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by Christopher Brookmyre
Warner Little Brown, August 2002
500 pages
6.99 GBP
ISBN: 0751533254

Buy in the UK | Buy in Canada

A plane explodes over a deep Norwegian fjord. 4 of the bodies are never recovered.

A man and a woman are on a first date. They have just entered a movie theatre to see the latest action film when the building explodes, killing them.

A man is driving home from work. All he wants is to get home to his family when a highway overpass collapses. He dies in the ensuing crash.

A college student is on her way home for the holidays when the train she is on derails and demolishes a military base.

And that's just the prologue to A BIG BOY DID IT AND RAN AWAY.

Angelique de Xavia is attending a secret meeting of Special Branch and intelligence agents. The head of state of a former British colony will be visiting Scotland and he must be protected from a terrorist agent, known as the Black Spirit, from a calling card he leaves. He's the worst kind of terrorist agent...one who works for money, not ideology.

Raymond Ash is sitting in the airport terminal in Aberdeen, delaying his return home. He dearly loves his wife and infant son, but he is tired and confused. His child is colicky and no one has had a good night's sleep in weeks and he has just started a new job as teacher. He finally realized that he has to grow up and can no longer make his living playing games on the internet. He is feeling very sorry for himself when he sees a spectre from his past. Simon Darcourt was dead. He died in a plane which exploded over a Norwegian fjord 3 years earlier. What was he doing in Aberdeen airport?

It has been said that the sales of this book suffered from the events of September 11. The only parallel with the cowardly actions of a few Saudis and the actions of this terrorist who works only for the thrill of killing and the financial reward, is that they both kill the innocent. A BIG BOY DID IT introduces Angelique de Xavia, a small, tough minded, black belt in 4 disciplines, mixed-race policewoman who has a larger role in THE SACRED ART OF STEALING. If you enjoy black humor, political commentary and a killer chase ending, try A BIG BOY DID IT AND RAN AWAY.

Note: Amazon US has the book but it is just importing the UK version for you at $16.99. Better give your local indie a chance to get it for you or order it with a few others not available in the US from CrimeBks@aol.com (Crime in Store, London)

Reviewed by Barbara Franchi, February 2003

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