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All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye [Paperback]

Christopher Brookmyre
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Book Description

20 April 2006
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 ...Visit the author's website at www. brookmyre.co.uk

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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New edition edition (20 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349117454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349117454
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye belongs to the half of Brookmyre's work less concerned with the state of the Scottish nation and more with what happens when iconically ordinary Scots are dumped into the middle of Hollywood plots. Here, we have, on the one hand, an international trouble-shooting organization most of whose agents are on the run from some sort of trouble themselves, and, on the other, a forty-something grandmother aware that life has passed her by and was not meant to. When someone tries to kidnap her grand-daughter, she responds with inventive viciousness; told to save her family by making a South of France rendezvous, she steals passports, cars and tickets as if she has always been doing it. Recruited merely as an expert on a missing boffin who happens to be her son, Jane demonstrates that the quiet desperation of ordinary life is the best training a super agent could have...This is Brookmyre at his most slyly subversive and viscerally exciting, a daydream which never quite becomes preposterous. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A sharp, memorable and occasionally surprisingly touching book.' Euan Ferguson, Observer 'Funny, electric and captivating.' Marcel Berlins, THE TIMES 'Memorably funny lines.' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'The usual rip-roaring narrative but with a vividly adult, sensitive edge.' GLASGOW HERALD 'Exotic locations, fast-moving storyline, snappy dialogue, a raunchy grandmother, espionage, violence, humour and a mad scientist- Brookmyre certainly knows how to pack a crime novel... definitely in a league of his own.' DAILY MIRROR 'As ever, Brookmyre can do madcap escapism which cocks a snook at the cliches of your average thriller while never letting up on the adrenaline, completely sucking you into the world of his devious imagination.' DAILY EXPRESS 'Very funny.' HEAT 'All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye belongs to the half of Brookmyre's work less concerned with the state of the Scottish nation and more with what happens when iconically ordinary Scots are dumped into the middle of Hollywood plots. Here, we have, on the one hand, an international trouble-shooting organization most of whose agents are on the run from some sort of trouble themselves, and, on the other, a forty-something grandmother aware that life has passed her by and was not meant to. When someone tries to kidnap her grand-daughter, she responds with inventive viciousness; told to save her family by making a South of France rendezvous, she steals passports, cars and tickets as if she has always been doing it. Recruited merely as an expert on a missing boffin who happens to be her son, Jane demonstrates that the quiet desperation of ordinary life is the best training a super agent could have...This is Brookmyre at his most slyly subversive and viscerally exciting, a daydream which never quite becomes preposterous.' Roz Kaveney, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I had read all of Christopher Brookmyre's other books before this was realeased, and was waiting for its publish date, then after publication I came and read some other reviews which slated it as an underwhelming read ... so I went on to read something else instead.

Well, I've just finished "All Fun and Games" and found it thoroughly enjoyable ... sure it isn't full of the gut wrenching, stomach churning humour of the other books ... but once I was started on it and the story got going ... I still couldn't put it down until I'd finished it.

If you've read, and enjoyed, his other books ... have a read of this one, and don't be put off by the more critical reviews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brookmyre at his best 7 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I just love comedy in crime novels and no one does it better than Brookmyre. I've read all of his books and this one is my favourite.

I agree with some of the reviewers that it does take a while for it to get going (the start being somewhat laboured), but if you can forgive the first few chapters and persevere, it soon turn into a very page-turning and wonderfully humorous (black comedy) story from there on in.

Great scenario that the mother, Jane, (a James Bond fanatic), is recruited in to find her missing son. But there are lots of well thought through characters and sub plots to keep you entertained throughout.

If you've never read a Brookmyre book, treat yourself to this one! And if like me, you are into the dark comedy crime genre, then The Dealer by Tony Royden is another gem that I would highly recommend you try.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's left me wanting more... 8 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
Other reviews on this page suggest that this isn't a good Brookmyre for the non-initiated. If that's the case, I'm really looking forward to reading his others! Having finished AFAG last night I've already purchased my second Brookmyre and can't wait to get started.

True, the beginning is slower paced than the rest of the book but one of the reasons that the end is so riveting is because you are completely taken by the characters by that point and actually care about what will happen to them. So the build up adds to the pace and enjoyment in the end.

