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Christopher Brookmyre - Author

About the Author

Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full time novelist with the publication of QUITE UGLY ONE MORNING. Since the publication of A BIG BOY DID IT AND RAN AWAY he and his family decided to move away from Aberdeen and now live near Glasgow. Oh, yes.

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Featured books by Christopher Brookmyre

Black Widow

Black Widow

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/03/2017

*Winner of the 2016 Crime Novel of the Year at Bloody Scotland*. Did she do it? Did he deserve it? Diana Jager is clever, strong and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism. Yet it takes only hours for her life to crumble when her personal details are released on the internet as revenge for her writing. Then she meets Peter. He's kind, generous, and knows nothing about her past: the second chance she's been waiting for. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident, a nightmare end to their fairytale romance. But Peter's sister Lucy doesn't believe in fairytales, and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling Black Widow...

Black Widow

Black Widow

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2016

There is no perfect marriage. There is no perfect murder. Diana Jager is clever, strong and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism. Yet it takes only hours for her life to crumble when her personal details are released on the internet as revenge for her writing. Then she meets Peter. He's kind, generous, and knows nothing about her past: the second chance she's been waiting for. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident, a nightmare end to their fairytale romance. But Peter's sister Lucy doesn't believe in fairytales, and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling Black Widow...

Dead Girl Walking

Dead Girl Walking

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Life is dangerous when you have everything to lose. Famous, beautiful and talented, Heike Gunn has the world at her feet. Then, one day, she simply vanishes. Jack Parlabane has lost everything: his journalism career, his marriage, his self-respect. A call for help from an old friend offers a chance for redemption - but only if he can find out what happened to Heike. Pursued by those who would punish him for past crimes, Parlabane enters the world of Heike's band, Savage Earth Heart, a group at breaking point. Each of its members seems to be hiding something, not least its newest recruit Monica Halcrow, whose possible relationship with Heike has become a public obsession. Monica's own story, however, reveals a far darker truth. Fixated on Heike from day one, she has been engulfed by paranoia, jealousy and fear, as she discovers the hidden price of fame. From Berlin to Barcelona, from the streets of Milan to remote Scottish islands, Parlabane must find out what happened before it's too late, all while the walls are closing in on him...

Dead Girl Walking

Dead Girl Walking

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/01/2015

Life is dangerous when you have everything to lose. Famous, beautiful and talented, Heike Gunn has the world at her feet. Then, one day, she simply vanishes. Jack Parlabane has lost everything: his journalism career, his marriage, his self-respect. A call for help from an old friend offers a chance for redemption - but only if he can find out what happened to Heike. Pursued by those who would punish him for past crimes, Parlabane enters the world of Heike's band, Savage Earth Heart, a group at breaking point. Each of its members seems to be hiding something, not least its newest recruit Monica Halcrow, whose possible relationship with Heike has become a public obsession. Monica's own story, however, reveals a far darker truth. Fixated on Heike from day one, she has been engulfed by paranoia, jealousy and fear, as she discovers the hidden price of fame.

Flesh Wounds

Flesh Wounds

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

One crime brought them together ...Private investigator Jasmine Sharp should have wanted him dead. Yet somehow, Jasmine bonded with Glen Fallan, the man who killed her father before she was born. Now he has been arrested for the murder of a local gangster, and Jasmine must finally enter his violent domain to seek answers...a second will break them apart Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod is in fear for her life. When she discovers a symbol daubed on the head of Fallan's alleged victim, it unearths secrets that will threaten everything Catherine holds dear.

Bedlam

Bedlam

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2014

HEAVEN IS A PRISON. HELL IS A PLAYGROUND. Ross Baker is an overworked scientist developing medical technology for corporate giant Neurosphere, but he'd rather be playing computer games than dealing with his nightmare boss or slacker co-workers. He volunteers as a test candidate for the new tech - anything to get out of the office for a few hours. But when he emerges from the scanner he discovers he's not only escaped the office, but possibly escaped real life for good. He's trapped in Starfire - a video game he played as a child - with no explanation, no backup and, most terrifyingly, no way out.

