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Boiling A Frog Paperback – 3 May 2001

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (3 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751531820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751531824
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 966,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Christopher Brookmyre's first two thrillers, Quite Ugly One Morning andCountry of the Blind, his investigative reporter hero Jack Parlabane was a partisan crusader against the sleaze and cronyism of the latter days of Conservative government. In the excellent new Boiling a Frog, Jack finds himself far more confused in an era of spin, so confused, indeed, that he finds himself in jail for burgling the offices of the Catholic Church in Scotland. For once, we know far more than he does--that the outbreak of public morality that has followed a child-porn scandal is as spurious as the photographs which turned up on the hard discs of various senior Labour figures; the excitement here is in watching Parlabane follow his nose through a web of deceit and murder to the truth. By turns passionately analytical and uproariously bawdy, Boiling a Frog works equally well as thriller and satire, a scathingly truthful caricature of the New Scotland. It also has a heart--Brookmyre is as good on the well-characterised plotters' consciences as he is on Parlabane's jail encounters with comically menacing thugs. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Surreal, satirical, irreverent, violent and immensely funny. (THE TIMES)

Hiaasen is one of America's finest satirists. Brookmyre is Britain's (OBSERVER)

This merciless satire is so painfully accurate that the political establishment will read it and weep . . . Boiling a Frog hits a tender spot that for MSPs, their acolytes and, more worryingly, their spin doctors will be uncomfortably close to home (SCOTSMAN)

New Labour, the Scottish Parliament, the Catholic Church, the tabloid press, spin doctors - all of them are given a thorough knifing by Brookmyre's razor-sharp pen (MAXIM)

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