A Big Boy Did it and Ran Away, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Back when they were students, just like everybody else, Ray Ash and Simon Darcourt had dreams about what they'd do when they grew up. In both their cases, it was to be rock stars. Fifteen years later, their mid-thirties are bearing down fast, and just like everybody else, they're having to accept the less glamorous hands reality has dealt them.

Nervous new father Ray takes refuge from his responsibilities by living a virtual existence in online games.

People say he needs to grow up, but everybody has to find their own way of coping.

For some it's affairs, for others it's the bottle, and for Simon it's serial murder, mass slaughter and professional assassination.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9780349116846

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This has got to be the funniest book I've read for a very long time. Even better than Three Bags Full. Brookmyre's descriptive powers are extremely good, particularly regarding schoolboys, teachers and aspirations. As in all his books, belief will need to be suspended in respect of the plotline but this doesn't do the book any harm at all, rather the opposite in fact.

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This book disappointed me. I enjoyed the other Brookmyre's I've read a lot, but this one failed to charm me. This is an action book, but there are too many flashbacks that stop all the action and that are really annoying. The reader needs the information in the flashbacks, but having a victim who has just escaped after an abduction and a mock execution thinking about his youth for some 10 pages while he is driving a stolen car and while he is supposed to have no idea of where he is, just does not ring true. And while the flashbacks are well-written enough, you can see what's coming from pages and pages away, and that does not help either. If you want to read a really enjoyable Brookmyre, go for All Fun and Games until Someone Loses an Eye