Other books by Christopher Brookmyre

Wer andern eine Bombe baut

Wer andern eine Bombe baut

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: eBook Release Date: 08/03/2018

Cool, britisch und ziemlich raffiniert: Ein Thriller uber einen gewissenlosen Auftragsterroristen - voller Esprit und schwarzem Humor und mit einem atemberaubenden Showdown in den schottischen Highlands. War's das fr Raymond Ash? An der Uni trumten er und sein Kumpel Simon von einer Zukunft als Rockstar, stattdessen hat er jetzt, mit Mitte 30, ein schreiendes Baby und einen neuen Job als Lehrer an der Backe - und Simon ist seit drei Jahren tot. Kein Wunder, dass Ray seinen Augen nicht traut, als er ihn am Glasgower Flughafen sieht. Und dann geschehen auf einmal Dinge, die seltsamer und brutaler sind als jedes von Rays geliebten Computerspielen. Gemeinsam mit der Polizistin Angelique de Xavia (bekannt aus Die hohe Kunst des Bankraubs) gert er in sich immer schneller berschlagende Ereignisse, und die beiden mssen ber sich hinauswachsen, um einen Terroranschlag zu verhindern, den der "e;neue"e;, sehr sehr bse Simon verben will. Nur: was ist berhaupt das Ziel der Attacke? Die Spur fuhrt in die schottischen Highlands Mrderische Spannung, tiefschwarzer britischer Humor, ein halsbrecherischer Showdown und umwerfende Protagonisten - nach Die hohe Kunst des Bankraubs der nchste Pageturner mit der toughen Glasgower Polizistin Angelique de Xavia!

Black Widow

Black Widow

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: eBook Release Date: 12/09/2017

From Scottish crime master Christopher Brookmyre, Black Widow tells the potent story of a woman who thought she was too late for love, the man who falls for her ambition, and the secret selves that are poised, at any moment, to end everything.Diana Jager is clever, strong, and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism in medicine. Yet it takes only hours for her life to crumble when her personal details are released on the internet as revenge for her writing. Then she meets Peter. He is kind, generous, and knows nothing about her past-the second chance she's been waiting for. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident, a nightmare end to their fairy-tale romance. But Peter's sister Lucy doesn't believe in fairy tales, and tasks rogue reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling the Black Widow.Still on the mend from a turbulent divorce, Jack's investigation into matters of the heart takes him to hidden places no one should ever have to go.

Last Hack

Last Hack

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2017

-The Last Hack is vintage Brookmyre-equal parts adrenaline and empathy, a plot that opens out like a Japanese flower dropped in hot water, and characters so real you want to reach through the page and save them."e;-Diana GabaldonPublished in the UK as Want You GoneThere are no women on the Internet. It is one of the cardinal rules of hacking, and not since Lisbeth Salander famously violated it in Stieg Larsson's Millenium series has the maxim been so compellingly broken as in The Last Hack, the new Jack Parlabane thriller from one of the smartest minds in crime fiction, Christopher Brookmyre. Sam Morpeth has had to grow up way too fast. Left to fend for a younger sister with learning difficulties when their mother goes to prison, she is forced to watch her dreams of university evaporate. But Sam learns what it is to be truly powerless when a stranger begins to blackmail her online. Meanwhile, reporter Jack Parlabane seems to have finally gotten his career back on track with a job at a flashy online news start-up, but his success has left him indebted to a volatile source on the wrong side of the law. Now that debt is being called in, and it could cost him everything. Thrown together by a common enemy, Sam and Jack are about to discover they have more in common than they realize-and might be each other's only hope.

Last Hack

Last Hack

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2017

There are no women on the Internet-it is one of the cardinal rules of hacking, and not since Lisbeth Salander famously violated it in Stieg Larsson's Millenium series has the maxim been so compellingly broken as in The Last Hack, the new Jack Parlabane thriller from one of the smartest minds in crime fiction, Christopher Brookmyre.Sam Morpeth has had to grow up way too fast. Left to fend for a younger sister with learning difficulties when their mother goes to prison, she is forced to watch her dreams of university evaporate. But Sam learns what it is to be truly powerless when a stranger begins to blackmail her online. Meanwhile, reporter Jack Parlabane seems to have finally gotten his career back on track with a job at a flashy online news start-up, but his success has left him indebted to a volatile source on the wrong side of the law. Now that debt is being called in, and it could cost him everything. Thrown together by a common enemy, Sam and Jack are about to discover they have more in common than they realize-and might be each other's only hope.

