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

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.

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Flesh Wounds

Flesh Wounds

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

Private investigator Jasmine Sharp's father was murdered before she was born, and her mother went to self-sacrificing lengths in order to shield her from the world in which he moved. Since her mother's death, all she has been able to learn is his first name - and that only through a strange bond she has forged with the man who killed him: Glen Fallan. But when Fallan is arrested for the murder of a criminal her mother knew since childhood, Jasmine is finally forced to enter his domain: a place where violence is a way of life and vengeance spans generations. Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod has one major Glaswegian gangster in the mortuary and another in the cells for killing him - which ought to be cause for celebration. Catherine is not smiling, however. From the moment she discovered a symbol daubed on the victim's head, she has understood that this case is far more dangerous than it appears on the surface: deeper than skin, darker than blood; something that could threaten her family and end her career. As one battles her demons and the other chases her ghosts, these two very different detectives will ultimately confront the secrets that have entangled both of their fates since before Jasmine was even born.

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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.

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Where the Bodies are Buried

Where the Bodies are Buried

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2012

June 2012 MEGA Book of the Month. Until this one, Brookmyre's manic crime capers have been dripping with humour, satire, bad taste, wacky incidents and characters and an awful lot of dead bodies.  They are unique and totally addictive.  Now he has produced a Glaswegian noir, a gritty, conventional crime tale of drug dealers and dodgy policemen with a very likeable, inexperienced P.I. Jasmine and a fast-paced plot involving a missing baby and his parents many years ago.  It is unusual for Brookmyre but as a crime novel it is superb.   Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2012.   Click here to find out about the second book in this series, When the Devil Drives. 

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When the Devil Drives

When the Devil Drives

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2012

Brookmyre continues his excellent Glasgow based crime noir series with a second case for inexperienced but highly likeable P.I. Jasmine Sharp, who has really wanted to be an actress since she was 6! A seemingly simple case quickly turns dark and dangerous as she get closer to unearthing a deadly 30 year old secret. We loved the twisty turny plot and we recommend you read the first book, Where the Bodies are Buried, first.

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A Snowball in Hell

A Snowball in Hell

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2009

Starring a feisty, mixed-race Glaswegian female police officer and her illusionist-cum-bank robber lover, whom we met in The Sacred Art of Stealing, this is one heck of a tale.  Complex, violent and humorous, it is a satire on reality shows and it is very clever. Comparison: Ben Elton, Carl Hiaasen, Simon Lewis.

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A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil

A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2007

Less grisly and more serious than his previous tales so newcomers to this wonderful author will have a few surprises when you tackle his backlist, but tackle them you must for he is very special. Those familiar with Brookmyre will find the details typically complicated and will be interested to know that, as with his first novel Quite Ugly One Morning, we get an intriguing look at Scottish local government and politics. But which ever you are, old or new to this author, you are in for a treat.Similar this month: None but try Simon Beckett.Comparison: Christopher Fowler, Colin Bateman, Charles Higson.

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All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye

All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2006

One of the cleverest, funniest, slickest and inventive crime writers around. Every book is a satirical gem. This one stars a bored Scottish housewife whose dream of rubbing shoulders with James Bond suddenly becomes reality, not literally, but for her damn close when she is recruited by a group of unconventional security experts and learns to claw and spit to protect her son. It is such fun, one of his best.Similar this month: None but try Malcolm Pryce.Comparison: Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Buckley, Chris Haslam.

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Be My Enemy

Be My Enemy

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback (b Format) Release Date: 02/09/2004

A fast, action-packed, page-turning novel of corporate bonding that plummets into mayhem in a complicated plot that is set in and around an historic mansion. It’s classic Brookmyre; humorous, thrilling stuff. You really have to read this man, a star for the future. Since this is not his best (although brilliant), you’ve got some real thrills in store once you become hooked on him. You may have caught James Nesbitt in an earlier one on television, Quite Ugly One Morning.Comparison: James Hawes, Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Fowler.

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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.

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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!

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.

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.

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 Release Date: 03/06/2010

What a read!  Complex, violent, at times confusing, but always exciting.  We are first introduced to a mysterious environment with a subterranean feel and peopled with scientists, guards, a Catholic cardinal and unidentified live ‘subjects’ that are being experimented on.  The other group is school children with four members of staff in an outward bound centre.  When these two groups collide sparks certainly fly in a hell of a finale.  If you’ve not come across Brookmyre before be prepared for a highly intelligent, sharp and thought-provoking read.  He is very good indeed. Comparison: Unique but try Bateman or Christopher Buckley.

Attack Of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks

Attack Of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks

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

The fifth book in the Jack Parlabane series, from author Christopher Brookmyre. 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.

Quite Ugly One Morning

Quite Ugly One Morning

Author: Christopher Brookmyre Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2004

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.