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Curse Of The Clown (Barney Thomson Book 9) Paperback – 13 March 2020
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- ASIN : B085RP5M4X
- Publisher : Independently published (13 March 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 292 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8624473133
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.85 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 422,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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again, barney thompson gets embroiled in a whole heap of serial killing, just by being barney thompson, the barbering murder magnet! when the notion struck for barney, keanu and igor to attend a barbershop convention weekend, little did they........oh sod it....everyone knew it wouldn't end well, especially as events were already unfolding toward them landing in the middle of murder central. well, where else would a failed barber, turned klown, turned pecker chopping psychopath turn up? too much fun!
.....and it really is! this is the 9th in douglas lindsay's brilliant series, and perhaps the best yet (and even mibbe the funniest!) - with quality like this, i'm at a loss as to why douglas lindsay is not a great deal higher placed in the consciousness of the book reading public - this is perfectly realised stuff, a whole created world as viewed from the bench in a millport barber shop. and, as i've inferred in previous reviews, dripping with possibilities regarding television or cinema realisation (in addition to the excellent movie based on the first book), potential actors perhaps in fear of being 'chopped' from the final 'cut'!
really, get yourself in the queue (and get yourself the previous 8), but mibbe sit with your legs crossed!*
*unless, of course, you are a lady!
Of course, no BT novel would be complete without some poetry of dubious taste and we have that here; albeit in the form of couplets rather than full blown verses. What I really loved here though was the back to basics everyday scenes. Barney hearing utter pish from his draped customers and giving back as good as he gets. And of course, the styles mostly being named after actors from particular films. A Paul Newman, Colour of Money, Sir?There is a lovely exception when Barney dispenses a Nigel Farage c*&t cut. Pushing the boundaries of what scissors can achieve, that’s our Barney. There’s a wonderful passage about men hankering after top flight footballers haircuts and the psychology behind it. And this is what I mean; it’s Barney at his best.
As old man Kintyre would say “You had me up until that last sentence son”, “and then you started talking s&£te”.
Till next time Barney.
I first started reading the Barney Thomson books after watching the film and I have been hooked ever since. It has been a joy to watch the hapless accidental serial killer evolve into a more chilled character whilst accepting that weird stuff just seems to follow him.
Lindsay has created a realistic world where bizarre things seem to fit right in alongside the everyday and mundane. Not only this but he has created a cast of characters who are both easy to identify with and easy to visualise.
If you haven't read these books yet, then I strongly urge you to do so.
As Igor, the hunchbacked sweeper-upper of the barbershop says most poignantly, "Arf!"