El bendito arte de robar

El bendito arte de robar

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: eBook Release Date: 05/06/2017

Zal Innez, ingenioso ladron de cultivado intelecto y amante del arte, esta siendo chantajeado por Alejandro Estabol, su jefe y uno de los grandes del crimen organizado, para perpetrar un robo de gran envergadura. A modo de entrenamiento, Innez y sus chicos, una pandilla de artistas fracasados, atracan un pequeo banco de Glasgow en el que hacen uso de mtodos poco ortodoxos, tales como disparar polvos pica-pica a agentes armados, utilizar pistolas falsas o dibujar obras de arte para tranquilizar a sus rehenes y evitar bajas innecesarias.Durante el delirante asalto, Zal conoce a la detective Angelique de Xavia. Conscientes de la fuerte atraccin que sienten el uno por el otro, nace un amor imposible. Zal sabe que Angelique le ha descubierto y anda tras sus pasos, mientras que Angelique intenta ignorar la posibilidad de que el caco se est aprovechando de la situacin.Brookmyre despliega esta desternillante y muy cinematogrfica tragicomedia presentndonos un cctel de stira social, romance y suspense, asistido por su florida y coloquial prosa y su profundamente subversiva inteligencia."e;Un thriller, una historia de amor, una stira social y un aviso para no tomarse demasiado en serio lo absurdo."e;Time Out"e;Chris Brookmyre es un genio."e;Daily Mirror

Angriff der unsinkbaren Gummienten

Angriff der unsinkbaren Gummienten

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2014

Brookmyre at his best: Wie schon in Die hohe Kunst des Bankraubs legt der Schotte einen skurrilen und wahnwitzig klugen Kriminalroman vor: diesmal uber den Aberglauben derer, die unbeirrbar nach dem Ubersinnlichen suchen, und die verbrecherischen Tricks jener, die genau dies ausnutzen. Telepathie und Stimmen aus dem Jenseits? Gegenstnde, die sich aus der Luft materialisieren? Alles Hokuspokus, Aberglaube und Spinnerei? Nachdem Gabriel Lafayette, der amerikanische TV-Star mit besonderen Gaben, die er selbst einen Fluch nennt, in einer beeindruckenden Sance mit der verstorbenen Frau des Mbeltycoons Lemuel gesprochen hat, will dieser an der Uni Glasgow ein wissenschaftliches Institut zur Untersuchung paranormaler Phnomene grnden.Vorher soll Lafayette unter strengster Kontrolle seine Gabe unter Beweis stellen. Eine wissenschaftliche Sensation von historischem Ausma Aber kann das wirklich wahr sein? Jack Parlabane, seines Zeichens Journalist von der unbequemen Sorte ( jedenfalls fr korrupte Politiker oder betrgerische Firmenbosse), hat Zweifel. Er ist einer, dem man nichts vormachen kann - und der eigentlich jede Art von Geisterglaube und Parapsychologie fr Quatsch hlt. Doch es geschehen immer unerklrlichere Dinge, und in Jack keimt der Zweifel. Aber dann berschlagen sich die Ereignisse, und er entdeckt die perfekte Undercover-Tarnung fr die fetteste Story, die er je am Haken hatte.Christopher Brookmyre berschttet uns wie schon in Die hohe Kunst des Bankraubs mit Tuschungsmanvern, Tricks und falschen Kdern, bis man beinahe bereit ist, an wirklich alles zu glauben - und zieht dann elegant grinsend den Stpsel.

Bedlam

Bedlam

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2014

HEAVEN IS A PRISON. HELL IS A PLAYGROUND. Ross Baker is an overworked scientist developing medical technology for corporate giant Neurosphere, but he'd rather be playing computer games than dealing with his nightmare boss or slacker co-workers. He volunteers as a test candidate for the new tech - anything to get out of the office for a few hours. But when he emerges from the scanner he discovers he's not only escaped the office, but possibly escaped real life for good. He's trapped in Starfire - a video game he played as a child - with no explanation, no backup and, most terrifyingly, no way out.

