Tuesday 22 July 2014

Book Review: The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson (Barney Thomson # 1) by Douglas Lindsay

Title: The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson (Barney Thomson # 1)
Author: Douglas Lindsay
Blasted Heath
Publication Date: 2012 (2003)
Pages: 199
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Fiction
Source: Bought Copy

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Barney Thomson — awkward, diffident, Glasgow barber — lives a life of desperate mediocrity. Shunned at work and at home, unable to break out of a twenty-year rut, each dull day blends seamlessly into the next.

However, there is no life so tedious that it cannot be spiced up by inadvertent murder, a deranged psychopath, and a freezer full of neatly packaged meat.

Barney Thomson's uninteresting life is about to go from 0 to 60 in five seconds, as he enters the grotesque and comically absurd world of the serial killer….
(Goodreads Synopsis)

The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson was a joy from start to finish. It's a delicious black comedy that reminds me of the musical Sweeney Todd and the film The Green Butchers. The book had me laughing out loud and left me with a smile on my face.

I only discovered this series because Robert Carlyle just finished principal photography on a film version in which he plays Barney (and directs), and as I was reading, I could picture him so perfectly in the role that I cannot wait to see the movie next year. 

I have already bought the other six books and four novellas in the series and cannot wait to read more of Barney's adventures soon.

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