That was Jack Parlabane's stance on the matter, anyway. But this was before he found himself in the more compromising position of being not only dead himself, but worse: dead with an exclusive still to file.
From his position on high, Parlabane relates the events leading up to his demise, largely concerning the efforts of charismatic psychic Gabriel Lafayette to reconcile the scientific with the spiritual by submitting to controlled laboratory tests.
Parlabane is brought in as an observer, due to his capacities as both a sceptic and an expert on deception, but he soon finds his certainties crumbling and his assumptions turned upside down as he encounters phenomena for which he can deduce no rational explanation. One thing he knows for certain, however. Death is not the end - it's the ultimate undercover assignment.
©2007 Christopher Brookmyre; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
'Confirms Christopher Brookmyre's dazzling comic skills, but also reveals hitherto unseen depths of knowledge and analysis... Brookmyre conducts a serious debate in the midst of his usual brilliant mix of absurd plot, extravagant characters and unbounded wit' (The Times)
'A hilarious and heartening satire on stupidity and an expose of those who know how to exploit it' (Daily Telegraph)
'A thriller that is thought-provoking, terrifying and hilarious, and possibly Brookmyre's most accomplished book to date' (Scotsman)
'Excellent plotting, seriously funny twists but still thoughtful' (Guardian)
'The comedy has plenty of serious implications. Brookmyre's skill in crafting the story out of bluffs and double-bluffs ensures that it's more than a metaphysical jeu d'esprit masquerading as a thriller' (Sunday Times)
'From the first page I was completely sucked into Brookmyre's multi-layered and intelligent plot' (Mail on Sunday)
Billy really can't do a Lancs accent, but it doesn't spoil the enjoyment. In fact it just adds to the humour. if you like Parlabane and his antics, you'll enjoy the listen. The side characters blossoming romance is really endearing and as an added bonus Michael's a Firefly fan.
I love Christopher Brookmyre and this book didn't alter that!
Listening to his stories added an extra entertainment factor!
The book is based around an investigation into the paranormal, and unexplained murders around the central characters. The story had me both laughing outloud and tense listening out for the conclusion to situations.
A book dictated from beyond the grave....gave me shivers and laughs.
Jack Parlabane is back, possibly as a ghost but definetly causing problems for someone. Brookmyre is great at keeping you interested and moving a thickening plot along at speed. He is normally angry, bitter and twisted; in a funny way. The books is ready by Billy Bragg who does an excellent job and I am looking forward to more Brookmyre books being available on Audible.
I got lost several times, not knowing from whose POV the book was being read, as it seemed to change several times. Maybe it would be better to read, maybe I will listen to it again just to make a bit more sense of it. I did not find it that funny, and Billy Bragg's pronunciation of some things is a bit suspect but it was okay. It wasn't really what I expected, though, and I think the writer is very cynical about the subject matter. But it had some good twists and turns.
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