Die hohe Kunst des Bankraubs

Die hohe Kunst des Bankraubs

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: eBook Release Date: 15/08/2013

Bankraub mit Beckett. Straenartisten entpuppen sich als gewiefte Ganoven, die in Wahrheit echte Knstler sind, und Brookmyre selbst zeigt sich als ein literarischer Trickbetrger allererster Gte!Bei so einem Bankberfall mchte man auch mal dabei sein: Fnf Straenakrobaten mit Clownsmaskenkapriolen von der Fugngerzone bis in die Schalterhalle einer Glasgower Bank. Einer wirbelt im Salto ber die Schutzabsperrung, alle haben pltzlich Waffen in der Hand, und ihr Anfhrer verkndet freundlich: "e;Herzlich willkommen, meine Damen und Herren, Sie nehmen teil an einem Bankberfall."e;Doch die Ruber sind nicht nur Akrobaten, sie haben ihrem "e;Publikum"e; auch sonst einiges zu bieten: Die Geiseln werden mit einer Theatervorfhrung von Warten auf Godot bespat, whrend der Safe-Computer geknackt wird; und am Ende gibt es noch ein lustiges Kunstgemlde-Raten fr alle. Die Polizei drauen findet die Geiselnahme naturgem weniger amsant. Officer Angelique de Xavia, Single, vom Chef gedisst, heute 30 geworden, hat eh schon einen schlechten Tag: Des berfalls wegen verpasst sie gerade ein Spiel der Glasgow Rangers, und jetzt soll sie auch noch im Alleingang die Bank verwanzen.Doch dann trifft sie auf Zal, den Anfhrer der Bande - und schon vor der spektakulren Flucht der Safeknacker knistert es gewaltig zwischen den beiden. Der Gangster und die Polizistin lassen sich auf eine fr beide riskante Affre ein. Keiner kann dem anderen trauen, und sicher ist nur, dass der Bankraub erst der Auftakt fr einen noch viel greren Coup ist, ein tuschungstechnisches Grokunstwerk. Geniale Dialoge; irrwitzige Situationen; gefhrliche Widersacher; die groe Frage, was eigentlich Kunst ist und wer sie dafr hlt, und zwei Helden, die so originell, aufregend und clever sind, dass man am liebsten Flickflacks schlagen wrde - Brookmyre erweist sich in diesem Buch als Gromeister der literarischen Illusion.

Wer schlafende Hunde weckt

Wer schlafende Hunde weckt

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: eBook Release Date: 16/08/2012

Abgebruht, ausgebufft, fesselnd und intelligent - unsere Krimi-Entdeckung aus Schottland. In Grobritannien sind seine Bcher schon lngst Krimi-Kult! Nun erscheint endlich der erste Brookmyre Roman auf Deutsch. Glasgow, Mitte des letzten Jahrzehnts. Jasmine Sharp msste eigentlich jubeln: Endlich hat sie einen Job. Ihr Onkel Jim, Privatdetektiv, Ex-Cop und ihr einziger Verwandter, hat es nett gemeint und sie zu seiner Assistentin gemacht. Aber besonders geschickt angestellt hat sie sich bisher nicht. Wenn man ehrlich ist, muss man sogar zugeben: Als Privatdetektivin ist sie eher lausig. Doch als Jim pltzlich spurlos verschwindet, muss Jasmine ber sich hinauswachsen: Auf eigene Faust und geplagt von Selbstzweifeln beginnt sie zu ermitteln. Bei ihren Nachforschungen trifft sie auf Tron Ingrams, der ihr mit seiner brutalen und verschlossenen Art Angst macht und offensichtlich mehr wei als er sagt. Schnell muss Jasmine feststellen, dass sie es mit Gegnern zu tun hat, die vor nichts zurckschrecken. Ohne es zu wissen, ist sie dem grten Korruptionsskandal auf der Spur, den Glasgow je erlebt hat. Und sie erkennt, dass sie und Ingrams mehr verbindet, als ihr lieb ist. In Grobritannien hat Christopher Brookmyre bereits Kultstatus. Wer schlafende Hunde weckt ist der erste Krimi von ihm, der auf Deutsch erscheint. "e;Chris Brookmyre is a genius."e; Mirror

Pandaemonium

Pandaemonium

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

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.

