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Boiling a Frog

Boiling a Frog [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Brookmyre
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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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


'Hiaasen is one of America's finest satirists. Brookmyre is Britain's' -- Observer

'Surreal, satirical, irreverent, violent and immensely funny.' -- The Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 461 KB
  • Print Length: 411 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0751531820
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (16 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051GY4ZA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,112 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary... But the best I've read in months! 6 Nov 2000
By A Customer
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars slow to start with but worth sticking with it 29 Jun 2004
By A Customer
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for Brookmyre Babies 4 May 2004
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Satire at its best 23 July 2003
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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2.0 out of 5 stars A pot-boiler by a writer going off the boil? 13 Feb 2001
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best book I've read this year. 28 Nov 2000
By A Customer
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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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit too serious 23 Nov 2000
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Brookmyre's best 17 Aug 2000
By A Customer
I have now read each of Christopher Brookmyre's 5 books, and have bought the last 3 as soon as they have been published. It really pains me to say this, but Boiling a Frog is not the best of the five by any means. It is without doubt a really good book, but does not keep your attention in the same way as most of the others have. What really irritated me was the way the book has a kind of 300 page introduction, most of which is setting the scene and jumping between time frames. I got so bored waiting for the action to begin that the book was nearly over by the time I had reached that point. Thankfully, Boiling a Frog has everyone's favourite journalistic hack in it, but Parlabane is relegated to a minor role in the first three-quarters of the book. Again, by the time the story centres on him and his antics, there is really nothing left to do but swing in and save the day. I'm a huge Christopher Brookmyre fan and have absolutely loved the last four books, but this one left me quite bored by the end. The character definition and devious plot are as well-crafted as ever, but the book never really gets going. A shame really. Still, go read all the others as they are excellent and should all be made into movies.....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Boiling a frog
Well written, creative and challenging, but it offends in a number of places if your support a specific political party or are of a certain faith.
Published 1 month ago by john allan morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisty and turny as you like
Very,very,very,very good book, I would recommend this author to anyone with an IQ over 100 and a love of the conspiratorial.
Published 6 months ago by stephen waller
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to do with frogs!
Very, very funny. It takes a while to get your head round the passages written in "Glaswiegen" but it's well worth the effort.
Published 7 months ago by Susan Musgrave
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever writing as usual
Brookmyre invites you to examine morals and preconceived ideas from the age of spin. His endearing and exciting investigative reporter, Mr Parlabane finds himself on the wrong side... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Brookmyre
Very witty and dark with several unexpected twists. Really like the Scottish atmosphere and feel. I will read more of his books
Published 8 months ago by ian stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this author
Yet another masterpiece by Christopher Brookmyre - I just love anything by this author and this did not disappoint. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Corinne Lemar
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Parlabane is at it again
The wisecracking Glaswegian journalist gets himself in hot water this time round.
His first day in prison had me crying onto my kindle screen.
Fooaltiye... Read more
Published 16 months ago by C. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars boiling a frog
A great read from an amusing author.Would recomend this to anyone who enjoys a lighthearted book from a great writer
Published 16 months ago by Weeme
5.0 out of 5 stars boiling a frog
Fab read as are all Christopher's other books. Cannot rate his books high enough. Very funny, I have his latest on order!
Published 17 months ago by Ann Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I'm hardly ever disappointed by Chris Brookmyre, and this was as good as any. A cracking story, with the usual quota of insight which always make his books more than just a good... Read more
Published 17 months ago by P Carr
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