Not the End of the World by Christopher Brookmyre

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A rollicking, witty novel by the author The Guardian has called "the next star of the genre . . . [who writes in] the sassy, nasty, fast style of the Americans Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen"

Christopher Brookmyre's critically acclaimed, award-winning comic thrillers are a sensation in his native Britain. The Times (London) has praised his writing for being "perpetually in-your-face: sassy, irreverent, and stylish" with "a high-octane sense of the absurd," and the Literary Review has raved that his books are "very violent, very funny . .E . comedy with a political edge, which you take gleefully in one gulp." Now he has his much-anticipated American debut with Not the End of the World, a fast and furious novel set in Los Angeles at the near side of the millennium, at a point when the world is about to spin out of control—and maybe out of existence.

When an oceanic research vessel is discovered with all of its crew vanished, it sets off a chain of events that pulls Sergeant Larry Freeman of the L.A.P.D. out of the ho-hum assignment of overseeing the security for a B-movie film festival and headlong into a frenzied race to stop a terrorist plot. Along the way he must contend with aging porn stars, rabid evangelical Christians, and a mysterious Glaswegian photographer with an unknown agenda, all in a full-throttled—and ultimately hysterical—race against time.

About Christopher Brookmyre

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Christopher Brookmyre is one of Britain's leading crime novelists. He has worked as a journalist for several British newspapers and is the author of fourteen novels, including One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night, Quite Ugly One Morning, and Not the End of the World.
Published May 1, 2012 by Grove Press. 400 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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The initial interweaving of more than a half-dozen plot threads is occasionally exasperating (you’re repeatedly wrenched away in the middle of interesting developments), but the payoff in the middle section, where the major elements finally come together with a literal bang, is considerable and q...

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Everyone's paths cross when a conservative Christian group decides to augment its anti-Hollywood rhetoric with a well-placed bomb, which literally dumps Maddy into Steff's arms.

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When he gets there, he finds that the Santa Monica Festival of Light '99 is in a parking lot directly across the street from the PV Hotel and he fears there will be some problem between the American Legion of Decency, who are hosting the festival, and the porn merchants.

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