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Not THAT bad,
This review is from: Be My Enemy (Paperback)
Jack Parlabane returns to confront Highland Country Hotel slaughter (no reference to Mrs P's maiden name). With Tim Vale in tow Parlabane is invited to participate in a management/team-building weekend. After a surprisingly positive start the weekend descends into chaos. An extreme right-wing group of psychopaths and human-safari hunters attempts to turn the Hotel into a slaughter house leaving Vale and to a lesser extent Parlabane and Co. to fight for their lives.
Vale is a marvellously wrought character with support from the familiar Parlabane. Here Brookmyre fleshes Vale out a little without exploding the enjoyable mystery of the gentleman-agent. The plot twists unexpectedly in places and there is the odd bit of evil ingenuity from vale and Parlabane. Brookmyre leads us by the hand a little at the start, recounting some of Parlanbane's previous adventures in a manner that has clearly irritated some of the other reviewers. I'd suspect this introductory material is at the behest of agent/publisher. Nevertheless, the book contains much originality and many of the supposed resemblances to "One Fine Day" are superficial or can be forgiven. I've re-read Be my Enemy once already and would argue the gems it contains clearly outweigh the disappointments. Hard to decide on whether this is a 4/5 or 3/5. I've gone with 3/5 because ultimately it doesn't rank with "One Fine Day" or "A Big Boy Did it" (to which it is most comparable).