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Publisher's Summary

Back when they were students, Simon and his friend, Ray, had dreams to become rock stars. Fifteen years later their mid-30s are bearing down fast, and they're having to accept a less glamorous life.
Ray takes refuge from his responsibilities by living a virtual existence in online games. People say he needs to grow up, but everybody finds their own way of coping.
But for Simon it's serial murder, mass slaughter and professional assassination.
©2001 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Sharply satirical and poignantly funny, this is a gripping and highly entertaining read." ( Time Out)
"A bit like a literary computer game, this novel has plenty of verve and dash." ( Irish Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lindsay on 01-13-16

Superb, sarcastic and full of great characters

The book itself is excellent - the student politics and characters (especially for someone who went to Glasgow University) are extremely well drawn and the story sweeps you along - flashbacks and all. My one gripe is the pronunciation of 'Rank Bajin' by the narrator, in Glasgow slang this should be pronounced as 'rank bad yin' - fan more apt for the character! Nonetheless, an excellent listen.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By L. Lomax on 05-01-16


Would you listen to A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away again? Why?

Possibly - though I rarely do re-read or re-listen to books.

What other book might you compare A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away to, and why?

None really.

What about Steve Worsley’s performance did you like?


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really. Not that sort of book. Quite fast paced.

Any additional comments?

Loved it. Listening to another of his. Really good storyline, plenty of action, a bit off the wall, witty - and the reader was excellent. Carried the tone and pace of the book superbly. This was the listening equivalent of the book you can't put down. I do hope he's still writing!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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