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Country Of The Blind

(Jack Parlabane #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,567 Ratings  ·  102 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 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.
Dec 02, 2012 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
Jan 15, 2009 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
Eve Kay
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: suspense
Argh, that annoying "gotta-read-this-second-book-so-can-read-on-the-series" -dilemma.
The book takes ages to get going, Parlabane appears way too late, I'm already bored when he appears and it's too late to save it.

The story wasn't even funny like the first one was and many of the chapters had the same exact pattern:
The wind is blowing from the east -type of description
followed by person A doing something he does every day which he hates for reasons XYZ
followed by a trip down memory lane: how t
Jul 02, 2012 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I'm giving all CB's books five stars - brilliant stuff.
Nov 11, 2007 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 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.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Build ‘em up then knock ‘em down.’

The copy of this book that I read has a quote from the Independent's review splashed across the cover: "Tartan noir." It's a fantastic description for a fantastic book in what is proving to be a fantastic series.

She was witnessing the bizarre Parlabane thought-process in full, insane, runaway-train-with-a-madman-at-the-controls tilt.

Christopher gives us a more mature follow-up to Quite Ugly One Morning, with an entirely different kind of story and a whole new c
Tzu-Mainn Chen
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
It's a lot of fun following authors throughout their careers, reading each of their books as they come out, and marveling as you witness growth in skill and technique. Doing the opposite - say, starting with the 7th book in a series and following that with the 2nd - can result in the opposite reaction. Such was the case when I read "Country of the Blind".

Murders! Conspiracies! Corruption! Intrepid reporter Jack Parlabane throws himself into the midst of this darkness in a desperate bid to save t
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just loved One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night (read it twice), and this continues in the same widely sarcastic Scottish thriller mode as Brook myre delightedly send up government types in this tale of blue collar triumph over egotistical professional security with the help of the seriously pissed journalist Jack Parlabane. He is helped in this tale by three women: his doctor/fiancee, an English lawyer new to Scottish law, and a police officer. The batch in trouble include Spammy, who you ...more
Lou Gillies
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bit of a slow burner, but Jack is back and he’s championing the wronged against the evils of the old Tory elite. Four Glaswegian burglars become entangled in the brutal murders of a porn and media magnate and his wife. Their lawyer, new to the job and Scotland, begins to regret wishing for an interesting case, because it doesn’t get much more interesting than ending up on the end of a death threat because she knows too much. Corruption, blackmail, murder and a walk in the woods (great advert for ...more
Guy Jones
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
If you have read other Jack Parlabane books this is more of the same. I don’t recall the previous ones I have read wearing the preachy aspect on their sleeves so much. I found whole chapters that seemed to progress the story not one jot. They seemed purely to be a vehicle for Tory/ Capitalism bashing. Nothing wrong with that per se, but it did not make for a smooth read.
A good series of books, but this is not my favourite.
Bill Lawrence
I just didn't get what everyone sees in this. Like another reviewer, I read the debut where Jack is to the fore. Here, he is almost a minor character. Characters get pages of back story that is neither interesting nor relevant and the narrative is so stop and start. Plot is seriously contrived, but strangely relevant to now, with Brexit issues at play. The politics makes it interesting but only just.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Too plot heavy and not enough attention to character, which is opposite from the 1st book. Because the first in the series was so good, my expectations were really high.

I think someone without any expectations would have enjoyed this more than I did. Not a terrible book, it just didn't live up to the 1st one.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sleazy politicians, unthreatening burglars, an idealistic lawyer and Jack Parlabane, crusading Glasgow journalist all come together in this highly entertaining, jaundiced view of Britain in the mid/late 1990s. Lots of references to popular culture, football, and politicians of the time which may not mean much to a young or non-British reader, but which provided me with satisfying nostalgia.
Nicole Diamond
If it has one star I liked it a lot
If it has two stars I liked it a lot and would recommend it
If it has three stars I really really liked it a lot If it has four stars I insist you read it
If it has five stars it was life changing
Laura McConnell
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great read from Brookmyre! Can’t fault is dry, sarcastic humour mixed with relatable and likeable characters. Brookmyre always has a way of letting you think you have figured out what’s going to happen before throwing a sudden spanner into the mix! Get reading!!
Chris Stanley
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
I found Country of the Blind really difficult to get into at first, too many threads to get going, but once it did, the plot moved and twisted swiftly. Jack Parlabane is an awesome character
Lynn Halliday
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really enjoyable and funny read. Jack P is definitely a formidable force. Looking forward to the next one in this series.
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love everything about this book.
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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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