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All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye by Christopher Brookmyre

All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye

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One of the cleverest, funniest, slickest and inventive crime writers around. Every book is a satirical gem. This one stars a bored Scottish housewife whose dream of rubbing shoulders with James Bond suddenly becomes reality, not literally, but for her damn close when she is recruited by a group of unconventional security experts and learns to claw and spit to protect her son. It is such fun, one of his best.

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All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye by Christopher Brookmyre

As a teenager Jane Bell had dreamt of playing in the casinos of Monte Carlo in the company of James Bond, but in her punk phase she'd got herself pregnant and by the time she reaches forty-six she's a grandmother, her dreams as dry as the dust her Dyson sucks up from her hall carpet every day. Then her son Ross, a researcher working for an arms manufacturer in Switzerland, is forced to disappear before some characters cut from the same cloth as Blofeld persuade him to part with the secrets of his research. But they are not the only ones desperate to locate him. A team of security experts is hired by Ross's firm: headed by the enigmatic Bett, his staff have little in common apart from total professionalism and a thorough disregard for the law. Bett believes the key to Ross's whereabouts is his mother, and in one respect he is right, but even he is taken aback by the verve underlying her determination to secure her son's safety as she learns the black arts of quiet subterfuge and violent attack. The teenage dreams of fast cars, high-tech firepower and extreme action had always promised to be fun and games, but in real life it's likely someone is going to lose an eye …


The usual rip-roaring narrative but with a vividly adult, sensitive edge. * GLASGOW HERALD * Memorably funny lines. * DAILY TELEGRAPH * Funny, electric and captivating. * Marcel Berlins, THE TIMES * A sharp, memorable and occasionally surprisingly touching book. * Euan Ferguson, Observer *

About the Author

Christopher Brookmyre

Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full time novelist with the publication of QUITE UGLY ONE MORNING. Since the publication of A BIG BOY DID IT AND RAN AWAY he and his family decided to move away from Aberdeen and now live near Glasgow. Oh, yes.

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20th April 2006


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Time Warner Books


416 pages


Crime / Mystery
Books for the Boys
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