Attack Of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks

Attack Of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2008

Do you believe in ghosts? Do we really live on in some conscious form after we die, and is that form capable of communicating with the world of the living?...Aye, right. That was Jack Parlabane's stance on the matter, anyway. But this was before he found himself in the more compromising position of being not only dead himself, but worse: dead with an exclusive still to file. From his position on high, Parlabane relates the events leading up to his demise, largely concerning the efforts of charismatic psychic Gabriel Lafayette to reconcile the scientific with the spiritual by submitting to controlled laboratory tests. Parlabane is brought in as an observer, due to his capacities as both a sceptic and an expert on deception, but he soon finds his certainties crumbling and his assumptions turned upside down as he encounters phenomena for which he can deduce no rational explanation. Perhaps, in a world in which he can find himself elected rector of an esteemed Scottish university, anything truly is possible. One thing he knows for certain, however: Death is not the end - it's the ultimate undercover assignment.

Attack Of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks

Attack Of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 08/02/2007

Do you believe in ghosts? Do we really live on in some conscious form after we die, and is that form capable of communicating with the world of the living? Aye, right. That was Jack Parlabane's stance on the matter, anyway. But this was before he found himself in the more compromising position of being not only dead himself, but worse: dead with an exclusive still to file. From his position on high, Parlabane relates the events leading up to his demise, largely concerning the efforts of charismatic psychic Gabriel Lafayette to reconcile the scientific with the spiritual by submitting to controlled laboratory tests. Parlabane is brought in as an observer, due to his capacities as both a sceptic and an expert on deception, but he soon finds his certainties crumbling and his assumptions turned upside down as he encounters phenomena for which he can deduce no rational explanation. Perhaps, in a world in which he can find himself elected rector of an esteemed Scottish university, anything truly is possible. One thing he knows for certain, however: Death is not the end - it's the ultimate undercover assignment.

The Sacred Art Of Stealing

The Sacred Art Of Stealing

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2003

Their eyes met across a crowded room. She was just a poor servant girl and he was the son of a rich industrialist. Er, no, this is a Christopher Brookmyre novel, although the eyes meeting across a crowded room part is true. Where it differs from the fairy tales is that the room in question was crowded with hostages and armed bank-robbers, and his eyes were the only part of him she could see behind the mask. He is an art-thief par excellence and she is a connoisseur of crooks. Her job is to hunt him to extinction; his is to avoid being caught and he also has a secret agenda more valuable than anything he might steal. There are risks he can take without jeopardising his plans. He can afford to play cat-and-mouse with the female cop who's on his tail; it might even arguably be necessary. What he can't afford is to let her get too close: he could could end up in jail or, even more scary, he could end up in love ...

A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away

A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2003

Back when they were students, just like everybody else, Ray Ash and Simon Darcourt had dreams about what they'd do when they grew up. In both their cases, it was to be rock stars. Fifteen years later, their mid-thirties are bearing down fast, and just like everybody else, they're having to accept the less glamorous hands reality has dealt them. Nervous new father Ray takes refuge from his responsibilities by living a virtual existence in online games. People say he needs to grow up, but everybody has to find their own way of coping. For some it's affairs, for others it's the bottle, and for Simon it's serial murder, mass slaughter and professional assassination.

Country of the Blind

Country of the Blind

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2002

British critics have compared Christopher Brookmyre's writing to the sassy, nasty, fast style of the Americans Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen (The Guardian) and called his work perpetually in-your-face ... irreverent and stylish (The Times). Now he returns with another cracked gem of a comic thriller: Country of the Blind. This time, hard-bitten investigative journalist Jack Parlabane -- hero of Brookmyre's award-winning novel Quite Ugly One Morning-finds himself up to his eyeballs in murder, mayhem, and political intrigue when conservative tabloid media mogul Roland Voss is discovered at his country estate with his throat slit and his wife and bodyguards killed. The police have arrested four men fleeing the scene, but for Parlabane it all doesn't add up and he suspects the fix is in ... unless he can get to the bottom of things before everybody else. Packed with Brookmyre's distinctive collection of wacked-out characters and fueled by his trademark hell-for-leather pacing, Country of the Blind is a tart tartan noir that will leave you breathless with suspense -- if you're not asphyxiated by convulsions of laughter first. A high-octane political thriller doused in stinging satire. -- The Sunday Times (London)

