Meantime: The gripping debut crime novel from Frankie Boyle

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Meantime: The gripping debut crime novel from Frankie Boyle

Meantime: The gripping debut crime novel from Frankie Boyle

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David Chong – a GP and drug dealer associated with Marina and obsessed with the idea that the universe is simulated. Frankie Boyle's gripping crime debut novel, Meantime, is a hallucinogenic ride through Glasgow as one man seeks justice for his friend's murder. A friend of his, Marina, with whom he worked in a bar after leaving the Corporation, is found murdered.

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. Kind of bonkers, often funny, sometimes expectedly poignant, this is a murder mystery investigation the like of which I have definitely not read before. The novel is set in the aftermath of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum and also explores Scotland's role in colonialism.

Of course they want everyone to stick to the rules of civility, because those rules stop people from asking them why they have all the fucking stuff. 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. well that was beyond a mind trip, the 'philosophical discussions' and tangents that the characters go off on often making me wonder if I hadn't actually consumed a few hallucinogens too.

He is our narrator and, as you can expect from a man of his "highs" the story is somewhat confusing in places.Marina was involved in Alternative Independence, a left-wing movement for Scottish independence in the 2014 referendum. The mystery that underpins this crime novel is solid enough, but I can't help thinking that its role is secondary and it is essentially only a vehicle for the author to air his thoughts - both comedic and socio-political.

However, some reviewers criticised the plot as unfocused and that some digressions are excessive or read like Boyle is directly expressing his thoughts. It’s really quite surreal to be honest as it follows the main character in Felix as he investigate ps the death of a friend. For me, the central character seemed to be very much Frankie Boyle himself, he certainly used his jokes. Although the ending does introduce an element of elegy, it just seemed it must require an awful lot of effort to maintain such levels of anger.She reviewed that "Felix's gimlet outlook on life is brilliantly off-kilter" and changing emotional tone when his life history is unraveled is handled well.

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. Inherent vices and scalpel-sharp jokes vie with a very human concern for those least garlanded in the rat race of life' Ian Rankin'Part whodunnit, part social safari, part extended stand-up monologue . Taking readers from the world of drugs, to artificial intelligence, to conspiracy theory through to politics (Like AI without the I part …), the story is set in the period immediately post independence vote. If you ask me to place the book in some type of genre, I’d say it's a dark and humorous murder mystery but also quirky and unique.Meantime is a tremendous book: a detective story full of twists and turns that is as beautifully written as it is darkly comic.



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