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Not the End of the World,
This review is from: Not The End Of The World (Paperback)
"Not the end of the world" is my second dip into the writings of Christopher Brookmyre and once again I can happily report that I have been both delighted and well entertained by this peach of a book.
Steff Kennedy is the Scottish photographer who finds himself in Los Angeles reporting on the American Feature Film Market, a large exhibition where all the small B-Movie makers gather together to peddle their sometimes questionable wares. Just to complicate matters the evangelical American League of Decency led by the ex-Presidential candidate Luther St John has also decided to set up camp just across from the AFFM festival and stage their own gathering of religious led celebrations.
This headache is the problem of LAPD sergeant Larry Freeman who has the inevitable job of looking after security. When a mysterious ship is found just off the coast with all crew missing things look like they may not be destined to run all that smoothly. When the boat is then subsequently linked to Luther St John things look like they are definitely not going to be running smoothly.
Like the other book of Mr Brookmyre's I have read, "Country of the blind" he likes to take a subject and then take it to task in his own special way. Here the subject that gets the full treatment is religion and especially that of the American TV Evangelists. The caustic and unforgiving way he takes full advantage of the subject makes for a most entertaining and sometimes laugh out loud read.
The characters are also superbly crafted and the reader will soon feel an affiliation with the good guys and a deep dislike of the baddies. The rather clichéd relationship that develops between Steff and Maddy is pretty carbon copy but is none the less enjoyable for that and the reader is firmly rooting for them the whole book through. I found the background given to the characters fully worthwhile and thought this was a useful addition to rounding these characters off.
Christopher Brookmyre is an author who demands the reader's full attention when reading the book. You can't pick one of his books up and casually flick through a few hundred pages at a sitting. Still when the story is an engaging as this one that's no bad thing.