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.
©1997 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"Tough, in your face...studded with a lot of black humour." (Irish Times)
"Sassy, irreverent, stylish." (The Times)
Within its own context this is a lovingly written story of betrayal, political lies, underestimation of salt of the earth characters and bloodshed. The fact the plot becomes very far-fetched is a minor consideration.
Long journeys need good books!
I am reading Brookmye's books out of sequence as this is his second book but has only just been released on Audible. This is the second book featuring Jack Parlabane;It was written in 1997 and although very political could have been written last week. Apart from a very few references dating the work, nothings changed and Brookmye's Political views (which tend to match my own) come through like a bullet train. Don't let this put you off they are delivered in a brilliant story and very well produced plot. The narrator is brilliant and does a very good job.
Getting through a lot of the Tartan Noir at the ,moment
This was quite slow, but I can't help liking Brookmyre books for the feelings of home the Glasgow accent gives. It's the only accent with multiple swearing that seems right as that is how a true ned banters!
Robbers on the run are accused of murder and it's up to Jack and a newbie solicitor to prove their innocence.
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