One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night
The place: an oil rig converted into a tourist resort.
The outcome: carnage.
Gavin is creating a unique ‘holiday experience’; every facility any tourist who hates abroad will ever want will all be available on a converted North Sea oil rig. To test the facilities he’s hosting a reunion for his old school (none of his ex-classmates can rememb ...more
This book is humour, plot, action, romance, gore and more humour in a perfect little parcel.
The references to action films throughout the book are the perfect accompaniment to the plot. The book is more realistic in its portrayal of ordinary people put in a Die Hard-esque situation (view spoiler)[(Ally McQuade vomiting on a bad guy from the air ducts) (hide spoiler)], while simultaneously being more fantastical (v ...more
Brookmyre tends to be full of righteous anger at the state of the world, and he spends as much time ranting as he does storytelling, but he nevertheless usually manages to be clever and hilarious and exciting. He produces characters to root for, and characters you love to hate, and the bad guys always get their comeuppance in the ...more
And, go figure, I enjoyed this book enormously. The plot is meticulously crafted, and really hangs together well. The characters are believable. And best of all, portions are laugh-out-loud funny. But Brookmyre also writes with style and intellect, and the re ...more
Of course, mystery/crime with a strong comic element isn't always popular but Brookmyre's sensibility is dark and funny in such a winning combin ...more
Like a highball mix of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Brookmyre hits you har and fast with "broad humor, splatters of dialogue, gross-out violence... and breakneck plotting" (The New York Times Book Review). No Brookmyre is back wit his most lethal book yet: One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night. Gavin Hutchinson had it all planned out. A unique "floating holiday experience" on a converted North Sea oil rig, a haven for tourists who want a vacation but his venture than to
Sometimes I want to write a book. Then I read one of Christopher Brookmyre's and I just think "No, leave it to him - he knows exactly what he's doing and I don't."
There really isn't anything as enjoyable as reading one of his hostage books (see also Be My Enemy). You'll wonder how you got by without it before.
No, I don't own a copy of this book I'd be willing to sell/swap. It's mine, get your own.
Seriously, go and get it. Now.
I have just been introduced to Christopher Brookmyre and have been seriously impressed with his dark humour, fast pace and excellent story lines but One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night takes this to another level. I cannot find fault with this book, except it ends.
Being classed as 'crime' has always out me off reading his novels but it just goes to show, you should never judge a book by it's genre. Yes, this is a thriller of epic proportions ( ...more
And, oh, what fun! So much so that I totally overlooked my professional responsibility to myself; major rule of medication adminis ...more
Took a while to get into it but a thoroughly enjoyable book overall.
It is a dark comedy but not laugh out loud funny – more of a twisted kind of funny.
It is different than anything I’ve ever read: high school reunion turns into bloody shootout and a fight to survive on a floating hotel. Once it did pick up, I started enjoying it and absolutely had to finish it in one sitting otherwise I’d be thinking about it all da ...more
Three elements of the novel sap the thrills: 1) endless rehashing of past lives, even in the midst of crises, with explosions imminent.2) The contrived improbability of many events which are meant to be ...more