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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They meet Chong, who seems to believe reality is simulated, and find signs that British Intelligence are involved in Marina's death. It’s VERY political, extremely satirical and I’m not sure if it’s all just Frankie Boyle writing a massive Parody of life today.

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”. The main twist was learning about Felix's history, and I wish we'd heard a bit more about this story, perhaps in conversation with Jane? But towards the end, after highlighting my 36th brilliant gag, the writing suddenly turned poignant and heart-breaking and I added another star to my appraisal. I enjoyed this book, the story is loose and well paced but in places seems a little disjointed, but the characters feel real enough and the story really just acts as a roller coaster leading them into various locales for conversation and internal monologues.When drug addict Felix McAveety’s best friend Marina’s body is discovered in a park, Felix sets off on his own to uncover the culprit given the police force’s lack of leads. Although the author is a famous comedian, this is their debut, and I feel it will divide the room between those who like the book and those who found it “out there. It makes you wonder what Boyle is capable of beyond the gags and the student union political rhetoric - which is, admittedly, often very funny. He joked that he was "very keen on not going mad during a lockdown, and writing the book really helped with that"; Laura Wilson of The Guardian noted a proliferation of crime fiction by male celebrities written during COVID-19 lockdowns. They broke up after Amy cheated on him, but a few months before the Alternative Independence event, they started having sex, pretending they were strangers in a one-night stand.

Although the book is marketed as a crime novel, I’d say it’s more philosophical in nature with the occasional plot point - normally this would irritate me, but his writing is so sharp and interesting that I actually enjoyed the meandering pace. But 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 Scott. The character, wrote Chortle, is "nihilistic and pessimistic" but "good-natured" and does not aim to harm others. Sweeney praised the dialogue found that the author wrote in a "nuanced and deft" style, particularly in his descriptions of Glaswegians such as Donnie, who is characterised "with an impressive economy of prose".Finding himself a suspect, Felix and his overweight neighbour, Donnie, also partial to mind-altering substances, decide to undertake their own investigation: “We were the two people least suited to investigating anything, but with the right drug combinations we could be whoever we had to be.

Reading the press reviews I got the impression the book would have a early Chris Brookmyre and Colin Bateman feel to it but even funnier as it was Boyle writings. Marina was involved in Alternative Independence, a left-wing movement for Scottish independence in the 2014 referendum. Thankfully, although not an unbridled success, Frankie Boyle has made a better stab at it than many. Kind of bonkers, often funny, sometimes expectedly poignant, this is a murder mystery investigation the like of which I have definitely not read before. Which is perhaps a bad metaphor for this book seeing as many of Felix's days are lost in a drug fuelled haze.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? It's best read as a series of stories about Glasgow and its characters as I found it confusing as a crime novel as there are so many twists and turns. 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.



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