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Preview — Quite Ugly One Morning by Christopher Brookmyre
Quite Ugly One Morning (Jack Parlabane #1)
This is the book where Brookmyre has a graphic description of a turd early on, which I thought was rather unnecessary, but what would I know? More people read his books than my reviews. For now, anyway.
So, last night while partaking of tea at the Windsor, suddenly at 10pm my brother Bernard calls home. ‘Has she done it yet?’ They’ve just had a kitten, you see, called Socks and they are waiting for her to do her first poo. Not so much her f ...more
Where do I start? If I have to talk about the plot, I can write volumes. If I have to talk about the treatment, it will be never ending and if I have to talk about the protagonist, I may not ever ...more
This was made into a television show a couple of years ago and they really made a mess of it. Hard to imagine, as his stuff really is crying out to be made into films.
Parlabane has returned suddenly to Scotland only to wake the next morning to the smell of various human wastes in his flat. Going off to investigate the smell, wh ...more
For a long time previously my other half had been reading Brookmyre and loving them. Loving them so much that he would stay up late into the night reading them because he just had to finish. My reaction to this would be to moan; "Turn out the light, I want to go to sleep!"
After much cajoling, I finally agreed to read a Brookmyre book. Being the anal kind of person that I am, I insisted on start ...more
Jack Parlabane is an intrepid muckraking journalist who stumbles - quite literally - into a horrific murder scene. The doctor in the apartment below him has been killed. Parlabane determines to get to the bottom of it with the help of the doctor's ex-wife and DC Jenny Dalziel. They uncover massive financial chicanery a ...more
Now then, don't read any further if you aren't a fan of novels with explicit language and, well . . . let's just say "vivid" scenes. Of course, given the heavy Scottish tone, you migh ...more
What I enjoyed most about this book is the witty and literate repartee. That's slightly surprising, perhaps, because even though I have spent a fair amount of time in England, there was an amazing amount of local slang (some undoubtedly Scottish), acronyms and political references I simply did not get. While it was p ...more
The gross out factor waned after the first few pages and the story settled in to a more normal comic thriller. Quite Ugly One Morning is about an investigative reporter who is thrown into the middle of a messy murder mystery and with the he ...more
I knew this would be funny and clever - it was both - and I guessed it would be somewhat political, which it ...more
This is the first Jack Parlabane book, where he's recently escaped from an attempt on his life in Los Angeles, and has retreated back t ...more
Sadly the reading of this book was a few y ...more
Jack Parlabane is one of those characters you can't help but get along with. He irks you sometimes, amuses you in other ways, and engages in storybook heroics with an almost audible, eye-rolling reluctance.
Brookmyre is a very casual writer, in the sense that you never feel this buil ...more
There is excellent satire in this book about the whole culture of Thatcherite free-market Britain and the madness of allowing allegedly competent business people with no medica ...more
Quite Ugly One Morning is the book that made Christopher Brookmyre a star in his native Britain, establishing his distinctive, scabrously humorous style and breakneck, hell-for-leather narrative pacing. The novel that won the inaugural First Blood Award for the best debut crime novel in the United Kingdom is now available in America for the first time, and comic crime writing on this side of the Atlantic may never be the same. Quite Ugly One Morning introduces Brookmyre's signature prota