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Meantime: The gripping debut crime novel from Frankie Boyle

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The book, according to Dugdale, had elements of whodunit fiction and some content resembles a stand-up comedy monologue. He is assisted by his friend Donnie, who is equally druggy, but also hefty and if anything even more brusque and depressive. I’m very happy that my wife is also a fan of Boyle’s because I certainly said “Hey, can I read you this one part?

Donnie confesses to being an anarchist infiltrating the police, then a police officer infiltrating environmental activists. Their investigation pits them up against a local crime lord, murderous political activists, a deranged stalker, a British Intelligence Officer and artificial intelligence, as they try to unravel a tangled web of drug dealing and corruption to identify Marina's killer. John Dugdale of The Times compared Meantime to the book Inherent Vice (2009) by Thomas Pynchon, which features a cannabis-consuming detective and mixes crime fiction with political satire. They bought the flat that Felix still lives in and raised Danny, who died in early childhood of meningitis. To break through his drug-induced fog and get closer to the truth Felix enlists the help of a dying crime novelist, Jane Pickford, and his crisis-ridden friend Donnie.Highlighting the writing style, Merritt found that Boyle was accomplished with his dialogue and wordplay, but a "great affectation for Glasgow .

The plot is deliberately used as the tracks for a scenic train journey, though on closer inspection, the landscape can be quite bleak, enjoyable nonetheless.Which is perhaps a bad metaphor for this book seeing as many of Felix's days are lost in a drug fuelled haze. Baskerville, its crime fiction and thriller imprint, announced that Meantime would be one of its first major titles at its 2022 launch.

Originally from Arbroath, he studied physics at University, and has a PhD in experimental nuclear physics. Inherent vices and scalpel-sharp jokes vie with a very human concern for those least garlanded in the rat race of life' Ian Rankin'An enjoyably dark and entertaining tranche of Glasgow noir . The details - and sometimes lack thereof - give a lot to this story and turn the reader into a detective alongside Felix. He most definitely wasn’t stupid, but he did seem to be numbed by all of the drugs he was taking which I think held him back in his investigation. It holds a different kind of magic, one where the disappointment from the referendum eats at the shoes of people walking to work, hailing taxis, and people on serious comedowns in dingy wee flats that contain all the hope of a mouldy pizza sitting on the countertop.He was a permanent panellist on Mock the Week for seven series and has made guest appearances on several popular panel shows including Have I Got News for You, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie to You? Critics largely praised Boyle's comedic dialogue, his descriptions of Glasgow and its inhabitants, and the revelations of what led to Felix's drug dependence.

Their quest takes them into the dark heart of Scottish politics, the orbit of drug dealers, and the matrix of AI, encountering Independence activists, the intelligence services and stalkers, as they seek justice for Marina. I don’t believe I’ve ever highlighted as many passages in one novel to send to friends than I have for this book.You’d never get a Scottish version of The Matrix because anyone up here who was offered two pills would just gub both of them’, he muses. On our penchant for military statues: “This was Britain, and if you killed enough foreigners they let you ride a metal horse into the future. Clarity is not Felix McAveety’s forte, but when his best friend, Marina, is found murdered in a Glasgow park and he is deemed the prime suspect, he decides to investigate the case himself. Another plus was that chapters were often about 10 pages each so it was very easily digestible and not at all difficult to let my tea go cold as I kept telling myself “one more chapter”. I think there's a crime story in this book - ok so there definitely is, but it's not really all that front and centre, there's so much more going on around and about it that it does, on occasion, get lost in the noise.

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