One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night

By Christopher Brookmyre

Synopsis

The occasion: high school reunion.

The place: an oil rig converted into a tourist resort.

The outcome: carnage.

Gavin is creating a unique ‘holiday experience’; every facility any tourist who hates abroad will ever want will all be available on a converted North Sea oil rig. To test the facilities he’s hosting a reunion for his old school (none of his ex-classmates can remember him, but what the heck, it’s free). He is so busy showing off that he doesn’t notice that another group have invited themselves along – a collection of terrorist mercenaries who are occasionally of more danger to themselves than to the public.

And they in turn are unaware that Inspector MacGregor has got wind of their activities. Within twenty-four hours Gavin’s dream has blown to the four winds, along with a lot of other things.

Dress Casual. Bring your own bullets.

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Review

Christopher Brookmyre's plot-driven novels gnash at issues of corruption and social justice with leftist satirical bite. In the Die Hard-inspired One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night, Brookmyre invites a host of intriguing characters to a school reunion on an oil rig, repurposed as a holiday resort and a prime target for a bunch of hapless mercenary terrorists. What’s the worst that could happen? -- Danny Scott

Author Biography

Christopher Brookmyre was born in Glasgow on 6 September 1968 and educated at Glasgow University. He has worked for the film magazine Screen International, and as sub-editor for The Scotsman and the Edinburgh Evening News. His first novel, Quite Ugly One Morning (1996), a satire on the former Conservative government's NHS reforms, won the inaugural Critics' First Blood Award (for Best First Crime Novel of the Year) and was the first in a series of novels featuring investigative journalist Jack Parlabane. Christopher Brookmyre lives in Glasgow. His latest novels are Where the Bodies are Buried (2011), a darker novel shortlisted for the 2012 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and published under the name Chris Brookmyre; and When the Devil Drives (2012).