It was a junket, a freebie. A 'team-building' weekend in the highlands for lawyers, advertising execs, businessmen, even the head of a charity. Oh, and a journalist, specially solicited for his renowned and voluble scepticism - Jack Parlabane.
Amid the flying paintballs and flowing Shiraz even the most cynical admit the organisers have pulled some surprises - stalkers in the forest, power cuts in the night, mass mobile phone thefts, disappearing staff, disappearing guests: there's nothing can bring out people's hidden strengths or break down interpersonal barriers quite like not having a clue what's going on and being scared out of your wits.
However, when the only vehicular access for thirty miles is cut off, it seems that events are being orchestrated not just for pleasure....
And that's before they find the first body. Thereafter, 'finding out who your colleagues really are' is not so much an end product as the key to reaching Monday morning alive.
©2004 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"The most mischievous white-knuckle writer." (Daily Express)
"Shrewd and pitch-black humour." (Telegraph)
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"Love this author's work!"
This is the third book that I've gone through of this author &and I'm just about to buy another. I love the style of writing, and the humour. Don't get me wrong it's a serious book but written with humour. The main character is hilarious. He's pretty much an anti hero with a dour, dry & sarcastic wit. Simply, brilliant.
"Outrageous story, but you loved it all the same"
Great characterisations superbly narrated by Angus King. I've never switched my view point on characters so often, from outright hatred to deep felt sympathy
Defending the Hall from the murderous hoards, using ingenuity in doing so. Funny too.
The 1980's political heated discussion e.g. Jack Parlabane's retort to one remark went
"the world has gone PC mad!!!!..........oh the desperate cry of the thwarted bigot" - priceless.
Nothing in particular, wasn't that type of story.
Brookmyre is literary gold. If you like his work, you'll love this.
"Erm . . . Speechless, in a good way!"
I have never read or listened to anything like this before. I don't want to include spoilers here, so it's difficult to say too much. The story is very unusual. During the first half, not much happens, yet it remains compelling. During the second half, too much happens, a good deal of which requires a fair degree of suspension of belief, yet it remains compelling! This is my second book by this author, the first being Black Widow which was much more conventional. Brookmyre is clearly an excellent writer. In both books, there is nothing sloppy or cliched. I'm off to read more from him.
"Brookmyre up to standard"
You know what you're getting you just don't know where it is
Best Brookmyre I've come across for a while
"This combination of author and narrator is just so"
A great story, with believable characters, and some excellent set peices, the entrance in the snooker room was hysterical.
"Couldn't stop listening."
Rattlingly good listen. Great plot with knowing nod to classics detective stories and thrillers. Lighter and funnier than classic gritty tartan or Scandi noir. Very well written and read.
"How does he dream them up!"
I am a Brookmyre convert and this did not disappoint. A great storyteller, always something that you can't anticipate, and Angus King as narrator does it justice.
"funny and actionfilled!"
really good, fast listening, impossible to put down. Some very extreme twists here and there, and lots of gory details. Recommended!
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