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This review is from: Not The End Of The World (Paperback)
My review title could apply to all of the five Brookmyre books I've had the pleasure to read to date. It is rare to find an author who writes with such incisivness, mixed with black humour, gutter language and the ability to create credible backround and protaganists, while embarking his readers on a crusade which they accept with tears and laughter in spite of themselves. All his writing is a question of degree. And having experienced the subject matter of this book at firsthand, I'm even more impressed. Satire and irony used in Brookmyre's language prove beyond doubt that the pen is mightier. Yes, it's absurd, but the world we live in is absurd, terrorists are terrible but they are also absurd (Country of the Blind) bank robbers are dangerous, they steal, but they are also absurd.( Sacred Art of Stealing).
In this instance, bible bashing is on the line. But his capacity to make laughing stock out of so many preconceived ideas,albeit disguised in the form of a humourous whodunnit, raises him for me to the status of a fine novelist whose talent and broadness of vision can only be recommended. He is unique.