Grove, May 2003, 12.00, 373 pp.
With so many icons converted into tourist attractions, Gavin Hutchinson figures his idea to adapt a North Sea oil rig into a "floating holiday experience" for tourists is a sure shot. Gavin believes that people want vacations that are different without having to really travel any distances. To test his concept, Gavin offers to host a fifteen-year high school reunion at his resort. Most of the invitees look forward to the social event, though no one can recall who the host is.
Besides overseeing that the reunion goes well, Gavin has personal problems as his spouse has discovered his womanizing. However, his biggest trouble occurs after the gala begins. Terrorists expecting the rich and famous crash the converted oil rig gala. Disappointed to find a bunch of aging thirty-nothings instead, the disgruntled mercenaries try hard to adapt to knowing that this is NOT THE END OF THE WORLD.
Picture a satirical spoof of Die Hard I to have an understanding of the wild ONE FINE DAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. The exciting story line takes no prisoners as the ensemble cast provides macho action yet deep social commentary (from a leftist's perspective). Though the action is thrilling and the key charcaters deep enough to ensure the irony of the tale, much of the fun comes from the deeper than an oil well and strip mining references to pop literature and movies. Fans of skewing the accepted so-called values will enjoy visiting the Brookmyre symbolism of modern western society: the oil rig.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner