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Meantime

By: Frankie Boyle
Narrated by: Chris Reilly
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Summary

THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

*A SUNDAY TIMES THRILLER OF THE MONTH*

Glasgow, 2015. When Valium addict Felix McAveety's best friend Marina is found murdered in the local park, he goes looking for answers to questions that he quickly forgets. In a haze of uppers, hallucinogens and diazepam, Felix enlists the help of a brilliant but mercurial GP; a bright young trade unionist; a failing screenwriter; semi-celebrity crime novelist Jane Pickford; and his crisis fuelled downstairs neighbour Donnie.

Their investigation sends them on a bewildering expedition that takes in Scottish radical politics, Artificial Intelligence, cults, secret agents, smugglers and vegan record shops.

Meantime is a picaresque detective story set against the backdrop of post-referendum Scotland. Frankie Boyle's compelling debut novel is a tale of murder and revenge, and of personal and political loss.

©2022 Frankie Boyle (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

"A gloriously funny mystery that bucks the 'cosy crime trend'... Peppered with one-liners, it reads Raymond Chandler in Glasgow... Boyle regularly deploys the beautifully offbeat imagery that characterises the best of his stand-up." (Telegraph)

"A surprisingly moving and beautiful journey through one man's shitshow of a friend's death / hangover." (Lucy Prebble, executive producer and writer of Succession)

"A darkest noir, unputdownable crime novel that swerves and surprises, with a gut-punch ending. I loved it!" (Denise Mina, author of The Long Drop)

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EXCELLENT.

I feel like the fact it’s written by Frankie Boyle could put people off in a time of ‘the celebrity author’. To be honest Frankie Boyle has no business being as brilliant a writer as he is. The narration is great, in the way that you don’t even think of it being narrated- it just IS the voice of the book and the characters. You’re in good hands with this one.

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Really boring story

I’m a huge Boyle fan, I think he has a unique voice in stand up or general commentary. So I was super excited to feel that uniqueness here, and hoped that like Irvine Welsh, we could get a glimpse of that next Scottish auteur and it comes out at points, but overall this is boring, I struggled to maintain listening to it. I got 60% the way through and gave up.

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Glasgow at it's best and worst!

If Rebus had stumbled into Trainspotting this would have been the result! Brilliant! Laugh out loud!

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just brilliant

oh my! Frankie Boyle is indeed a genius. I laughed and cried. He is absolutely a great (Scottish) Comedian and Writer. I will buy this, read this and perhaps even listen again.

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Not For The Judgmental

This book is littered with bad language, drug taking and criminal activity. I loved it. The main characters are very flawed yet very likeable and I couldn’t help feeling sympathy for them; an emotion which is justified near the end, The book is well written and beautifully performed. I hope Frankie writes more.

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An interesting listen!

The book kept me engaged through a mix of comedy and intrigue. To be honest I wondered where the story was going at times but the plot twists come at the right time to get you back involved!

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Very Frankie.

Good to see the Glaswegian tourist board haven’t let their game slip.
Story a bit meh but the quips and writing style top class.

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Addictive

I really enjoyed Frankie Boyle’s novel. Great story with memorable characters. I laughed out load 10+ times, which I haven’t done since the first reading of John Niven’s Kill Your Friends. I hope this is the first of many

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many good lines

and some good writing too, especially about tragedy, sadness, loss, alienation. But the plot meanders, is overcomplicated and broadly implausible.

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North of the border intrigue

Loved this story from start to finish. This couldn’t be more Boyle-esque and the narrative is simply superb.

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