Another fast talking, fast action thriller by the author of QUITE UGLY ONE MORNING, winner of the 1996 Critics' First Blood Award.
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. Fast-moving, blackly humorous and intriguingly credible.
'Violent, funny, Scottish...a publisher's dream.' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Irvine Welsh out of Iain Rankin.' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY 'Tough, in your face...studded with a lot of black humour.' IRISH TIMES 'Tartan Noir' THE INDEPENDENT 'Sassy, irreverant, stylish' THE TIMES 'Sharp, funny...with strong characters and sharp dialogue.' TLS 'Thrillingly unpleasant.' ESQUIRE 'Excellent plotting and a goodly amount of acidic one-liners.' SCOTSMAN 'Brookmyre knows how to plot excitingly and with daring touches of strangeness.' GUARDIAN 'Deviosly plotted, expertly constructed...[Brookmyre] displays a seemingly natural flair for sustaining suspense.' SCOTSMAN