One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night

by Christopher Brookmyre | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0349112096 Global Overview for this book
Registered by YowlYY on 6/6/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by YowlYY on Monday, June 06, 2005 Review
Christopher Brookmyre's One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night is a lethal farce in which nothing goes quite according to plan. The mercenaries and terrorists who seize an oil rig converted into an international resort are almost too busy wanting to kill each other to get on with the job, for one thing, and, for another, the group they take hostage are a high-school reunion rather than the conference of the internationally famous they are expecting. One of the high-school year went on to be a famous gangland hardman before reforming, and another is a darkly brilliant comic whose career is on the skids--and a couple more have spent far too much time in the cinema not to know what Bruce Willis would do... This is a splendidly constructed darkly funny novel in which the oddest things prove suddenly lethal and in which the imagined geography of a closed environment is at once a trap, and a playground for heroism, double cross and the sudden discovery of true love. The running gags and knowingness about movies ought to be less amusing than they are, but Brookmyre's underlying affection for ordinary people and contempt for bullies stops them being self-indulgent.

Journal Entry 2 by YowlYY at Bestwood, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Fabulous book. Really, the dry humour is real here, and I was laughing on my own already after the first pages. From there, it goes downhill very quickly, with more gore and dry humour to leave you smirking or just laughing your head off.
Best scene: former PI McGregor hitchhiking with a severed arm. It is just too funny.
Now go on and read it, I won't tell you more because I would otherwise spoil it.

Released 2 yrs ago (8/10/2017 UTC) at Stocksbridge, South Yorkshire, charity bag collection -- Controlled Releases


This is now going with a few books that have been caught and not read in 8+ years, to the charity shop of Barnsley Animal Rescue. I hope it will be picked up and enjoyed by a worthier reader, it is definitely a hilarious read - who wouldn't like a Brookmyre? 😊

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