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Country of the Blind (Jack Parlabane #2)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,430 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Comic crime novelist Christopher Brookmyre is back with another outrageous caper featuring hard-bitten investigative journalist Jack Parlabane, hero of the award-winning novel Quite Ugly One Morning. When conservative tabloid media mogul Roland Voss is discovered at his country estate with his throat slit and his wife and bodyguards killed, Parlabane soon finds himself up...more
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Published May 1st 2012 by Grove Press (first published 1997)
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anne
Let's face it, i really want to marry Christopher Brookmyre and have his sarcastic babies.
Rachel
Jack Parlabane is back! What initially looked like a one-shot story (Quite Ugly One Morning) has turned into an excellent series -- the second book is much more serious, in-depth, and interesting, while still being totally wacky and wild, in true Brookmyre style. In this one, a bizarre killing becomes personal as one of Jack's friends appears on TV as a suspect long enough to look terrified and give Jack a private message, before dying of apparent suicide. As Jack digs into the case, he begins t...more
Dipanjan
Country Of The Blind continues to be "Quite The Fantastic An Experience". Mr. Brookmyre is wearing his politics all over himself in this book. Jack Parlabane - Oh Jack, what do I say about you? What are you? Are you God? Are you human? Or are you just an experience that gets inside my head and takes up residence? EXPLOSIVE is probably the only word that can define Jack Parlabane. Every thing you do is magic!! Period!!!

As someone has said already "If you fail to read Brookmyre before you die, you...more
Mollie
Aug 13, 2012 Mollie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone really that is into crime and being chronically scathing about pretty much everything.
Recommended to Mollie by: My mum...who is chronically scathing about pretty much everything.
This book is incredibly... satisfying. I think satisfying is the word I am looking for. Every witticism and reference has you nodding along thinking "yeah! 'Bout time someone pointed that out" or "Damn, I love that song" or just thinking, "I wish I had the nerve and talent to write this kind of thing".
I found this book took a little longer to get into at first - possibly because I was expecting the avalanche of hate and spite that comes from Simon Darcourt at the beginning of "A Big Boy Did i...more
Jamie
This second book featuring the conspiracy-cracking Scottish journalist Jack Parlabane was even better than the first one. This time around we have smug, evil politicians and their incompetent henchmen pitted against the meek yet resourceful underdog. The story is suspenseful, and there are some wonderful characterizations.

There is plenty of humor and a lot of Scottish dialect (maybe enough to annoy some people, but I enjoyed it). It has none of the gross-out descriptions of the first book, which...more
Karen
Ah, it's that difficult second book: your publisher's champing at the bit, you've not quite got your next story together, you're sick to the back teeth of your leading character and need some time away from him...



So Jack takes absolutely ages to appear and Nicole, the lawyer, is a very poor substitute, despite the care taken in the opening chapter to construct her back story. You've got to love Spammy though. I hope he reappears at a later date.



Good, but not brilliant.
Stuart Langridge

British critics have compared Christopher Brookmyre's writing to the "sassy, nasty, fast style of the Americans Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen" (The Guardian) and called his work "perpetually in-your-face ... irreverent and stylish" (The Times). Now he returns with another cracked gem of a comic thriller: Country of the Blind. This time, hard-bitten investigative journalist Jack Parlabane -- hero of Brookmyre's award-winning novel Quite Ugly One Morning-finds himself up to his eyeballs in murd

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Shawn
Although published in 1997 and referencing the post-Thatcher Tories, this crime/political comedy makes perfect sense to anyone who lived through the reign of George W. and the Wall Street Follies that led to our current situation. Ah, if only we had our Jack Parlabane! (Who might, of course, uncover a few unsavory links between the Obama White House and the corporate world as well.)
Deanne
A great crime story with a crafty plot, and with a dark sense of humour which appeals to my own twisted sense of fun, I'm an optomistic-pessimist.
Jack sounds like the sort of person you want on your side in a fight, he has a sense of justice but seems to believe in playing dirty.
Daniel
Friend leaving the country left a collection of Brookmyre books with me. He writes like summer blockbusters should be made; fun & exciting with none of that "my-soul-just-died-a-little" after-taste. Now, if I could only find my copy of "One Fine Day In The Middle Of The Night".
Mike Worth
I like Christopher Brookmyre's books - easy to read and this was as good as all the others.
Sorcha
Anything by this guy that I've read so far has been great, and this was no exception.
Julia Phillips
I'm giving all CB's books five stars - brilliant stuff.
Claudia
Again, good, good fun. This book seemed to spend more time on the story and characters around Parlabane, which works but was a little surprising; the author's gone to some trouble to set him up as a good character, I thought he'd use him more. But, this approach gives a broader view, as the reader gets more characters' points of view, so it's not a bad choice.

The violence seemed a little toned down, a little less loopy, but the politics are also clearer, sharper, and distinctly angrier. The styl...more
Algernon
Great read, attacking disturbingly contemporary issues in the world of politics, media industry and finance. The second Jack Parlabane high octane thriller set in his native Scotland has his sharp wit signature, but I found it leaning more toward the scary than the humorous. Why? Because it reminded me very much of another series I'm reading now: Transmetropolitan. Parlabane and Spider Robinson are cast from the same mold, foulmouthed, irreverent towards the law or authorithy, angry at injustice...more
Monica
Brookmyre must be psychic. Or maybe things just don't change. This book, written in 1997 at the nasty end of Thatcher's era, could have been taken from today's headlines. A conservative tabloid billionaire and his wife are murdered at a country estate. The police catch four men fleeing the scene. The men are simple burglars who maintain that they found the bodies, but the press is howling for swift punishment.

