|Big Boy Did It And Ran Away, a (2001) [Novel]|
by Christopher Brookmyre
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Real Life blows. Just ask Raymond Ash. As a student, he and his friend Simon thought their futures would be paved with gold discs, gigs and groupies. Instead he's found himself in his thirties, a nervous new father and an even more nervous new English teacher, facing the fact that responsibility has no escape key.
Small wonder that he takes refuge living a virtual existence online. Everybody has to find their own way of coping. For some it's affairs, for others it's the bottle, while for his old mate Simon, it's serial murder, mass slaughter and professional assasination.
It's a lifestyle not a million miles from those rock-star dreams: international travel, seven-figure pay cheques, adrenalin rushes and, of course, world-wide notoriety. Simon may have sucked as a lead singer, but as 'the Black Spirit' he's number one with a bullet. More hits than Lennon and McCartney.
A performer guaranteed to blow you away.
The last thing on Ray's troubled mind is a band reunion. For one thing, theirs wasn't exactly an amicable split, but a slightly larger obstacle is that Simon has been dead for three years. So when Ray glimpses him walking through Glasgow Airport, he assumes he's seeing things, until Real Life starts getting weirder and more violent than any computer game...
Original title: A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery