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Legend of Barney Thomson Paperback – 1 August 2015
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"This chilling black comedy unfolds at dizzying speed . . . an impressive debut novel." "Sunday Mirror""
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- Publisher : FREIGHT BOOKS; Movie Tie-In ed. edition (1 August 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1910449318
- ISBN-13 : 978-1910449318
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.03 x 20.32 cm
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A serial killer is lose in Glasgow; not only do they kill their victims but they then post a body part through the post to the victim’s relatives. The case has the police stumped with no leads. Whilst this is occurring, Barney Thomson is resentfully cutting hair in the local barbershop. He is vexed at his colleague’s lack of support, as he grudgingly cuts hair in the chair furthest from the window. Many of the customers that come into the shop would rather wait to have their haircut than be seen by Barney and he is seriously hurt. To make matters worse Barney’s wife is a soap addict that barely remembers that he exists and his mother is losing her hold on the world, and becoming more and more unstable. Barney fantasises about how much he would like to kill Henderson (his colleague) and rightfully reclaim his seat by the window. But what of the Glasgow serial killer? Could Barney Thomson, the gentle and dull barber really pull off a murder?
The writing is full of black humour and stinks of macabre and chilling thoughts. The story is simple and keeps a strong pace, which means the story doesn’t lack impact or dwindle at any point. The story is not particularly complicated and it has a number of strong twists that leave the reader in a dither. The dialogue of the barbers chatting is witty and brilliantly written like a running commentary much like you would find in a regular barbers. I also laughed a number of times through the book, which doesn’t happen to often. The characters were well written and were gleefully dark and salacious at times, which made the plot line even more exciting. I honestly can’t describe how brilliant the writing style is! It’s hilarious but ghastly and so well written! Overall, this is a brilliant read! I am about to start reading the next in the series so stay tuned to read my review of the other books in the series! (Also, looks like this is going to be made into a film! So get on it!)
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Of course, when a review starts off, "poorly wrote book," I automatically treat the rest of it as irrelevant. If you want to criticize someone else's writing, do look carefully at your own!
On to this book. I did laugh out loud several times, and spent almost the entire time smiling as I read. The humour is dark, and the premise behind the story is absolutely impossible - but that's part of the amusement. I was reminded a little of some of Tom Sharpe's stuff, such as Ancestral Vices. This is not up to that standard, but the author does show promise.
I for one will be reading the rest of the series, and I would recommend this to anyone with a sense of humour.
Once I had gotten over the internal struggle of wanting to pay for the book...oh, okay, in less time than in takes to ask for a "Frank Sinatra '62" it was winging its way across the internet and into my Kindle...I found this introduction to the Barney Thompson novels as gripping, witty and sightly tongue in cheek as Lindsay's other works. The author has a remarkable talent for subverting the most banal of settings - in this case a barber shop - and turning them into the perfect stage for the minutiae of human drama to play out. He uses the most unremarkable of men for the protagonist and fills him with thoughts both boring, brilliant and brutal; I can guarantee after reading that you will study that seemingly average and unremarkable neighbor of yours with a little more suspicion!
With the steady clipping of scissors and the soft flop of falling hair marking time, a plot unfolds that is completely unforeseen and told from an interesting range of perspectives. If you are looking for a murder mystery that doesn't shy away from all the grisly details and takes delight in the macabre, then this book is for you. But be warned: once you have started this series of novels, you will be compelled to read all the others...and un/fortunately you'll have to pay!
I found it very slow to start, but it picked up speed and I ended up enjoying it more than I expected to.
There is a thread of humour running through it - which is very 'Glasgow' - so may not appeal to readers not familiar with that humour, but I look forward to the film and Emma Thompson will be great in the part of Barney's Mum.
I will read the next book in the series.