I wonder whether he'll follow it up with more "Jane Bell" novels...?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First chapter is a slog 4 Sep 2006
Format:Paperback
Get past the first chapter - a bit pedestrian and confusing - and enjoy the fun, laughs and excitement that are to come. This is the first Brookmyre novel that I have read, but it certainly won't be the last (another is waiting on the shelf for me even as I write).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of fun and games 24 Aug 2006
By Tealady2000 VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
My friends rave about Christoper Brookmyre so I thought I'd buy this to read on my summer holiday. To be honest I struggled a bit during the first chapter - it didn't really engage me. But after that it was brilliant and I couldn't put it down. I loved the middle-aged heroine Jane Fleming and the crazy, action-packed plot. The Scottish characters are oh so real. Great stuff - I will definitely read more by this author.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Girls kick ass! 18 July 2005
Format:Paperback
I am a huge fan of Christopher's novels though did find that the last one was a little predictable and formulaic.
I absolutely love "All fun and games". I think his writing of the female characters was sympathetic and accurate, something that I found rather a surprise. It was again a wonderful and fantastical romp that I found very hard to put down.
It is also a very good entry into the novelists work if you are new to him. Having totally new characters made for interesting back stories. Not as political or ranting as some of his other works which might make a more comfortable read for the unconverted.
I agree with other reviewers that it is very cinematic in style and would make a wonderful movie - let's just hope that ITV don't put their idiotic fingers on this or any other Brookmyer piece.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have to put things into perspective 28 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
OK, just finished reading the reviews and I have to ask what people were expecting from this book. I have been reading Brookmyre since the beginning, not relgiously but whenever a new book of his appears in paperback I always buy it knowing what I will get.

And what you get here is a slightly slow starting (and I mean only the first 15 pages or so) book that has true laugh out loud moments in - I defy anyone not to giggle when the line is delievered "....the car in front is actually a Lamborghini....", I had people on the train giving me 'the look' when I was giggling at some of the lines in the book.

It entertains and excites and has a wonderful set set of one liners, enjoy !!!!!

PS Passed it on to my mother to read, she got thrown out of her pensioners yoga club for laughing too much whilist reading it - so perhaps she gives it 5 stars too.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasantly surprised 27 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
I was actually looking for some realistic, breath-stopping thrillers on my last Amazon spending spree, so when this one appeared on my screen and I read the synopsis and reviews, I initially discarded it. However, as an ex-pat Scot, the idea of a book set in my home town, with a heroine my own age, meant I somehow kept coming back to it and eventually, although not without misgivings, added it to my basket as a final item before going to check-out. Where books are concerned, I don't overly subscribe to the idea of saving the best till last and, as I was still having doubts about the wisdom of my puchase, I read all the other books in my parcel first. I finally picked it up on a Friday evening and the rather slow start mentioned by other reviewers was starting to convince me I'd made a dud choice. However, since the only other thing I had to read at the time was the local sports paper, I persevered and I am delighted that I did. It picked up after maybe half a dozen or so pages to the extent that I begrudged putting it down to see to the evening meal. I had finished it before lunch the next day. It gave me a few nostalgic moments when I came across some turns of phrase I'd not used or heard since I was a kid, but most of all, it was just great fun to read. This was my first Christopher Brookmyre book, but it certainly won't be my last.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
fantastic book I found it so funny it made me laugh out loud. The author has such insight and understanding
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. S. Boys
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good read
If ever a book can be considered a cracking good read, this is it. Totally enthralling from start to finish. And lucky me, I've two more to read.
Published 5 months ago by Sandra Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars A slow start turned into a great romp
I found this a little slow and confusing to start with but soon got drawn into the characters and the plot, and didn't want to put it down. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kate
4.0 out of 5 stars Thriller with a down to earth feel.
Haven't yet finished the book but I can't wait to find out what happens next......always the sign of a good book in my view! Read more
Published 8 months ago by DPR
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Witty and full of action - Christopher Brookmyre seems so much better, at present, than his alter ego 'Chris Brookmyre'!
Published 9 months ago by Grable
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as easy to get into as some of his other books
I usually scream with laughter at Mr B's books, but htis one leaves me a little cold, too much going on and too many characters at once, doesn't leave me with a sense of place of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
Action. Adventure. Intrigue. And of course, Brookmyre writes with his engaging style. I thought this an excellent story, well crafted, and I'll read others in the future.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. O. J. Proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars Different...
...but still excellent. An interesting diversion for Christopher Brookmyre - dark and cynical as ever but with a few unexpected twists.

Liked it a lot.
Published 14 months ago by Darth Gixxer
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I'm working my way through Chris Brookmyre's back catalogue, and loving it so far. This is another good read, although I'd like to have seen at least one of the sappier characters... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mark Schofield
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly fun and games
My 10th Brookmyre and although it has great set pieces and wonderful characters - notably Bett and Jane - it is not quite up there with One Fine Day or The Sacred Art. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dillon the Villain
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