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Boiling a Frog Audiobook

Boiling a Frog

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Publisher's Summary

Jack Parlabane is an investigative journalist who is not averse to breaking the law for a good story.

Scottish parliament is in catatonic shock after experiencing its first dose of Westminster sleaze, and the Catholic Church of Scotland is taking advantage of the politicians' discomfort. Behind the scenes the truth is obscured.

Aware he's missing out on a great story; Parlabane discovers that contacts and a way with words is no defence against people he has helped to put away.

©2000 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Surreal, satirical, irreverent, violent and immensely funny." (The Times )

"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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    started slow but picked up and sped along. excellent .realty enjoyed it .on to next

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    Gillian 29/06/2015
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    Very funny and enjoyable. Listened to the whole book in one day. An excellent book.

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    "Fantastic in parts - boring in places"

    There is no doubt that Christopher Brookmyre writes with impressive intelligence but parts of this were just too much about educating the reader (or listener) - almost to the point of browbeating. There was so little action and so much information about the Scottish political and religious landscape that I almost gave up on it. I'm glad I didn't as I was rewarded for my perseverance with a scene that had me crying with laughter. I would say that the book is about 50% action and 50% political education and for this reason I still found it a bit hard going. However, it is written with wit and intelligence and took some interesting twists and turns..

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    "Intriguing as ever"

    Great characters, impossible and hugely amusing events, surprises and a wonderfully planned denouement. I wouldn't mind if his writing were a little more concise but he does create character and a world in which it lives with enormous detail, particularly the inner dialogue. Very enjoyable. Well worth the time.

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    "Stick with it!"

    Slow and quite "bitty" to start. However, once the threads combine and the pace of the story picks up, it's really enjoyable and riveting. I loved the humour and Angus King's performance was super.

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    "You can't miss a bit"

    In some books you can miss a second but in this one you have to go back and listen again to keep up with the detail.
    Being Scottish helps.

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