Meantime (Paperback)
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Meantime (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages
Published: 30/03/2023
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Set in Glasgow in the aftermath of the Independence referendum, Frankie Boyle’s gritty, sharply funny and utterly gripping debut thriller follows an unlikely trio hellbent on bringing the killer of Marina Katos to justice.

Glasgow, in the aftermath of the Independence referendum, is a strange place. Marina Katos's body is found in a park and the police don't seem to know or care who committed the crime.

In a haze of tranquilisers, hallucinogenics, and Valium, Felix McAveety decides to solve the murder of Marina, his best friend. 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.

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.

Meantime is a wild ride through Glasgow's multicultural present and examines its colonial past. It's dazzingly funny, grappling with big ideas, and is heartbreakingly tinged with personal and political loss.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781399801171
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A darkest noir, unputdownable crime novel that swerves and surprises, with a gut-punch ending. I loved it! - Denise Mina

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 - Daily Telegraph

Starts off the funniest noir - like a Glaswegian Big Lebowski - then takes you somewhere suddenly heartbreaking . . . A debut novel that makes me absolutely INSIST there is more to come - Marina Hyde

The gags are so good that the book doesn't outstay its welcome [...] anybody who loves jet-black humour is in for a treat - Daily Express

Reads like a twisted Caledonian take on Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye. 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 . . . the novel is full of scintillating sentences and perfect lines of dialogue - Sunday Times

An enjoyably dark and entertaining tranche of Glasgow noir . . . Imagine Withnail and I stumbling into a Bond movie co-written by William McIlvanney and Mick Herron . . . [A] deft, engaging thriller - Observer

A surprisingly moving and beautiful journey through one man's sh*tshow of a friend's death/hangover - Lucy Prebble, screenwriter for Succession

A fine slice of contemporary noir, full of acute insight into the way we live now - John Williams, Mail on Sunday

Just finished this and f*ck me, it's total class!! I'm sure all the expletive swears are coming out for this one - and so they should. Ace - Helen Stanton, Forum Books

Meantime is a tremendous book: a detective story full of twists and turns that is as beautifully written as it is darkly comic. . . Not surprisingly, Meantime is very, very funny. But it is also a gripping work of stylised crime fiction that marks, I suspect, a new and exciting chapter in Boyle's multi-faceted career - Matthew D’ancona, Tortoise

Remarkably moving - Scotsman

A sharply written, memorable read - Scottish Field

Meantime flies along, filled with laughs and moments that pull you up sharp - Sun (Scotland)

Boyle's key strength is in creating such a believable milieu, even when events are exaggerated, underpinned but never derailed by a tongue-in-cheek humour - Chortle

Frankie Boyle's fiction debut is genuinely engrossing - Independent

It's both funny and moving - Guardian

[Frankie Boyle] has graduated into an extremely fine author with his first novel . . . The book lays bare the various worlds of Glasgow . . . and it slowly becomes that awful word, unputdownable, as the fascinating mixture of violence, drugs and unexpected humour surround the reader - On Yorkshire Magazine

Boyle's darkly comic debut unfolds amid vivid scenes of the seamy Glasgow underworld, its hard-bitten humour offset by an unexpectedly tender conclusion - Daily Mail

Word-perfect dialogue and wild imagination - Strathspey & Badenoch Herald

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“Favourite book of 2022 so far”

I was so excited to hear about this book as I adore Frankie Boyle. It did not disappoint by any means, it's a surreal drug-fuelled crime novel reminiscent of Withnail and I and Trainspotting, but was also so... More

Hardback edition
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“Meantime”

I think there's a crime story in this book - ok so there definitely is, but it's not really all that front and centre, there's so much more going on around and about it that it does, on occasion, get... More

Hardback edition
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“A gripping Glaswegian thriller”

Frankie Boyle’s debut fiction book does not disappoint. With Trainspotting-esque drug-fuelled frenzies, this has it all: complex and hilarious characters, Glaswegian political undertones and of course, the thrilling... More

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