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Literature / All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses an Eye

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Christopher Brookmyre thriller. Scottish super-scientist Ross Fleming may hold the secret that could end all wars. As a result, everyone wants him, not least, as it turns out, his mother, who wants him safe cause he's her boy. But that's just the start of the trouble, as he makes a run for it all over Europe.


  • Action Mom
  • Embarrassing First Name: Hilary Bett
  • Enemy Mine: This doesn't quite work out.
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  • Fairytale Motifs : Lots of Shout Outs to "Beauty and the Beast". Bell and Bett are anglicisations of the French words for Beauty and Beast, although B? is a feminine noun, which would explain the girly first name. Bett also feels a lot of guilt over what his job has led him to do in the past, meaning he sees himself as a monster. A lot of the action takes places in a big chateau in the middle of France where its owner skulks around in the West Wing.
  • Insufferable Genius: Most of Bett's team, and Ross Fleming, have their moments of this. Bett goes out of his way to live up to this one.
  • Mama Bear: Jane/Blue Bell
  • Manipulative Bastard: See YMMV.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Jane.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: What Bett's team might have been if he didn't streamline them so brutally
  • Teen Genius: Alexis and most of the rest of Bett's team.
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  • The Wrong Right Thing: Jane's husband and his options.


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