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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (3 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349112096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349112091
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.5 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,153 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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Christopher Brookmyre's One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night is a lethal farce in which nothing goes quite according to plan. The mercenaries and terrorists who seize an oil rig converted into an international resort are almost too busy wanting to kill each other to get on with the job, for one thing, and, for another, the group they take hostage are a high-school reunion rather than the conference of the internationally famous they are expecting. One of the high-school year went on to be a famous gangland hardman before reforming, and another is a darkly brilliant comic whose career is on the skids--and a couple more have spent far too much time in the cinema not to know what Bruce Willis would do... This is a splendidly constructed darkly funny novel in which the oddest things prove suddenly lethal and in which the imagined geography of a closed environment is at once a trap, and a playground for heroism, double cross and the sudden discovery of true love. The running gags and knowingness about movies ought to be less amusing than they are, but Brookmyre's underlying affection for ordinary people and contempt for bullies stops them being self-indulgent.

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A high octane sense of the absurd (THE TIMES)

Tremendous fun (THE GUARDIAN)

The next star of the genre seems set to be Christopher Brookmyre (Mark Lawson)

Dark, violent and very funny. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

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William Connor was standing outside a disused cattleshed on a bright Highland summer's morning, ankle-deep in cowshit, liquidised mercenary raining splashily down about his head from the crisp blue sky above. Read the first page
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By gillian_cull@hotmail.com on 6 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
In the midst of a shoot-out on an oil rig, Ally McQuade and his old English teacher Mrs Laurence commiserate about the awfulness of the school reading list and the tedious hours spent ploughing through Grassic Gibbon's "A Scots Quair". Readers educated in Scotland will sympathise. It's definitely time One Fine Day, a beautifully crafted novel from one of Scotland's best writers of modern fiction, made it onto the Higher lists instead.
Like Christopher Brookmyre's earlier books, this is a page-turner, with a satisfyingly tight plot. Brookmyre is accomplished enough in the thriller-fiction genre to play around with its cliches, and the reader's expectations, to hilarious effect. He does a lovely line in dry humour - though very occasionally, an overdose of authorial irony threatens to slip the tone into Terry Pratchett territory. Brookmyre's sharp wit comes over best through his glorious cast of Paisley-bred characters. All are recognisable, deftly drawn, and their dialogue begs to be read out loud. Has anybody bought the film rights yet?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. D. MacFarlane on 29 May 2006
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I have read this book so many times that some of the pages are beginning to fall out!

Brookmyre's writing style is witty and clever, wonderfully bringing to life his characters and the situation they find themselves in. A school reunion on a converted oil rig goes disastrously wrong as a group of not-so-professional mercenaries try to take control of the rig. Despite the differences they once had on the playground, the now mature ex-students and their English teacher must band together to save themselves.

Featuring guns, bombs, rocket launchers and a laundry chute, this is one of the best books I have ever read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Sept. 1999
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I bought this book before departing on holiday as the first book I had bought to take, I had finshed in two days (Mark Radcliffe Showbusiness - Diary of a Rock and Roll Nobody *Superb*). I picked this book in preference to the thousands of others only due to the fact that I am friends with the authors sister. Being a Scot who has moved away from home I usually avoid Scottish books so I bought with trepidation. I needn't have worried the book was thouroughly entertaining and the Scottishness was not overplayed. The style of writing, like a number of short stories interwoven and coming together in a tumultuous ending was intensly gripping. I almost forgot that I was stuck up an Austrian Mountain surrounded by hoardes of German children, (Sound of Music meets teletubbies). The book was easy to read, the style is so natural it would make you think that you to could write a best seller. The dialogue is suberb and will make you laugh out loud. The depiction of the highland police is hilarious and probably, more worryingly, realistic. Well worth £10 of anyones money you will read this book again and again. I'm off to buy the others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Davidson on 8 Feb. 2004
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This is the kind of book you read in one or two sittings.
Right from the off, the tone is set with humour and violence mixed together in a way that the movies this book alludes to hardly ever achieve.
The memories of school in 1970's/80s Scotland are cringingly accurate and the characters and dialogue are spot on.
The humour comes from both the situation and from the banter of the schoolmates as they first reminisce about the old days, then as the plot unfolds, get involved in a dangerous hostage situation.
There are archetypes (and clichés) in abundance and there are very few real surprises in the plot, but none the less this is an extremely engaging and amusing read. (The kind where you chortle a lot and irritate everyone else in the room by reading out the one-liners..)
In book terms, Brookmyre is a Scottish version of Carl Hiassen but with more wit and better stories.
In movie terms this swims in the waters between Die Hard and Pulp Fiction.
(Funnier than Die Hard, less sex and drugs than Pulp Fiction)
Eminently filmable but equally easy to get horribly wrong (can you imagine it working if re-cast off the American coast ?) so probably best left alone !
Overall a very good book by an author who is consistently readable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By allan is cool on 11 Aug. 2005
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I can't recommend this book highly enough - A mixture of small town Scottish high school nostalgia and over-the-top hollywood gunplay (yes, really!), which turned out to be the funniest book I've read in ages. Many a laugh out loud moment was to be had with this.
My only criticism is that after slowly building the characters and setting the scene, the author seemed to want to get the action over as quickly as possible. Only a minor detraction from what is an action packed pageturner and a half.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug. 2000
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Read this novel, read all the reviews here on Amazon, then ask yourself if there isn't more going on than just McDie Hard starring a Scottish Bruce Willis. Who really are the real life models for the characters?... The beauty of this book, complete with its slightly implausible plot and sly links back to earlier Brookmyre novels, is that it is a parody. the characters are close enought to real life to be satirical, but it is affectionate and deeply good humoured in style as well as in the one liners and comic set pieces. The layers of plotting and the reverent nods of the head not just to the cinema, but right the way back to Robert Louis Stevenson give the lie to the image of Brookmyre as just a man who can tell a funny story. It's all too easy to dismiss this book as a potboiler, or an over the top pastiche, and not realise that it's underpinned by a love and respect for ordinary people, and a bitter anger at the stupidity of the world we live in that isn't just cynicism for the sake of it. Everyone who reads this book will have a favourite setpiece, but the real joy of the book is in the moments between the setpieces. Oh, even the love stories are fun, and i'm no romantic...
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