Bad language. Scatalogical humour. Razor wit. Convoluted plot. High readability. It's the new Christopher Brookmyre novel.
The senior pupils of St Peter s High School are on retreat to a secluded outdoor activity centre, coming to terms with the murder of a fellow pupil through the means you would expect: counselling, contemplation, candid discussion and even prayer - not to mention booze, drugs, clandestine liaisons and as much partying as they can get away with.
Not so far away, the commanders of a top-secret military experiment, long-since spiralled out of control, fear they may have literally unleashed the forces of Hell.
Two very different worlds are on a collision course, and will clash in an earthly battle between science and the supernatural, philosophy and faith, civilisation and savagery.
The bookies are offering evens.
** A perfect example of the bathos that the Glaswegian satirist uses so effectively, and an indication of the two worlds that are about to collide' ESQUIRE
** The Scottish author sticks to anti-Establishment finger-pointing and satire that is becoming his trademark SHORTLIST
** It s the busload of teenagers who steal the show in a series of quite brilliant and very funny scenes . . . Very well-written, intelligent and daring Harry Ritchie, DAILY MAIL
** (An) imaginative tale Henry Sutton, DAILY MIRROR
** 'This 13th bone-rattling ride of a novel...provide[s] all the thrills and spills Brookmyre's fans have come to expect, while also delivering a thought-provoking comment on the science versus religion debate' SCOTSMAN
** 'In its oddball Tom Stoppard-meets-World of Warcraft way, this is richly subversive fun' TELEGRAPH
** 'Brookmyre is entertaining and intelligent company...Pandaemonium is smart, funny, big-hearted and blood-splattered. What's not to love?' GUARDIAN
** 'Edgy, sardonic fiction with its finger on the pulse of modern society is the calling card of the taboo-busting Brookmyre and Pandaemonium is characteristically outrageous stuff' DAILY EXPRESS
** 'A great ear for teenage dialogue in its maddening, superficial, hormone-addled glory' WORD
Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full-time novelist with the publication of his award-winning debut QUITE UGLY ONE MORNING, which established him as one of Britain's leading crime authors. His Jack Parlabane novels have sold more than one million copies in the UK alone.