Famous, beautiful, and talented, Heike Gunn has the world at her feet. Then one day she simply vanishes. Jack Parlabane has lost everything. A call from an old friend offers a chance for redemption--but only if he can find out what happened to Heike.
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...
©2015 Chris Brookmyre (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"Chilling, compelling...Brookmyre is unique." (Mark Billingham)
"A strident blast of the trumpet to wake up crime fiction readers everywhere." (Val McDermid)
No, it's a mystery and I know the outcome. Saying that, the characters are richly portrayed in true Chris Brookmyre style and I genuinely enjoyed the journey.
Yes and no. If my friend liked 'Bedlam' or 'Pandaemonium' (which I did not like at all), I'd tell them to stay away. If they liked the Jasmine Sharpe books, I think that this might be closer to their taste, it's a clever mystery with a bit of familiar Parlabane humour mixed in - which I think really suits the author's style and I'm looking forward to his next effort hugely as a result.
I've been disappointed by Brookmyre's previous 5 books and I've not been enraptured by one since 'A Snowball in Hell' if I'm honest. This was a half-way house between a Parlabane novel of old and a Jasmine Sharpe mystery (it even shares a few characters later on). I liked the balance, it felt like a more natural fit for the author and characters. A definite return to form in my humble opinion, I will start to watch for more new releases by Chris Brookmyre as a result.
You know enough about the synopsis - but I can add that the narration is spot-on, and the use of the two narrators works perfectly. CB's books are usually a treat because they are so intelligently written and engaging in their use of language, this one is too. More please - including all the missing ones from CB's back catalogue.
The underdogs taking on an organisation so much bigger than them and winning.
Angus King captured Jack Parlabane as a gritty Scot with a heart. He was also very good at capturing the different accents of the different characters and they were clearly distinct from each other and in particular he captured the female characters well.
Rock stars, dodgy journalists and people trafficking combine in this fresh and well written novel. The narrators too are convincing one taking the journalist's point of view and the other a rock star novice.
Following the disappointment of Bedlam (not up to the authors usual high standard in my opinion) I was very much looking forward to this book and how satisfying it was too. Another well plotted story with believeable characters. Parlabane may have got older and grown up a little, but still very entertaining. Great to see SPOILER ALERT Spammy showing up and also the cross fertilisation of characters from another series from Brookmyre. Can't wait for more from Parlabane and maybe,at some stage, more from Zal and Angelique.
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
I really like this author. I have now listened to three of his books in one week (so taken was I with my first, his latest, 'Black Widow'). His writing is really beautiful. No padding or cliche. His characters are well drawn and it's easy to care about them quite early in the book. We all enjoy a book that moves along, never leaving us bored. However, if I had one criticism, it would be that the second half of this book, and of 'Be My Enemy', was slightly too fast paced (so much information that it was easy to lose some). Nevertheless, great tale, great author and I think I'm in love with Parlabane.
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Fewer profanities, less comedy. A good enough story but I think I preferred the old Christopher Brookmyre. Nothing unique about this book.
I love Chris Brookmyre's books as his stories develop gradually and he clearly enjoys writing about his key characters. In this one Jack Parlabane is back, almost as a broken man, having lost everything. However, Jack's not really broken - just far more cynical and with less to lose! The narration is great too!
Jack Parlabane of course - the book's main, highly cynical character!
The use of 2 narrators to read the main female and male parts works really well in this book as it's written from 2 different perspectives, flitting between both in turn. Both Angus and Kate play their parts really well and both are entirely convincing!
This was my first introduction to Brookmyre and very different to my usual reading but gripped me from start to finish while causing me to laugh out loud from time to time. Brookmyre now high on my reading list
You may miss some of his earlier over the top humour, but the more serious Chris B is an increasingly accomplished writer of really good thrillers. Well plotted, well read. Highly recommended.
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