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Publisher's Summary

Their eyes met across a crowded room. She was just a poor servant girl, and he was the son of a rich industrialist.

Er, no, this is a Christopher Brookmyre novel, although the eyes meeting across a crowded room part is true. Where it differs from the fairy tales is that the room in question was crowded with hostages and armed bank robbers, and his eyes were the only part of him she could see behind the mask....

©2002 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A thriller, love story, social satire and a warning against taking absurdism too seriously." (Time Out)
"Chris Brookmyre is a genius." (Daily Mirror)

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  • Jennifer Random
  • 08-26-15

new narrator please.

worst American accent ever. Bad pronunciation of names and "allegory". Still Love this book though

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  • M. P. Saunders
  • 09-17-15

Brilliant

A brilliant story of deception and crime laced dark humour. I love Chris Brookmyres novels which always have a devilish twist at the end that keeps you guessing.

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  • GD
  • 11-07-17

Not a bad story, but the reader spoiled it

I love brookmyre. This isn’t his strongest one but it fits well as the appetiser for the much darker funnier “sequel” in snowball in hell.

Trouble is the narrator for this one is poor. Her “voices” not great and her own voice grates. And I say that as a Glaswegian!

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  • Ms. Rw Humphreys
  • 10-30-17

Real disappointment compared to A big boy did it.

Really liked the characters and some scenes were really well done, like the bank robbery, but overall it dragged and dragged. The narrator's accents were definitely the worst I'd ever heard and were extremely off putting.

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  • Matthew Newell
  • 08-29-17

great story as always

great story and good performance - let down by poor American accents. everything else great and to be recommended - but there are few whole can nail both Glasgow and West Coast USA accents; the narrator is great with Scottish voices but poor with the American

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  • matt
  • 05-17-17

Great book, rubbish accents

So really really enjoyable but the narrator really can't do American accents. Love Brookmyre though. One of my faves of his.

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  • Biker
  • 03-06-17

Good story, narrator's American accent wobbly.

An engaging and blackly funny story. The narrator was entirely credible in the main, Scots character's role but the American accent was jarring in the beginning but I eventually got used to it. Clever story.

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  • michael mcgowan
  • 01-05-17

The actors American accent destroys a fine novel

If she could do any semblance of an American accent I would have given it five stars. It's that bad.

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  • Sheila Sanderson
  • 09-20-16

more enjoyable to read than to listen sadly.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No. It's a struggle to persevere through the truly awful narration. Her American accents are awful but so is her voice acting in general. She reads the story ok. I have read the book before and was looking forwards to relaxing into the audiobook. Hugely disappointing.I would suggest that anyone who still enjoys the printed word should read the book instead.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Zal because he is so clever - but the strength of the book is that all the main characters are well drawn and interesting.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Caroline Guthrie?

There are so many male characters in the book that I would have chosen a male narrator who does female voices well such as the remarkable James Masters, but there are others.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's difficult to answer this without revealing too much about the plot but it would probably be the trip to the Louvre. There are so many great moments in this book, such as the conversation between football supporters in the bank, that it is one that I return to every now and again because it is a real 'feel good' book.

Any additional comments?

Even though I have already bought this audiobook, if you find a better narrator, I would probably buy it again. I haven't given away my paperback yet.

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  • 05-23-16

They should have checked whether the narrator could do accents before giving her the job

Worst accents ever.. Totally detracted from the book. Totally remiss of whoever hired the narrator not to first check whether she could do a passable American accent. Just dreadful