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Not The End Of The World, Christopher Brookmyre - Inventive thriller goes with a BANG!,
This review is from: Not The End Of The World (Paperback)
It's very rarely a writer comes along who manages to do what Christopher Brookmyre has done. He's managed to invent a genre all of his own, which can only be called `Tartan Noir', and writes thrillers which are attention grabbing, inventive, funny and, er, thrilling.
There's a nice inventive set-up in this pacey thriller. There's a porn film convention in LA, and a set of archly conservative Christian evangelists holding their own convention across the road. In the middle is Larry Freeman, a police man trying to keep them from each other's throats whilst also trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of four marine scientists. The story also follows photographer Steff Kennedy, on assignment to photograph the film convention, who gets caught up in the religious plot to rid the world of filth. Or is there something more to it?
This is a great read. It has all the hallmarks of a Brookmyre novel, seemingly very disparate plot threads that seem completely unconnected at first, but then weave together in a great way that leaves you thinking `of course!' There are greatly drawn characters, the back story of each is well explained, and you never feel that they are two dimensional or clichés. You really feel an empathy for them. There is a slew of wonderfully inventive and grisly murders, a broad streak of very black humour and the usual stance against religious stupidity. Not for the faint hearted or closed minded!
A great thriller that will keep you gripped and laughing right to the end. A proper page turner, I can't recommend it enough.