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One Fine Day In The Middle Of The Night [Paperback]

Christopher Brookmyre
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3 Aug 2000
Gavin is creating a unique 'holiday experience', every facility any tourist who hates abroad will ever want, will all be available on a converted North Sea oil rig. To test the facilities he's hosting a reunion for his old school (none of his ex-classmates can remember him, but what the heck, it's free). He is so busy showing off that he doesn't notice that another group have invited themselves along -- a collection of terrorist mercenaries who are occasionally of more danger to themselves than to the public. And they in turn are unaware that Inspector MacGregor has got wind of their activities. Within twenty-four hours Gavin's dream has blown to the four winds, along with a lot of other things. Fast, rabidly funny, and seriously over the top.

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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 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,532 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.


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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely bloody brilliant! 29 May 2006
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great modern Scottish fiction 6 Mar 2001
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sottish Die Hard but better 7 Sep 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughs a plenty! 11 Aug 2005
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great laugh! 13 April 2006
Since starting with "Boiling a Frog" and "The Sacred Art of Stealing" I have been working my way through the Brookmyre novels and this is certainly one of the best I've read to date. The usual black humour, good writing and OTT plot are there but this has the bonus of being based on a pretty bizarre school reunion set on a converted oil rig. The characters are all eminently recognisable from everyone's school days (The Nutter, The Funny Guy, the Unattainable Girl etc etc) which just adds to the usual clever Brookmyre plot with obligatory twist. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One fine day ..............
Was recommended by a friend I bought for my Amazon Kindle to download, was nothing like I was expecting, but was excellent story, didnt want to stop reading it big FAB :)
Published 2 months ago by Snowy
4.0 out of 5 stars I just like Christopher Brookmyer books
I've not yet read a book by Christopher Brookmyer that I haven't liked. They are often dark and violent in parts but they also make me laugh and this one is no exception
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars eef's review
Didn't expect to enjoy this one (bookclub choice) but ended up being won over by
the author's eye for character detail and his ability to bring them alive amidst the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by E E Fairbairn
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be first core study choice for O level English
This is the best comedy drama to come out of Scotland since Macbeth. What do you mean that wasn't a comedy? It was Scottish history rewritten by an Englishman. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Walter Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars comedy criminal caper! :)
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Die Hard done Scottish-style, with loads more jokes!! Laugh out loud quips on every page. Loved it!!
Published 5 months ago by Mrs E.M. Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I loved this book. The plot is so unbelievable it may just be true and the humour is perfect. Scottish or not you will laugh out loud at the quips and it is so well written, you... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jayne Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Christopher Brookmyre
I have read every book Mr. Brookmyre has written. As far as I'm concerned he can do no wrong. He is a wonderful author
Published 6 months ago by Morag Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This book took a while to take hold as the preamble was, at times, a little slow. However, once you got to know the main characters I found the book very hard to put down!
Published 8 months ago by Antony Daniels
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
Typical anarchic comedy-thriller from Brookmyre. Not his best, for my money, but a good read nevertheless for any who share his dark sense of humour.
Published 8 months ago by OldHand
5.0 out of 5 stars The school reunion with humour and murder
Another excellent book by the fabulous Christopher Brookmyre - this one I particularly enjoyed as I have friends who live near the Cromarty Frith. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Corinne Lemar
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