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Publisher's Summary

Their eyes met across a crowded room. She was just a poor servant girl, and he was the son of a rich industrialist.

Er, no, this is a Christopher Brookmyre novel, although the eyes meeting across a crowded room part is true. Where it differs from the fairy tales is that the room in question was crowded with hostages and armed bank robbers, and his eyes were the only part of him she could see behind the mask....

©2002 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A thriller, love story, social satire and a warning against taking absurdism too seriously." ( Time Out)
"Chris Brookmyre is a genius." ( Daily Mirror)

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Love the book, hated the accents.

Great story, and while the narrator's natural accent is wonderful, her American accents are terrible, they all sound the same, whether they are from Vegas or New England.

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  • Jennifer Random
  • 26-08-2015

new narrator please.

worst American accent ever. Bad pronunciation of names and "allegory". Still Love this book though

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  • M. P. Saunders
  • 17-09-2015

Brilliant

A brilliant story of deception and crime laced dark humour. I love Chris Brookmyres novels which always have a devilish twist at the end that keeps you guessing.

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  • Ms. Rw Humphreys
  • 30-10-2017

Real disappointment compared to A big boy did it.

Really liked the characters and some scenes were really well done, like the bank robbery, but overall it dragged and dragged. The narrator's accents were definitely the worst I'd ever heard and were extremely off putting.

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  • matt
  • 17-05-2017

Great book, rubbish accents

So really really enjoyable but the narrator really can't do American accents. Love Brookmyre though. One of my faves of his.

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  • Jane
  • 08-05-2016

Great listen!

This is only the second Christopher brookmyre book I have listened too, and it was as good as the first. Fabulous story telling, interesting characters and humour, the last a real bonus. The American accents were a bit odd, but even with that it was brilliantly read.

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  • nic
  • 07-10-2018

Brilliant book, truly dreadful choice for narrator

Echoing so many of the other reviews - why on earth did the editors not realise how awful the narrator's "American" accents were and quickly decide on a different approach? I'm ploughing on through as it's a book I've read many times and wished to listen to as part of the de Xavier series. The story and writing are vintage Christopher Brookmyre and great fun, but so badly let down by the performance. A real shame - please, if anyone from the publishers/production team reads these reviews, consider re-recording with a different narrator. Steve Worsley did a great job on the previous book in this series -bring him back!

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  • GD
  • 07-11-2017

Not a bad story, but the reader spoiled it

I love brookmyre. This isn’t his strongest one but it fits well as the appetiser for the much darker funnier “sequel” in snowball in hell.

Trouble is the narrator for this one is poor. Her “voices” not great and her own voice grates. And I say that as a Glaswegian!

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  • Matthew Newell
  • 29-08-2017

great story as always

great story and good performance - let down by poor American accents. everything else great and to be recommended - but there are few whole can nail both Glasgow and West Coast USA accents; the narrator is great with Scottish voices but poor with the American

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  • Biker
  • 06-03-2017

Good story, narrator's American accent wobbly.

An engaging and blackly funny story. The narrator was entirely credible in the main, Scots character's role but the American accent was jarring in the beginning but I eventually got used to it. Clever story.

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  • michael mcgowan
  • 05-01-2017

The actors American accent destroys a fine novel

If she could do any semblance of an American accent I would have given it five stars. It's that bad.