Jack Parlabane has promised himself and his fiancee Sarah that he will give up risking...more
William
This is the second book in the Jack Parlabane series. Perhaps not quite as good as the first, but still a breezy read. It has the usual Brookmyre hallmarks -- fairly graphic violence (which I tolerate only from him, somehow), remarkable wit, and an impressively inventive plot which holds together well. Also typical is a large number of topical references to politics and events in England and Scotland, many of which had no meaning to me. And then there is the incompehensible Scottish slang.

It's h...more
Wendle
Country of the Blind = ((Conspiracy + Fugitives) x (Parlabane ^ ranting)) + Spammy

This was my second Brookmyre book (anally chronological ftw). I found it more difficult to get into than the first book, but that was solely due to the long chapters. This was, however, the first time I experienced the soon-to-be familiar Brookmyre special of reaching a certain point in the book and justhavingtokeepreading.

In this book, Brookmyre does a good job of keeping the story going; keeping the action happen...more
La Reyne
Swithering between rating it a 3 or a 4 star. I plump for three.

I borrowed this from a friend and had it for something like a year before I finished it. I seldom give up on a book, but this was one of those that just didn't draw me in from the beginning.

I had to keep restarting again and again! I struggled to move past the initial section of the book, it really didn't grab me. The person who loaned it kept saying, No, it's worth it, keep at it! Eventually I got there, but only once it moved in...more
le-trombone
The second Jack Parlabane mystery finds four burglars robbing a mansion and finding the occupants already murdered. The occupants are media mogul Roland Voss (of comparable stature to Robert Maxwell and Rupert Murdoch), his wife, and their two security guards, and naturally the media descend on the criminals who murdered someone who wrote so many of their paychecks.

Almost from the start though some holes in the case appear, at least to those willing to look. Nicole Carrow and her boss have defen...more
L
I'm barely into this book and enjoying it so much. Brookmyre is very, very good. The book starts off ironically, with a bit of low-key humor. Just as you relax into it, the tale take a turn, a very dark turn. Some of the characters are "out there." Some are just trying really hard to get from here to there in one piece, maybe doing the right thing along the way. The politicians are slimy and the bad guys are amazingly bad. Refreshingly, Brookmyre writes women characters who are smart and can han...more
Thermalsatsuma
It should be an open and shut case.

Four men have been caught, literally red handed, running from a plush country house in Scotland where the wealthy and influential media baron (and major donor to the Conservative party) Roland Voss has been brutally murdered, along with his wife and two security guards. The four have previous form for burgling similar country houses, so is this just a case of a robbery gone badly wrong or something more sinister? Well, if Jack Parlabane is involved, what do yo...more
Margaret
This is the first Christopher Brookmyre book that I've physically read versus listening to an audio recording, and I admit that it's a wee bit of a slog reading a Brookmyre novel instead of letting the onslaught of words (cleverly strung together words, but still a LOT of them) wash over me. It's not easy to pinpoint Brookmyre's genre and style beyond (1) extremely clever, (2) wordy (so many thoughts, so many words, so many tangents), and (3) 'tart "tartan noir" ' to lift a descriptive quote fro...more
Kate Croft
"Tartan noir," The paperback cover brags; I'll preface this review by saying that I am neither Scottish nor English, that a few of Brookmyre's cultural references were therefore lost on me, and that I did mostly have to read the dialogue out loud to decipher the brogue. But I haven't read a good whodunnit in a long time and I enjoyed this one thoroughly. Brookmyre writes complex characters with simple strokes (though his women suffer from caricature occasionally), and dispenses with cheesy suspe...more
Nina
Sep 02, 2011 Nina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nina by: Paul Beck
Brilliantly written, a great satire and social commentary - a symetry of latterday politics and journalism and apathy. Very humourous.

'Her Dad didn't agree with her politics, but had (almost infuriatingly) refused to be upset by her apostasy; indeed he seemed amused (in not quite the full hundred per cent patronising manner, though close) that she had turned out this way.' P.23

'She was also wise enough to know it's a sentimental heart that beats in the chest of the cynic.' p. 205

'Paul had previo...more
Jane
Not as much of a page turner as the first Jack Parlabane book but clever and funny nonetheless. Will probably read the next one too.
Unwisely
Jack Parlabane's back. The thick Scottish accents, Irn-Bru, and football references are back, too. Fast, violent, with sympathetic characters, and a decidedly liberal (in the American usage) sensibility. As usual, the writing has passages that are so exquisite you want to read them out loud to someone (although if you live alone, this is trickier).

If you don't like dialect, avoid, but it makes me want to find a cute boy in a kilt for a snog. The end read like it was the end of the series, but am...more
Brian
Fast paced and full of action
Richard
I think this would have been a higher score if I had read it closer to reading the first in the series "Quite Ugly One Morning". Also, I have been reading a lot of different books from different authors and I think this just didn't quite meet the standards of others I have read recently. Having said all this, I don't want to put anyone off and I did enjoy this book. Funny in places and well paced. Will certainly read more from this author.
Eric
My favorite so far of the Brookmyre genre (all of which I have loved). And I finally put two together in the right order, having read the immediate predecessor to this one last year (Quite Ugly One Morning). It was nice, when he made reference to events in the lives of the ongoing characters, to know what he was talking about and how those characters came to be involved with one another.
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Christopher Brookmyre is a Scottish novelist whose novels mix politics, social comment and action with a strong narrative. He has been referred to as a Tartan Noir author. His debut novel was Quite Ugly One Morning, and subsequent works have included One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night, which he said "was just the sort of book he needed to write before he turned 30", and All Fun and Games unti...more
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