The Herald had some words to say about Magenta Opium, words like "impish" and "fun" and "experimental".
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Here's some blurb for you:
The Dempsey family takes dysfunctional seriously. The mother has been AWOL for 8 years, 4 months and 18 days, but who’s counting? The father gets up to something of a highly secret nature, details of which are a bit sketchy at present but possibly a bit kinky, which is detrimental to his hygiene but good for his overall happiness. The prodigal brother had been very naughty indeed. In fact, beyond naughty. Downright bad.
Meanwhile the daughter VERONICA is perhaps a genius. She’s definitely a scientist and arguably insane. Like many scientists, what Veronica likes best is routine. She lives for her schedule and shuns change. But when the police call unexpectedly at her house late one evening their arrival sets in motion a series of events that threaten to destroy her safe environment and sweep her away in a world of drugs, a dead body, kidnapping, piracy, extreme tattooing and legends. Not to mention the Devil himself. And all because of a secret ladder and what the police find in her loft …
In the process of being a genius Veronica discovers a way to make opium better than opium. Her wonder drug has the potential to change the world, literally and metaphorically. With corrupt government agencies and industrial saboteurs bent on stopping her, not forgetting that pesky dead body to deal with (she couldn’t just put it in the bin, could she?), will Veronica Dempsey succeed in bringing magenta opium to the masses?
Praise for Magenta Opium
"Maddening but fun, it's experimental in a quite impish way" - The Herald
"[Baillie] has that Flann O'Brien-like love of wordplay turned up on high" - The Scotsman
"Magenta Opium ... is a mix of dark humour and effortless wit" - the-gist.org
"Readers in the mood for a bit of Dada, spiced with a dash or two of Wilde, with an interest in the capacity of English to be twisted and turned sometimes beyond the breaking point will find pleasure in Magenta Opium" - bookpleasures.com
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