Christopher Brookmyre - Flesh Wounds (4 stars)

Scottish crime fiction author goes darker in latest novel


This article is from 2013.

Christopher Brookmyre - Flesh Wounds

(Little, Brown)

Jasmine Sharp, the aspiring actress-turned-private investigator who first appeared in Where the Bodies are Buried, returns for a third outing in Chris Brookmyre’s latest delve into the murky world of Glasgow’s criminal underworld. When top gangster Stevie Fullarton is shot dead, his former comrade-in-crime Glen Fallan is the prime suspect. Fallan has become a guardian angel for Sharp since he admitted that he killed her gangster father before her birth, perhaps feeling he owes her. She quickly determines that Fallan is being set up but doesn’t know why or by whom. Meanwhile DS Catherine McLeod, no friend to Sharp, not only has to find out who killed Fullarton, but also why her investigation is being subtlety hindered by someone in the upper echelons of the police force. This is darker than Brookmyre’s previous novels, although his trademark pitch-black humour is still present. The wanton violence has consequences – usually devastating – and innocent bystanders bear the brunt of it. It is a well-paced thriller with a satisfyingly complex plot and a vivid cast of larger-than-life characters.

This article is from 2013.

Chris Brookmyre

Brookmyre discusses his eighth Jack Parlabane novel, Want You Gone. Christopher Brookmyre is the author of novels starring investigate journalist Jack Parlabane, counterterrorism officer Angelique de Xavia and crime duo Jasmine Sharp and Catherine McLeod, a private detective and a police investigator. In 2016 his…

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