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A couple of ice cubes first, then the apple that really started it all. A loft apartment in London's East End; cool but doomed - demolition and redevelopment slated fro the following week. Ken Nott, devoutly contrarian leftish shock-jock attending a mid-week wedding lunch, starts dropping stuff off the rood towards the deserted car park 100 feet below.

Other guests join in and soon half the contents of the flat are following the fruit towards the pitted tarmac... just as mobiles start to ring, and the apartment's remaining TV is turned on, because apparently a plane has crashed into the World Trade Center....

©2002 Iain Banks (P)2013 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Hugely entertaining" (Daily Telegraph)
"A thrilling read, it's a dazzlingly clever, edgy, suspenseful book" (Scotland on Sunday)

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  • "hodsonc"
  • 05-08-16

Some of Iain Banks best writing

Expletive littered and raw, this book captures one of Iain's best anti heros. A man so very likeable but with so many flaws, it's hard to turn away from the exciting conclusion. You be left wondering if he deserves it or now. A cracking read.

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  • Alastair Ball
  • 04-15-15

Good book

I'm a big fan of Iain Banks and this was good but not up to his usual amazing standard. Well read by the narrator

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  • Lisa
  • 06-01-15

Another great Banks

A great book definitely recommend to any Banks fan. Or a good book for anyone. Good mix and humour too.

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  • Stuart
  • 07-17-17

Not Bank's best, but still great.

As usual with Iain Banks's books, you spend a lot of this story wondering what it's actually about. I suppose, in essence, it's a love story. But it's the things that happen along the way that make the book.

Banks doesn't fall into the trap of having to make every event in the book tie in to a plot. Some do, some don't, but it's interesting, funny and thought provoking.

There were parts if the book that were genuinely anxiety inducing for me. A testament to Bank's writing and Peter Kenny's narration, but not my favourite feeling!

As usual, Kenny's narration and characterisation is excellent.

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  • Glynn
  • 05-06-17

couldn't listen to it because of the accent

couldn't make out what was being said because of the narrators strong accent, and had to give up just a few page in.