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Summary

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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Great stuff

I love Frankie Boyle, and this did not disappoint - dark, funny, but a decent story as well

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Can’t recommend highly enough.

Brilliant book with a brilliant reader. Highly recommend. Great story alternately funny, bleak, intriguing, emotional

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You can go your own way...

A good book with good characters and the touching torture scene and a few twisty revelations.

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Brilliant relatable and laugh out loud.

I got many funny looks as I wandered around laughing. Loved the story and how it took you the scenic route. Crime novels are fairly predictable but this had me hooked. The comedy element and recognisable locations added an extra layer of enjoyment for me. Definitely recommend

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Fantastic

I have read/ listened to all of Frankie Boyle’s books and was curious to see how he could make the jump to fiction, let’s just say he has nailed it.
Absolutely fantastic book

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Phenomenal.

I loved this book, especially when wondering around Glasgow listening to it. At one point the Scotia was mentioned and by chance I just happened to be right outside it.

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Beautiful

Genuinely funny dark humour with a broad interesting cast of fleshed out characters, not shying away from topics like drug abuse, depression, mortality and heartbreak. Hoping for more by Frankie Boyle. Chris Reilly brings each character to life seamlessly.

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tripe

I like Fankie Boyles stand up...his writing is boring bilge. I wanted to like this but after a few hours I was bored and disappointed.. A waste of a credit. The subject matter was ripe for interest and humour and blackness but just pretentious crap here. The narrator was useless too. Couldn't finish this it was such hard work to listen to....

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Indeed, it’s from life.

I’ve become convinced that Mr Boyle is a bit of a sage. Not too self important and very talented, funny, yet painfully authentic. I will read pretty much anything he writes and am very sympathetic towards his values. Thanks and do write some more novels, Mr Boyle.

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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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  • 27-07-22

Emotional rollercoaster

Gripping writing with a wheen of great characters. Expansive but down to earth. Best fiction I've come across in a good while.

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  • 22-07-22

Gritty crime novel

So I’ll start by saying I am a Frankie fan so I had expected this to be pretty dark - and it is. At moments throughout the book I alternated between being depressed for the main character and amused. There are a lot of drug references so if that offends you - you have been warned. But I found the book to be very well written and original it is a bit of a ride and I would recommend it.