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Be My Enemy by Christopher Brookmyre
  

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A fast, action-packed, page-turning novel of corporate bonding that plummets into mayhem in a complicated plot that is set in and around an historic mansion. It’s classic Brookmyre; humorous, thrilling stuff. You really have to read this man, a star for the future. Since this is not his best (although brilliant), you’ve got some real thrills in store once you become hooked on him. You may have caught James Nesbitt in an earlier one on television, Quite Ugly One Morning.

Comparison: James Hawes, Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Fowler.

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Synopsis

Be My Enemy by Christopher Brookmyre

By now, readers know what to expect from the remarkable Mr Brookmyre, and Be My Enemy has all the hallmarks of his caustic wit. The protagonist of his earlier books, the wry Jack Parlabane, makes a welcome reappearance, faced with an intriguing professional problem: he is to take part in a weekend of "corporate teambuilding" in the comfortable surroundings of a secluded estate. But quite what sort of course is this? Jack's instincts as a no-holds-barred hack, skilled at uncovering unpalatable truths, warn him that something unusual is in the offing--but he's not quite prepared for the extremely dangerous sideshow that is to accompany the corporate makeovers.

Reviews

'Ingenious satire.'
HEAT

'This is a wickedly funny crime novel.'
SUNDAY TIMES

'Satisyingly develops the rare combination of jokes and jolts of which Brookmyre is the finest exponent apart from the American writer Carl Hiaasen.'
GUARDIAN

'His dialogue fizzes with energy and wit, and the often gruesome, black humour is unparalleled.'
VENUE

'Brookmyre segues from comedy to thriller without missing a beat.'
ARENA

'Leaves you breathless with excitement.'
DAILY EXPRESS

'Pacy, funny and genuinely thrilling... It's the kind of thing Agatha Christie would have written if she'd been off her tits on manky crack.'
TIME OUT

'Christopher Brookmyre is a mischievious satirist, and here he is at his best.'
DAILY TELEGRAPH

'As a writer he's a one-man delivery system for witty one-liners, as well as being bitter, cynical, hard-bitten, and pragmatic to boot.'
IRISH INDEPENDENT

'The most mischievous white-knuckle writer on the bookshelf'
Daily Express

'Sharply satirical and poignantly funny, this is a gripping and highly entertaining read.'
Time Out

'Chris Brookmyre is a genius.'
Mirror

'Brookmyre has no equal.'
Maxim

'Brookmyre is a brilliant satirist...an absolute must read'
Punch

'Exhilarating linguistic fluency and keenly subversive intelligence'
Scotland on Sunday

'By now, readers know what to expect from the remarkable Mr Brookmyre, and Be My Enemy has all the hallmarks of his caustic wit. The protagonist of his earlier books, the wry Jack Parlabane, makes a welcome reappearance, faced with an intriguing professional problem: he is to take part in a weekend of corporate teambuilding in the comfortable surroundings of a secluded estate. But quite what sort of course is this? Jack's instincts as a no-holds-barred hack, skilled at uncovering unpalatable truths, warn him that something unusual is in the offing--but he's not quite prepared for the extremely dangerous sideshow that is to accompany the corporate makeovers. This is wonderfully abrasive stuff, full of the scabrous insights that we read Brookmyre for, and it's good to see ideas shoehorned into the satirically biting prose; while never neglecting the crucial task of keeping us turning those pages, Brookmyre makes some sharp points here; one of them being that we all harbour certain fascist tendencies, stifling a desire to put paid to those who go against us. The Highland country house in Be My Enemy functions as a hot house in which certain ideas along these lines can be explored--and Brookmyre's conclusions are just as likely to upset politically correct leftwingers as they are to ruffle the feathers of staunch conservatives. But don't get the idea that this is any kind of a tract: Brookmyre is a man who knows that ideas in novels must always be at the service of the narrative and that's very much the case here. Jack Parlabane's one-liners are as spot-on as ever, and the juggling of violence and black humour is as precisely judged as we expect from this writer.' - Barry Forshaw, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW'


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.

Author Photo © Tricia Malley Ross Gillespie

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Publication date

2nd September 2004

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Christopher Brookmyre

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Publisher

Time Warner Books

Format

Paperback (b Format)
416 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780349116815

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