- 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)
Quite Ugly One Morning (Abacus 40th Anniversary) Paperback – Special Edition, 4 Apr 2013
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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)
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 yearSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Plot not bad but main character a bit shallow and unappealing. Mediocre.Published 6 days ago by Julia McNeal
Horribly hilarious. Bought after hearing about it on Radio four's "A Good Read."Published 7 days ago by Dipper
Pacy thriller though be prepared for some graphic violence and laugh out loud moments.Published 9 days ago by glynnis