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Christopher Brookmyre

Author of Quite Ugly One Morning

31+ Works 9,824 Members 311 Reviews 67 Favorited

About the Author

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Series

Works by Christopher Brookmyre

Quite Ugly One Morning (1996) 1,047 copies
The Sacred Art of Stealing (2002) 695 copies
Boiling a Frog (2000) 658 copies
Country of the Blind (1997) 617 copies
Not the End of the World (1998) 595 copies
Be My Enemy (2004) 540 copies
Pandaemonium (2009) 368 copies
A Snowball in Hell (2008) 351 copies
Where the Bodies Are Buried (2011) 331 copies
Black Widow (2016) 234 copies
When the Devil Drives (2012) 214 copies
Bedlam (2013) 170 copies
Places in the Darkness (2017) 166 copies
Dead Girl Walking (2015) 157 copies
Flesh Wounds (2013) 152 copies
Want You Gone (2017) 149 copies
Fallen Angel (2019) 114 copies
The Cut (2021) 77 copies
The Cliff House (2022) 68 copies
Jaggy Splinters (2012) 27 copies
Real Life (2005) 7 copies
Siege Mentality (2017) 3 copies

Associated Works

Bloody Scotland (2018) — Contributor — 64 copies
The Mammoth Book of Comic Crime (2002) — Contributor — 47 copies
Crimespotting (1656) — Contributor — 44 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 8 (2011) — Contributor — 28 copies

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Common Knowledge

Other names
Parry, Ambrose (pseudonym when writing with wife Dr. Marisa Haetzman)
Birthdate
1968-09-06
Gender
male
Nationality
UK
Birthplace
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Places of residence
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Education
University of Glasgow (MA|1989|D.Litt(Hon)|2013)
St. Mark's Primary School
St. Luke's High School
Occupations
novelist
journalist
Relationships
Haetzman, Marisa (wife and co-author)
Organizations
Humanist Society of Scotland (President : 2008-2015)
Agent
Kim Witherspoon (InkWell Management)
Short biography
Christopher Brookmyre writes both science fiction and mystery. In the latter category, he is considered to be a Tartan Noir writer, and whose novels, generally in a crime or police procedural frame, mix comedy, politics, social comment and action with a strong narrative. His science fiction novel, Bedlam, was turned into a video game, which he also wrote.

He and his wife, anaesthetist Dr. Marisa Haetzman,
have also written three novels under the pseudonym Ambrose Parry. [from Bloody Scotland (2018), and Wikipedia (retrieved 8/27/2021)]

Members

Reviews

Well-written thriller, but deeply part of the current fashion for plots too complex for words. Do I care about any of these characters? Decidedly not.
 
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fmclellan | 17 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
 
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postsign | 12 other reviews | Dec 28, 2023 |
Way too many red herrings! The ending though was good.

Thank you to GoodReads for my review.
 
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juju2cat | 3 other reviews | Dec 17, 2023 |
This novel introduced Jack Parlabane, who joined the ranks of Tartan Noir with quite a bang. On the run from a hit man in Los Angeles, where he had been working as an investigative journalist looking into financial crime, Parlabane returns to his native Scotland, and takes refuge in an Edinburgh apartment loaned to him by a friend. His timing is not great as while he is struggling to recover from the combined onslaught of a monster hangover and major jetlag, someone is murdered in the flat below. Still disoriented, Parlabane wanders out to see if he can borrow aspirin or something similar (and preferably much stronger) from a neighbour, and inadvertently locks himself out. Seeing that the door of one of the other flats is open, he wanders in, and finds himself in a particularly messy crime scene, with the resident murdered and the flat in mayhem. Just as he is attempting to climb through the widow back to his own flat, he is apprehended by the police, and taken in for questioning.

After such a spectacular and gripping start, the novel goes from strength to strength. I have always had a strong liking for any books set in Edinburgh, and this is a worthy addition to that already large genre. The plot is too convoluted for me to attempt a worthwhile synopsis, but it gripped me from the beginning, and never let go.

There is a strong element of the grotesque throughout the novel, although this does not detract from a very sound story.
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Eyejaybee | 38 other reviews | Aug 29, 2023 |

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Works
31
Also by
5
Members
9,824
Popularity
#2,431
Rating
3.8
Reviews
311
ISBNs
343
Languages
6
Favorited
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