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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Long Midnight Publishing; New edition edition (2 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954138716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954138714
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (364 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 868,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DOUGLAS LINDSAY was born in Scotland in 1964 at 2:38a.m. It rained.
Some decades later he left to live in Belgium. Meeting his future wife, Kathryn, he took the opportunity to drop out of reality and join her on a Foreign & Commonwealth Office posting to Senegal. It was here that he developed the character of Barney Thomson, while sitting in an air-conditioned apartment drinking gin & tonic at eight o'clock in the morning. Since the late 1990s, he has penned seven books in the Barney series, and several other crime novels written in the non-traditional style. His first book, The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson, has been translated into several languages and will soon be released as the major motion picture event, The Legend of Barney Thomson, starring Robert Carlyle, Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone.

Find out more at www.douglaslindsay.com

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Gleefully macabre, hugely enjoyable black burlesque. -- The Scotsman, February 12, 1999

Lindsay has succeeded magnificently in putting the lowly barber centre-stage. -- Time Out, March, 1999

Pitch-black comedy spun from the finest writing. Fantastic plot, unforgettable scenes and plenty of twisted belly laughs. -- New Woman, March, 1999

The plot is a modern spin on Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment. The bloody ending is pure Reservoir Dogs. -- The Mirror, February 12, 1999

This chilling black comedy unfolds at dizzying speed...an impressive debut novel. -- Sunday Mirror , February 7, 1999

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"Lindsay has succeeded magnificently in putting the lowly barber centre-stage." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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There's nowhere worse than Glasgow on a freezing cold, dank, sodden day in March, especially when your car is in the garage undergoing repairs costing twice NASA's annual budget, and you are obliged to spend your day cutting hair. Read the first page
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Horrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 April 2011
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Barney Thomson is a barber. Relegated to the chair furthest from the window he is generally ignored by customers who all seem to want one of the other two barbers in the shop to cut their hair.

Incapable of the usual inane and meaningless conversation that barbers everywhere are famed for, ignored by his wife who prefers to watch bad soap operas to talking to him and dominated by his slightly senile 85 year old mother, Barney really is one of the least interesting people in the world. That is until his two fellow barbers go missing and his mother dies all in the space of one week.

Meanwhile the police are hunting a serial killer who has been sending random body parts to the families of the victims from all over Scotland. Could Barney be the killer or is he just a victim of circumstance?

This is a rather funny very dark Scottish comedy that has some flashes of utter brilliance. The titles of the soap operas watched by Barney's wife and the character names are hysterical! There is also a fair amount of Glaswegian slang and I have to confess to having to look up quite a few words and phrases, but I thought this added feel to the book.

At just under 4000 Kindle locations this is a full length novel that will give you several hours of enjoyable reading. Presentation on the Kindle is also well up to standard with no obvious formatting errors.

Overall: 5 stars - Very dark and very funny. You won't look at your own barber in the same way after reading this book!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Dec 2001
Format: Paperback
I first came to read this book on the recommendation of an Amazon review. I found it to be totally hilarious, with a very original plot. The Glaswegian accents only served to make the dialogue even funnier and the banter between characters is unbeatable. I never really gave much thought to barbers (being a woman!), but this has definitely changed my way of thinking!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ian Butler-Parsons on 16 July 2001
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Having only just discovered this masterpiece by Douglas Lindsay I'm already well into the second. This is pure genius - the superb characters, the Glasweigan banter and the throwaway lines make it one of the best books I've read in years. It's so well written that you cannot second guess what's coming next. Now where can I get a Kevin Keegan '74?!?!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb 1999
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The Long Midnight of Barney Thompson is that rare animal - a black comedy that really is black and yet truly funny. From its macabre opening in a wet and windy Glasgow, the book continues at great pace to a bizarre and wonderfully wrought climax by the shores of a dark Scottish loch. Anyone who has ever sat musing in a barber's chair will recognise the accuracy of the characterisation - although the level of debate, or "patter" as the locals call it, transcends most of the repartee to be found in my local purveyor of short back and sides. This is a racy and well crafted book which will entertain and absorb. Don't miss it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midnight on 20 Nov 2011
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A wife so pre-occupied with TV soaps, she barely manages to have a conversation; a more than a bit dottled 84 year old mother who's an enthusiastic devotee of TV quiz shows with the most bizarre titles; and work colleagues he cannot abide. This is the most humdrum life of poor, wretched, miserable Barney Thomson, a barber living in Glasgow. However, everything is soon to change - a serial killer is on the loose and the ensuing carnage presents Barney with almost insurmountable challenges.

I had laughed all the way through the Barney Thomson novella The End Of Days so I was looking forward to reading the first in the series of Barney Thomson stories. 'The Long Midnight' certainly did not disappoint; in fact, I ended up being banished to another room to continue reading it as everyone else got fed up with me laughing and then diligently trying to explain what I was finding so amusing!

Douglas Lindsay manages to capture and parody so much from everyday life then skillfully fuses it into a witty crime/murder story. The result is a tremendously entertaining black comedy.

The ending leaves you in no doubt there must be a sequel and I cannot wait to find out what happens in the next story.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By duncan.williams1@talk21.com on 22 Aug 2001
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When I started to read this book I knew there was going to be a murder but couldn't believe that Barney was capable of such a thing, which he clearly isn't. However the murder(s) happen and I lost valuable hours of sleep unable to stop reading this hilarious tale. It hasn't made me scared to go to the barbers but it has made me very wary of my work colleagues.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By annacrosbie@aol.com on 12 Aug 2001
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This book was refreshingly original and really, really funny! The plot is superb, and as for poor Barney Thompson ... what a guy! I recommend this book to everyone; like me, you'll wonder on earth why you hadn't heard of Barney already.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Noir Fan on 11 Mar 2011
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I downloaded this after seeing a recommendation by bestselling crime writer, Sam Millar whose latest thriller The Darkness of Bones The Darkness of Bones is just out for the Kindle. This is a dark and very funny story despite the fact we are dealing with murder and death. Grab a copy now!
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