime, interspersed with many wicked asides this will lift your spirits. I cannot recommend this highly enough (unless you are upset by some sexual frankness)
Have now read all the books from start up to Pandemonium. A ...more
A daring and bizarrely surealist daylight bank robbery takes place in Glasgow. Enter Angelique de Xavia, terrorist busting cop who happens to be turning 30; Zal Innez, hig ...more
Stuart and Angelique’s relationship was cleverly unveiled in small moments at a time. (view spoiler)[ The description of a sexual escapade, actually revealed as having been a sparing workout, smashed my presumption multiple chapters after the event. Very clever writing ...more
Quite a few people recommended this Brookmyre to me, stating it was their favourite, so it had a lot to live up to. It wasn't anything better than other Brookmyre books, but it's still a Brookmyre book, which means it's still really bloody good.
Clowns robbing a bank? The fact that this clown robbery lasts for the first half of the book? Awesome. And then the things I don't want to spoil that ...more
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L’erede di Nick Hornby e Irvine Welsh, mostri sacri della new wave letteraria anglo-scozzese, potrebbe essere Christopher Brookmyre, classe ’68, di Glasgow, critico cinematografico, ex cantante rock, cronista sportivo, da anni autore di noir che hanno per protagonista il giornalista d’assalto Jack Parlabane, a caccia di notizie che Brookmyre scaglia come bombe contro il governo, il sistema sanitario e dell’informazione.
In quest’ultimo ...more
The robber is involved in scams within scams, and it’s all pretty cleverly pla ...more
Angelique de Xavia is no art critic, but she is a connoisseur of crooks, and she's sure that this heist isn't the work of the usual sawn-offs-and black-tights criminal. It's her job to hunt this unique species o ...more
Brookmyre is on form in this book, the writing fizzes along, with his usual acerbic one liners and dissections of modern life.
de Xavia is a strong female lead, without appearing like a superhero: she's flawed and clearly has self doubts at the forefront of her mind.
The plot twists and turns like a python on coals, pulling you along,and making for a very quick read. Like most Brr ...more
It takes the time to relate the events to wider culture, and to explain characters and despite this the story progresses rapidly and excitingly.
The art and criminal scenes intertwine beautifully together making this a beautiful book, which flows with hard, harsh, realistic cultural undertones throughout.
I love Zal's character best of all, which is exactly th ...more
The language is sometimes difficult for an American, as it is written with local Scott slang. But it was well worth reading through that. Everything about this book didn’t feel American. I truly liked it. Yes, it is not one ...more