I've had my Brookmyres on pre-order from Amazon ever since "Ugly One Morning", even tho' my faith wavered after the dire "Pandaemonium". But no more! This latest one is sadly lacking in the old energy - in fact it's almost DULL.
I think Brookmyre's forgotten what made him so good in the first place, and he's now trying to write Grown Up. As a result, the book is clogged up by:-
* 'Proper' words like "ostensibly", "exacerbated", etc, instead of the old joyous, salty slang;
* A 'womans' point of view, god help us, man, stick to what you know. The sex scenes from the viewpoint of DI Catherine McLeod were embarrassing;
* Some of the most laborious driving you could imagine - "He drove east along the Gallowgate, past the Barrowland and round the dog-leg up to Tollcross Road. His pace was steady and careful [you're telling me].....he turned left off Tollcross Road before it became Hamilton Road, heading north past Tolllcross Park..." on and on we go. OK, you've convinced us, you know Glasgow. Every Brookmyre since "Ugly One Morning" has contained padding, but the padding has always been FUN before.
Off to re-read "Boiling A Frog"