The Guardian (London) has called comic-thriller writer Christopher Brookmyre the next star of the genre. His American debut, Not the End of the World, is 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 Lt. Larry Freeman of the LAPD 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, a mysterious Glaswegian photographer, and an unknown agenda, all in a frenzied -- and ultimately hysterical-race against time. Imagine Day of the Locust updated and rewritten by Carl Hiaasen. ... Good solid fun. -- Kirkus Reviews Perpetually in-your-face: sassy, irreverent, and stylish ... [with] a high-octane sense of the absurd. -- The Times (London) Very violent, very funny ... comedy with a political edge, which you take gleefully in one gulp. -- Literary Review
Christopher Brookmyre is the author of seventeen previous novels, including his acclaimed and internationally bestselling series featuring Jasmine Sharp and Catherine McLeod. He has won many awards for his work, including the Critics' First Blood Award, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, and the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award.