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Plus One [Paperback]

Graeme Larmour
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9 May 2005
Adam Fortune is an adventurous but unambitious college dropout, happy to go wherever life takes him. It takes him far...

Enter PlusOne, a world where backs are stabbed, morals mean nothing but hope springs eternal...

Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Halfcut Publications (9 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954953509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954953508
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,544,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a limited man.

This is the first and most important thing you should know about me. Does that elicit any degree of sympathy from you? Some knee-jerk response not to put myself down?

It shouldn’t.

There are worse things to be than a limited man.

Much worse things.

Far better to be a limited man than, say, a talented coprophagist.

Besides, I have lived long enough as a limited man that I can use my limitation to its full potential. I know a little about a lot and I never find myself out of my depth because I always choose to float. I am floating now, even as I make my way to be sentenced. Not to death but, whatever the outcome of my sentence, I shall be killed.
This is the second thing you should know about me, although it isn’t really important.

Not important? Truly in the grand scheme of things it isn’t, if you’ll pardon the pun, a matter of life and death. The fact that I am about to be killed does not in any way define me, it simply defines my present situation. On another day my situation might be that I am, say, on my way to buy a pint of milk or to post a letter.

But not today.

Today I am to be killed. There is no family. There are no longer any friends, and to ask strangers for favour is to ask too much.

There is a third and final thing you should be aware of and this is that I am also a judge. Not in the penal sense of those who would condemn or acquit me in a court of law, but in the ephemeral sense of judging situations and moods. I make no claim of being able to read a man’s mind, though I can look into his eyes and intuitively grasp whatever it is he requires me to say or do.

This is not a skill I have always possessed, although it was learned with such stealth that by the time I became aware of this ability it was already fully formed, allowing me to read any situation as easily as a navigator reads a map. Of this I am an expert and through knowing when to act and when not to act I have risen - or fallen - to where I find myself today. This is my one and only true talent.

Like I said, I am a limited man.

But at least I can recognise and work within my limitation, a feat less exceptional men rarely manage.

Less exceptional men?

Like who for instance?

I’ll tell you all about them later on.

I’ll tell you a lot more besides. For the record, some of the names have been changed, some of the events have been exaggerated, a few diminished and many eradicated altogether. The rest of what you’ll read has hardly been altered at all.

The chronological order is almost certainly wrong in places, but then I’m not a historian and none of this is written with historians in mind. This isn’t about history. This is about something much more important than that.

Ladies and gentleman, my name is Adam Fortune and this is my story.

Do you recognise the name? Most people do. Have you seen the pictures? Most people have. But do you know who I am? I mean, really know who I am? Most people don’t, although many like to imagine they do.

Purely for the benefit of clarity, then, let me introduce myself...

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 22 May 2005
Plus One tells the story of Adam Fortune, a man who rises from pretty much nowhere to a spot on reality TV, only to end up on the run accused of murder.
Along the way there are some great lines and memorable characters (particularly fast-talking drug-dealer Speedy Pete and sardonic drag queen Kevin), but it's the image of the Rascal (an eccentric, heartbroken recluse) that really sticks in the mind and forms the core of this novel.
Overall, it's a great read - sometimes funny, sometimes very sad - with a great sense of atmosphere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Present 6 Feb 2006
I had never heard of Graeme Larmour or Plus One before being given this book as a Christmas present from my beloved. Consequently it went straight to the bottom of my reading pile - a mistake I won't make again!
From the onset we know the book's narrator is waiting to be executed, but for what or by whom we don't know. Throughout the remainder of the story, the web of the narrator's downfall is spun with more cliffhangers and unexpected plot developments than the standard soap opera.
A thoroughly satisfying read, whatever Larmour puts out next will be right at the top of my reading pile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it 16 Mar 2008
This book is clever, witty and thought provoking. I've read it about ten times now and it never ceases to be a page turner. I really did laugh out loud many times, it still made me snigger when I read it most recently. I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read Graeme's next novel.
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