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Country Of The Blind (Jack Parlabane #2)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  2,162 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
The murder of a media moghul in his country mansion appears to be the result of him disturbing a gang of would-be thieves. The robbers are swiftly caught, but when they are unexpectedly moved to a different prison they escape. Back in Edinburgh, a young solicitor reveals to the press that one of the subjects had left a letter with her some time before the break-in which pr ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published 1998 by Abacus (first published 1997)
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Jul 19, 2008 anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's face it, i really want to marry Christopher Brookmyre and have his sarcastic babies.
Jan 15, 2009 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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
Dec 02, 2012 Dipanjan rated it it was amazing
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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
Jul 02, 2012 Mollie rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 15, 2010 Chip rated it really liked it
Another entertaining read. 3.5 stars - the one knock I'd say I had on it was that all of the villains were somewhat excessively and obviously villainous - caricatures, really.
Mar 26, 2017 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ο Jack Parlabane είναι ο άνθρωπος που μάλλον δεν θα θέλαμε να είμαστε αλλά να έχουμε όλοι φίλο. Πιο αστείο, πιο πολιτικό, πιο καυστικό από το ντεμπούτο του, το δεύτερο μυθιστόρημα του Brookmyre γράφτηκε το 1997 αλλά υπάρχουν ολόκληρα κεφάλαια τα οποία μιλάνε για το σήμερα. Χαρακτήρες, backstories, και πλοκή που εκτυλίσσεται σε κάτι λιγότερο από πέντε μέρες καταπιάνεται με ένα σωρό ζητήματα και τα καταφέρνει περίφημα ενώ ταυτόχρονα σε διασκεδάζει. Με διεισδυτική και διορατική ματιά σφάζει, άλλους ...more
Oct 24, 2011 Algernon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
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
Rachael Hewison
Feb 13, 2016 Rachael Hewison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I think my issue is that I love Jack Parlabane too much. Brookmyre spoiled us with the first book in this series by having it pretty much entirely from Jack's point of view. In this book he shares the pages with most of the characters, which leaves you craving the pages with Jack on them. It did give us entirely different angles to the story and I particularly liked the scenes with the suspects in the forest but for me it just lost some of the sparkle. The relationship between Jack and Sarah had ...more
Jamie Collins
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
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.
Sep 02, 2011 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.)
May 13, 2009 Daniel rated it liked it
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".
Apr 20, 2013 Deanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: crimethriller
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.
Julia Phillips
Dec 11, 2010 Julia Phillips rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I'm giving all CB's books five stars - brilliant stuff.
Nov 11, 2007 Sorcha rated it it was amazing
Anything by this guy that I've read so far has been great, and this was no exception.
Mike Worth
Jul 28, 2011 Mike Worth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like Christopher Brookmyre's books - easy to read and this was as good as all the others.
Mar 20, 2016 Stuart rated it really liked it
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Mar 02, 2017 Rita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good exciting read.
Jan 01, 2009 le-trombone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-mystery
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
La Reyne
Jan 30, 2012 La Reyne rated it liked it
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
Nov 08, 2013 L rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Jan 31, 2009 Thermalsatsuma rated it liked it
Shelves: book-a-week-2009
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
Mar 01, 2013 Claudia rated it really liked it
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
Jan 29, 2016 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Before there was Mikael Blomkvist there was Jack Parlabane.

The first Jack Parlabane novel I read was number four in the series so I'm working my way through Chris Brookmyre's back catalogue. Country of the Blind is the second Jack Parlabane book and it's a very satisfying tale.

A billionaire media mogul is found slaughtered in a country house along with his wife and two body guards. Four men are found on the property, one covered in blood and are arrested. As the men have links to a notorious ga
Oct 24, 2013 William rated it really liked it
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
Jul 25, 2011 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 11, 2012 Wendle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humour
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
The Cats Mother
Second in the Jack Parlabane series, which you don't have to read in order,(and I haven't) but there are recurring characters and I'm already thinking about re-reading Boiling a Frog to remind myself what happens next.
A billionaire media mogul has been murdered alongside his wife and bodyguards, apparent victims of a burglary gone wrong, with the suspects already in custody. A young lawyer produces some evidence which raises doubts about their guilt, and is saved from an attempt on her life by J
Apr 16, 2013 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 02, 2012 Kate Croft rated it liked it
"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
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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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Jack Parlabane (8 books)
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