Not the End of the World

Not the End of the World

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2002

The Guardian (London) has called comic-thriller writer Christopher Brookmyre the next star of the genre . His American debut, Not the End of the World, is a fast and furious novel set in Los Angeles at the near side of the millennium, at a point when the world is about to spin out of control -- and maybe out of existence. When an oceanic research vessel is discovered with all of its crew vanished, it sets off a chain of events that pulls Lt. Larry Freeman of the LAPD out of the ho-hum assignment of overseeing the security for a B-movie film festival and headlong into a frenzied race to stop a terrorist plot. Along the way he must contend with aging porn stars, rabid evangelical Christians, a mysterious Glaswegian photographer, and an unknown agenda, all in a frenzied -- and ultimately hysterical-race against time. Imagine Day of the Locust updated and rewritten by Carl Hiaasen. ... Good solid fun. -- Kirkus Reviews Perpetually in-your-face: sassy, irreverent, and stylish ... [with] a high-octane sense of the absurd. -- The Times (London) Very violent, very funny ... comedy with a political edge, which you take gleefully in one gulp. -- Literary Review

One Fine Day In The Middle Of The Night

One Fine Day In The Middle Of The Night

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2000

Gavin is creating a unique 'holiday experience', every facility any tourist who hates abroad will ever want, will all be available on a converted North Sea oil rig. To test the facilities he's hosting a reunion for his old school (none of his ex-classmates can remember him, but what the heck, it's free). He is so busy showing off that he doesn't notice that another group have invited themselves along -- a collection of terrorist mercenaries who are occasionally of more danger to themselves than to the public. And they in turn are unaware that Inspector MacGregor has got wind of their activities. Within twenty-four hours Gavin's dream has blown to the four winds, along with a lot of other things. Fast, rabidly funny, and seriously over the top.

Boiling A Frog

Boiling A Frog

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2000

Jack Parlabane, the investigative journalist who is not averse to breaking the law for the sake of a good story, has finally been caught on the petard of his own self-confidence and is experiencing accommodation courtesy of Her Majesty. The fledgling Scottish parliament is in catatonic shock after experiencing its first dose of Westminster sleaze. The Catholic Church of Scotland is taking full advantage of the politicians' discomfort and is riding high in the polls as the voice of morality. Behind the scenes the truth is obscured by the machinations of the spin doctors and in prison, aware he's missing out on a great story, Parlabane discovers that contacts and a pretty way with words are no defence against people he has helped to put away. Part political satire, part cliff-hanging thriller this is high calibre entertainment.

Not The End Of The World

Not The End Of The World

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/1999

The crew of an oceanic research vessel goes missing in the Pacific along with their mini-submarine. An evangelical media star holds a rally next door to a convention in LA devoted to 'nubile' cinematic entertainment. The cops know there's going to be trouble and they are not disappointed. What they didn't foresee was the presence in their state of a Glaswegian photographer with an indecipherable accent and a strong dislike of hypocrisy, or of a terrorist who seems to have access to plutonium as well as Semtex. In his unique style, Christopher Brookmyre throws a harsh light on the selfish preoccupations of 1990s society and at the same time provides uproarious entertainment.

Country Of The Blind

Country Of The Blind

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/1998

The murder of a media moghul in his country mansion appears to be the result of him disturbing a gang of would-be thieves. The robbers are swiftly caught, but when they are unexpectedly moved to a different prison they escape. Back in Edinburgh, a young solicitor reveals to the press that one of the subjects had left a letter with her some time before the break-in which proves his innocence. Jack Parlabane, journo-extraordinaire, is intrigued, but when he approaches the lawyer he discovers someone else is trying to get near her - someone with evil intent, political connections of the highest order and a corrupt agenda. Fast-moving, blackly humorous and intriguingly credible.

Quite Ugly One Morning

Quite Ugly One Morning

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/1997

Yeah, yeah, the usual. A crime. A corpse. A killer. Heard it. Except this stiff happens to be a Ponsonby, scion of a venerable Edinburgh medical clan, and the manner of his death speaks of unspeakable things. Why is the body displayed like a slice of beef? How come his hands are digitally challenged? And if it's not the corpse, what is that awful smell? A post-Thatcherite nightmare of frightening plausibility, QUITE UGLY ONE MORNING is a wickedly entertaining and vivacious thriller, full of acerbic wit, cracking dialogue and villains both reputed and shell-suited.