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Preview — Country Of The Blind by Christopher Brookmyre
Country Of The Blind (Jack Parlabane #2)
As someone has said already "If you fail to read Brookmyre before you die, you ...more
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
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
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.
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
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.
I also see a bit too much of the "we are all Jock Tamson's Bairns" that I see too easily in myself in his stories, I will put it down to the folly of youth.
This was only his second novel so I hope he later makes the characters more fleshed out, more real, for example [and this is just a little thi ...more
The violence seemed a little toned down, a little less loopy, but the politics are also clearer, sharper, and distinctly angrier. The styl ...more
Jack Parlabane has promised himself and his fiancee Sarah that he will give up risking ...more
It's h ...more
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
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
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
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
'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
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