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Summary

Jack Parlabane is an investigative journalist who is not averse to breaking the law for a good story.

Scottish parliament is in catatonic shock after experiencing its first dose of Westminster sleaze, and the Catholic Church of Scotland is taking advantage of the politicians' discomfort. Behind the scenes the truth is obscured.

Aware he's missing out on a great story; Parlabane discovers that contacts and a way with words is no defence against people he has helped to put away.

©2000 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Surreal, satirical, irreverent, violent and immensely funny." ( The Times )
"New Labour, the Scottish Parliament, the Catholic Church, the tabloid press, spin doctors - all of them are given a thorough knifing by Brookmyre's razor-sharp pen." ( Maxim)

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political comedy show

funny,believable and a thriller. Christopher brookmyre again had me laughing and gasping at the story. Angus King again brought the story alive.

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Fantastic in parts - boring in places

There is no doubt that Christopher Brookmyre writes with impressive intelligence but parts of this were just too much about educating the reader (or listener) - almost to the point of browbeating. There was so little action and so much information about the Scottish political and religious landscape that I almost gave up on it. I'm glad I didn't as I was rewarded for my perseverance with a scene that had me crying with laughter. I would say that the book is about 50% action and 50% political education and for this reason I still found it a bit hard going. However, it is written with wit and intelligence and took some interesting twists and turns..

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slow start! brilliant finish

started slow but picked up and sped along. excellent .realty enjoyed it .on to next

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Brilliant!

Very funny and enjoyable. Listened to the whole book in one day. An excellent book.

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Entwining

Angus King has a pretty strong Scots accent, but I soon got used to it & enjoyed listening to him in fact.
The story is very well woven & had me guessing.
It contains murder, blackmail, manipulation, coercion . . . & keeps going right to the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed it (& there are no frogs 👍🏼)

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Brilliant

Loved it, best Jack P story yet.
Could listen to Chris Brookemyre books every day

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Excellent.

Excellent story, full of intrigue and unexpected twists. Should be developed for the big screen.

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Absolutely hilarious and brilliant

Very poignant, entertaining and a great commentary on new Labour and the church. Brookmyres understanding of people is second to none.

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Hillarious!

twist after turn after twist with hillarious classic Brookmyre rants and character dialogue.
The prison character dialogue was especially impressive.
Perhaps I've read too many of these but could see the ending but never how he got there and non of the twists and turns in the story. Gripping and surprising.

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Disappointed

So far I have loved Brookmyre's books, but found this one too wordy. It feels like a very good short story but padded out to make a novel. Will continue with his next one however.

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