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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  2,284 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Like a highball mix of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Brookmyre hits you hard and fast. Now Brookmyre is back with 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 without the hassle o...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 17th 2003 by Grove Press (first published 1999)
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Karen
Gavin is a holiday tour operator turned big spending resort developer who was invisible at school. Simone, his wife, has had enough of Gavin and his philandering and wants a divorce, although Gavin doesn't know that yet. Catherine is the PR agent for the oil-rig resort and for reasons that even she doesn't even seem to understand, Gavin's latest lover. Matt is a successful stand-up comedian turned wealthy but less successful celebrity due to his part in an American sitcom, and Davie is a violent...more
Wendle
One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night = Action films + Amateurs + School reunion.

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), while simultaneously being more fantastical (v...more
E.J. Lamprey
One of Christopher Brookmyre's most quoted reviews calls his style 'tartan noir' and that sums it up neatly. I started reading his books because I'd moved to Scotland and half the time I didn't understand the language. The first one was like having a bucket of blood thrown in my face - I was gasping with shock, but laughing despite myself. He's a very clever, very exhilarating writer and I recommend most of his stuff but this is still my favourite, just nudging Snowball From Hell from the top sp...more
Algernon
the Scottish version of Grosse Pointe Blank. Highly entertaining mix of humor and action movie, set on an oil platform in the North Sea
Jamie
This is a pretty average Christopher Brookmyre novel, but it’s been awhile since I’ve read one, so I enjoyed it more than I expected to. It has a great title, as usual.

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
William
I absolutely never read thrillers, and ended up with this one by accident because I was so impressed with the first book by Brookmyre that I read. And the book has some startlingly vivid violence,something else I try to avoid in what I read.

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
Margaret
This book is a hoot! I listened to the unabridged recording read by Kenny Blyth (10 discs), which Goodreads should add to the editions list for this title. It's a fabulous performance, complete with truly authentic Scottish accents (and no silly high pitching of the voice for the female characters, thank you very much), of a hillarious action adventure book set in Scotland. The tone and unfolding convoluted, goofy plot that is well written was to me reminiscent of Westlake's "The Hot Rock" and b...more
John R.
This was my first ever Christopher Brookmyre title and I loved it--and still do. I discovered it during a trip to Australia in 1999 and it troubles me to this day that he isn't more popular than he is in the U.S. He might not be for everybody's taste but I'd put him on a par with Carl Hiassen and that's pretty heavyweight company as far as I'm concerned.

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
Cadfan
This is a highly enjoyable emotional roller coaster. I loved the combination of absurd humour, sharp unexpected thrills and touching, relatable character interactions. The characters are likeable, easy to relate to and plausible - indeed throughout the book you may actually find yourself truly caring for their well being in the various situations they get into. However, this book is not purely a thriller - the author also keeps us on our toes by using witty, engaging and intelligent language as...more
Stuart Langridge

SUMMARY:
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

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Purple
Aug 13, 2008 Purple rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: You!
Shelves: crime-fiction, 5-star
Oh good lord this is good.

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.
Nathan
This was a wierd one which owes more than a little nod to Grosse Point Blank and Die Hard. In brief: school reunion is attacked by mercenaries. Wild lurches in tone between lad-lit style romance and action-movie hijinks. Kinda' understandable if you allow yourself to be dragged into the book's reality, but very silly otherwise. Still, I'd give another of his books a go. 3.5/5
Stephen Wallace
Obviously the person who has given the review below me for 1 star doesn't have a sense of humour. OK so this may not be one of the litary greats; but for fast paced action and thrills, with enough rib ticklers to have been laughing out loud in public places I would give this 4/5, but only as I find it difficult to give anything 5 stars.

Becky
I was recommended to read this by my librarians. The first chapter focuses on a group of hitmen who are inevitably going to be the bad guys, and after this one chapter I didn't know what to make of this novel. However, soon the story of a school reunion on a newly transformed oil rig resort makes the whole book much more interesting, and the detailed past histories of some of the characters add to the colour and depth of the story. I was soon gripped and read the last few hundred pages in a day....more
Petra
A friend suggested this author, and I just love him! First I read most of them through my library and now I have started to purchase the lot, and read them again in chronological order. And I have to say, second time around it's even better!
Helen
Even years later I can remember the funniest moment ever from any book I've read. When Ally is crawling through the ducting, with the baddies and hostages below him. I was sat in the bath reading and had tears of laughter streaming down my face.
Sandi
A hilarious page-turner set during a class reunion that is taking place on an oil rig turned luxury resort off the coast of Scotland. No one combines the totally absurd with graphic violence better than Brookmyre.
Denise Martin
One of the quickest books I've read in a long time but that may have something to do with being 38 weeks pregnant and having neither the inclination nor ability to do much more than read!!

Fiona
This book is hilarious. I found myself laughing on public transport it was so funny. It's classic Brookmyre. Ridiculous situations, great one-liners and interesting characters.
Pippa
If only there was another star to give this book!

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
Mike Worth
I like Christopher Brookmyre's books - easy to read and this was as good as all the others.
Sue
Another great read from Christopher Brookmyre.
Karen
"Something dumb and fun", my self-prescription read, following Katie Ward-induced torpor. Well, noone, least of all me, would accuse Christopher Brookmyre of being dumb, but his brutal intelligence is purely at a textual level - the wordplay, the plot, the jokes - as opposed to some wanky meta-bollocks. (Sorry, brain's auto-censor function still temporarily disabled.)

And, oh, what fun! So much so that I totally overlooked my professional responsibility to myself; major rule of medication adminis...more
Dana
It took 160 pages for something to happen other than tedious, boring back stories. But when it did happen, it brought along a bucket full of awesome.

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
Carl Brush
This is a rather unthrilling thriller about a class reunion aboard an offshore oil rig that one of the schoolmates has converted into a luxury resort--well, he's almost done so. Not quite finished. The reunion is invaded by a group of inept commandos out for loot that, it turns out, is not there.

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
Mary
This was a reread for me, and it enjoyed it again, but not as much as the first time. Made me want to read more of his recent stuff, though. Entertaining, and if you're looking for something different from the usual American voice, this Scottish author certainly will not disappoint.
Helen Wilson
An absolute must read. Black humour that is laugh out loud funny and remains with you even years later. I read this book for the first time over 10 years ago and I still buy copies for people as presents or to cheer them up. Please please read it!!
Stuart Lutzenhiser
Enjoyable, light read. I didn't enjoy it as much as the later books that I read (Snowball in Hell, Rubber Ducks), but is was good and kept me interested. The premise is a nobody in high school turns out to be a successful travel entrepreneur and sets up a derelict Oil rig off the coast of Scotland into a 5 star resort destination. He decides to invite his classmates to a test weekend on the facility for their 15th year reunion prior to towing it off the coast of Africa. Some terrorist bent on ho...more
Alison Evans
This is a story about one of the most disastrous school reunions imaginable coupled with an attempt at extortion! It is laugh-out-loud funny and, given the mayhem that ensues, the body count is surprisingly low. The chapter headings give a timeline for the unfolding events, so keep your eye on them!
Janeishly
Dark, violent, occasionally very funny. Like a Scottish Carl Hiaasen but without the environmental message. I enjoyed it but it was all somehow just a little bit superficial.
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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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