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Quite Ugly One Morning (Abacus 40th Anniversary) Paperback – Special Edition, 4 Apr 2013

4.2 out of 5 stars 152 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; 40th Anniversary edition edition (4 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349138842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349138848
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thrillingly unpleasant (ESQUIRE)

A sharp, funny novel, with strong characters and some smart dialogue (TLS)

A wicked satire...excellent plotting and a goodly amount of acidic one-liners (THE SCOTSMAN)

a great title and a thrillingly unpleasant murder mytery. (ESQUIRE)

Book Description

The book that gave us tartan noir: The novel which launched Christopher Brookmyre on an unsuspecting audience is being reissued with a new cover alongside other classic titles from the Abacus list in our 40th Anniversary year

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I am seriously going to have to stop chatting to Graham Smith as he is costing me a fortune from all his author/book recommendations! Mr Smith suggested that I may find Chris Brookmyre‘s writing style and characters right up my street, and I hate to say it…he may not have been wrong!

Set in Edinburgh, this book is full of a dry, dark wit that you are either going to love (Me! Me! Me!) or completely dislike (Booooo!) – a marmite sort of book you could say! It oozes the grittiness of the gangland underworld, with deception, betrayal, murder most foul, revenge, gory violence and the search for justice seeping from the pages.

Although the synopsis is vague, it gives away enough to inform you what the storyline is and to be honest, I think reading the book is the best way to pick up the complexity, hilarity, dry wit and totally gripping context of what this book is about!

Now let’s talk characters! *rubs hands together excitedly* – For me, the characterisation is the best part of this book! The author revealed the character’s personalities through descriptions from other characters! I loved this. There are so many I can mention, each drawing me into the story for different reasons – but I will mention a few who really intrigued me, made me laugh or evoked another emotion as I turned the pages.

Jack Parlabane – bloody awesome! He is clever, tenacious, deconstructs and deduces people & situations, has great banter, uses unorthodox methods and his skills…..they are intense! Totally unrealistic but absolutely believable – I definitely want to know more about this guy.

OMFG Darren Mortlake!! WTAF?! This guy has got to be the most unfortunate guy there is out there! He is friggin hilarious through his misfortune! And his logic? OMFG!
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A well structured thriller. A wonderful way to while away the time. Lots of evil men, a few twists and turns, a love interest, a free spirited goody. Not literature, just an old fashioned who and why dunnit. And it has staying power because it was written a while ago, yet, even then, the NHS was faced with what to do with old people who have no-one to look after them.
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I heard this book reviewed on the radio and never having having read him I bought it to enjoy on holiday. How I regret it. The profanity is superfluous for a start. The police procedure is inaccurate and the storyline is not credible. His obsession with vomit and scat is just weird and not helpful to build up the story. Slightly irritating is his constant use of crutch words which are so unnecessary given his apparent ability to write prose. I was debating reading his other books but I shall not waste my time and money. Highly not recommended.
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I heard this reviewed on Radio 4's A Good Read. On the program they loved it. I wouldn't say that it was as good as they promised but I will be searching out more books by Christopher Brookmyre. Fast moving, violent and profane(very!) but a real page turner.
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I was gripped from the beginning with this book. In fact I then went online to order others by this author.
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This book appeared on my list of Amazon recommendations, and looking for something to read over a holiday I decided to pick it up and see what it was like.

I have to say I enjoyed the book very much. The story was very well written and soon I got immersed in the story, the characters were well created and the pace of the book meant that I flew through the story and before you knew it the read was over.

I very much look forward to picking up another book by the same author.

JC
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Read it! You will not be disappointed, but not for the squeamish.
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Witty, well-paced detective/investigative reporter set in Edinburgh, with a good smattering of Scottish and other vernacular. I had read it when it first came out, but thoroughly enjoyed it a second time around.
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