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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (1 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349114137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349114132
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,119 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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In Christopher Brookmyre's first two thrillers, Quite Ugly One Morning andCountry of the Blind, his investigative reporter hero Jack Parlabane was a partisan crusader against the sleaze and cronyism of the latter days of Conservative government. In the excellent new Boiling a Frog, Jack finds himself far more confused in an era of spin, so confused, indeed, that he finds himself in jail for burgling the offices of the Catholic Church in Scotland. For once, we know far more than he does--that the outbreak of public morality that has followed a child-porn scandal is as spurious as the photographs which turned up on the hard discs of various senior Labour figures; the excitement here is in watching Parlabane follow his nose through a web of deceit and murder to the truth. By turns passionately analytical and uproariously bawdy, Boiling a Frog works equally well as thriller and satire, a scathingly truthful caricature of the New Scotland. It also has a heart--Brookmyre is as good on the well-characterised plotters' consciences as he is on Parlabane's jail encounters with comically menacing thugs. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Surreal, satirical, irreverent, violent and immensely funny. (THE TIMES)

Hiaasen is one of America's finest satirists. Brookmyre is Britain's (OBSERVER)

This merciless satire is so painfully accurate that the political establishment will read it and weep . . . Boiling a Frog hits a tender spot that for MSPs, their acolytes and, more worryingly, their spin doctors will be uncomfortably close to home (SCOTSMAN)

New Labour, the Scottish Parliament, the Catholic Church, the tabloid press, spin doctors - all of them are given a thorough knifing by Brookmyre's razor-sharp pen (MAXIM)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jun. 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm a big fan of Brookmyre and yet again, he pulls it off with an inspired read.
A dark satirical look at modern day Scotland and, although the plot may seem far-fetched at first, in actual fact its worryingly believable!
I did find it quite slow to start with but it was well worth persevering with it as the pace soon picked up and the story had me on the edge of my seat! In fact, by the end, I simply couldn't put it down!
Although this is admittedly not Brookymyre's best novel, it is a cracking read all the same and wholeheartedly recommended!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov. 2000
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I started with 'Quite ugly...' because Prachett recommended it as a good reading in an interview. A few weeks later I was through all his published works and eagerly waiting for the 'Boiling...' to arrive.
As a not-native speaker of English languague it was quite a chore reading his slang-filled books, but it was worth it, oh yes, by far! Reading one of Brookmyres books I have encountered three feelings - laughter that makes passers-by turn their heads and tsk-tsk disapprovingly; recognition ('Wow, he writes about how the things really are!') and panic ('God, what if the things really are the way he describes them?')
'Boiling a Frog' is not the best first book of Brookmyre to read, but it's an eagerly awaited sequel for those who have enjoyed Parlabane's past 'adventuers'. My favourite is still 'Not the end of the world', though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "acissejtseb" on 4 May 2004
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This was my first Brookmyre read, and I was astounded by the hours of enjoyment that I received from this novel; alas, they were simply over far too quickly.
Although, as I believe has been noted by others, a quite unbelievable plot, Brookmyre offers an original and witty take on the perilous nature of politics, religion, New Scotland and the nature of society in this dark and brooding tale.
A story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and at times feeling rather queasy, (hacking people's heads off with saws, sharpened steel rulers through parts of the body, that sort of thing) I raced through the pages to find out how the truly addictive plot and characters could possibly sort out the mess they had got themselves into.
With a quite obviously marvellous talent for encompassing the reader into the deceitful world of the plot, I will certainly be looking to submerge myself into Brookmyre's world again sometime soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Nov. 2000
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I liked One Fine Day (which I read a few weeks before Boiling a Frog) but would have given it 7 out of 10 if asked. Boiling a Frog I finished at 3.15 in the morning..... As someone not getting enough sleep as it is (8 week old baby). it speaks volumes about the readability of this book that I was able to stay awake long enough to have to finish it. Excellent book. Good plot and it all ties up reasonably enough as well. Also gives you plenty to think about vis a vis the current political climate in UK. I checked my computer cache the following day... read the book to find out more...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "steve166" on 23 July 2003
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I found this the most compelling of Brookmyre's books. The dialogue was sharp, humourous and realistic. Furthermore, the character development was superb as his is trademark. And, above all, it was very very funny.
Granted, the plot was unrealistic. But, on the other hand, this is, like his others, a satirical novel so this is not completely surprising. And in any case, the fast-moving and engaging writing style more than compensated for this.
Overall, a hugely enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2001
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A big Brookmyre fan, I was first in line for a copy of Boiling a Frog. Great disappointment! He's too good a writer to write a positively bad book, but this one is nowhere near up to his previous stuff. The story sounds good in synopsis, but takes ages to get going and lacks the usual eclectic and convincing mix of characters. Prison scenes dull, political intrigue duller. Most of the characters are unconvincingly monotone. Less funny, less exciting, just generally less.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Nov. 2000
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Having bought,enjoyed and passed all his books on like an evangelist, I have waited what seems like years for the paperback edtion of Boiling a Frog. To say that I was disappointed is an understatement,because whilst being a fully paid up aetheist, this book just seemed to be a rant about the catholics with a bit of politics thrown in for good measure. Nowhere near as funny as One Fine Day..and just a bit too serious for my tastes. Have to wait for the next one now.
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By A Customer on 23 Nov. 2000
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Not for the faint hearted or weak bladdered; Boiling a Frog is the latest in a line of excellent novels from Chris Brookmyre, ex movie journalist and St. Mirren supporter. Jack Parlabane has been up to his tricks again, only with Parlabane those tricks are kept under his jumper rather than up his sleeve. Chastised by the Scottish leagal system we catch up with him during his first interaction with another of those persons detained at Her Majisty's pleasure, The Sweariad soon ensues. There are passages in BaF that had me doubled up with laughter and this is a wonderfully common trait in Brookmyres' work. Urinary incontinance is not normally a problem I have but I was laughing so hard at times that it started to loom ever nearer on the horizon. Take Billy Connolly and combine hime with Ian Rankin and you might be lucky to get work of the same calibre. Brookmyres description of Scottish life and Scottish politics is spot on, many people have already drawn parallels with the Section 28 debachle and the plot of the book.I can't wait until "A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away" is published as it's sure to be thought provoking, offensive and riotously funny in equal measures.
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