Christopher Brookmyre Books In Order

Jack Parlabane Books In Publication Order

  1. Quite Ugly One Morning (1996)
  2. Country of the Blind (1997)
  3. Boiling a Frog (2000)
  4. Be My Enemy (2004)
  5. Attack Of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks (2007)
  6. The Last Day of Christmas (2014)
  7. Dead Girl Walking (2015)
  8. Black Widow (2016)
  9. Want You Gone / The Last Hack (2017)

Angelique De Xavier Books In Publication Order

  1. A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away (2001)
  2. The Sacred Art of Stealing (2002)
  3. A Snowball in Hell (2008)

Jasmine Sharp Investigations Books In Publication Order

  1. Where the Bodies Are Buried (2011)
  2. When the Devil Drives (2012)
  3. Flesh Wounds/Bred in the Bone (2013)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Not the End of the World (1998)
  2. One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night (1999)
  3. All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye (2005)
  4. A Tale Etched In Blood And Hard Black Pencil (2006)
  5. Pandaemonium (2009)
  6. Bedlam (2013)
  7. Places in the Darkness (2017)
  8. Fallen Angel (2019)
  9. The Cut (2020)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. Jaggy Splinters (2012)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Crimespotting (2009)
  2. Bloody Scotland (2019)

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Christopher Brookmyre Books Overview

Quite Ugly One Morning

Quite Ugly One Morning is the book that made Christopher Brookmyre a star in his native Britain, establishing his distinctive, scabrously humorous style and breakneck, hell for leather narrative pacing. The novel that won the inaugural First Blood Award for the best debut crime novel in the United Kingdom is now available in America for the first time, and comic crime writing on this side of the Atlantic may never be the same. Quite Ugly One Morning introduces Brookmyre’s signature protagonist, the hard partying, wisecracking investigative journalist Jack Parlabane, who is not afraid to bend the laws of the land or even the laws of gravity to get to the truth. Parlabane is nursing a horrific hangover when he stumbles across the corpse of the scion of a wealthy Edinburgh medical family. Determined to get to the bottom of the murder himself, he quickly becomes enmeshed in a wild adventure that will take him through all the strata of Edinburgh society and into some dangerous and hysterical situations. Laced with acerbic wit and crackling dialogue, Quite Ugly One Morning is a wickedly entertaining and vivacious thriller. ‘Very violent, very funny. A comedy with a political edge, which you take gleefully in one gulp.’ Literary Review ‘The plot crackles along with confident gusto and intelligence…
. An assured debut by a talented writer.’ The Times London

Country of the Blind

British critics have compared Christopher Brookmyre’s writing to the ‘sassy, nasty, fast style of the Americans Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen’ The Guardian and called his work ‘perpetually in your face…
irreverent and stylish’ The Times. Now he returns with another cracked gem of a comic thriller: Country of the Blind. This time, hard bitten investigative journalist Jack Parlabane hero of Brookmyre’s award winning novel Quite Ugly One Morning finds himself up to his eyeballs in murder, mayhem, and political intrigue when conservative tabloid media mogul Roland Voss is discovered at his country estate with his throat slit and his wife and bodyguards killed. The police have arrested four men fleeing the scene, but for Parlabane it all doesn’t add up and he suspects the fix is in…
unless he can get to the bottom of things before everybody else. Packed with Brookmyre’s distinctive collection of wacked out characters and fueled by his trademark hell for leather pacing, Country of the Blind is a tart ‘tartan noir’ that will leave you breathless with suspense if you’re not asphyxiated by convulsions of laughter first. ‘A high octane political thriller doused in stinging satire.’ The Sunday Times London

Boiling a Frog

Jack Parlabane, the investigative journalist who is not averse to breaking the law for the sake of a good story, has finally been caught on the petard of his own self confidence and is experiencing accommodation courtesy of Her Majesty. The fledgling Scottish parliament is in catatonic shock after experiencing its first dose of Westminster sleaze. The Catholic Church of Scotland is taking full advantage of the politicians’ discomfort and is riding high in the polls as the voice of morality. Behind the scenes the truth is obscured by the machinations of the spin doctors and in prison, aware he’s missing out on a great story, Parlabane discovers that contacts and a pretty way with words are no defence against people he has helped to put away. Part political satire, part cliff hanging thriller this is high calibre entertainment. And for the author’s own view on his books visit his website at www. brookmyre. co. uk And for the author’s own view on his books visit his website at www. brookmyre. clara. net

Be My Enemy

It was a junket, a freebie. A ‘team building’ weekend in the highlands for lawyers, advertising execs, businessmen, even the head of a charity. Oh, and a journalist, specially solicited for his renowned and voluble scepticism Jack Parlabane. Amid the flying paintballs and flowing Shiraz even the most cynical admit the organisers have pulled some surprises stalkers in the forest, power cuts in the night, mass mobile phone thefts, disappearing staff, disappearing guests: there’s nothing can bring out people’s hidden strengths or break down inter personal barriers quite like not having a clue what’s going on and being scared out of your wits. However, when the only vehicular access for thirty miles is cut off it seems that events are being orchestrated not just for pleasure…
And that’s before they find the first body. Thereafter, ‘finding out who your colleagues really are’ is not so much an end product as the key to reaching Monday morning alive. Visit the author’s website at www. brookmyre. co. uk

A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away

As students, Ray and Simon had dreams about what they’d do when they grew up. In both their cases, it was ‘be rock stars’. Fifteen years later, nervous new father Ray takes refuge in online games. For Simon it’s serial murder, mass slaughter and professional assassination.

The Sacred Art of Stealing

Their eyes met across a crowded room. She was just a poor servant girl and he was the son of a rich industrialist. Er, no, this is a Christopher Brookmyre novel, although the eyes meeting across a crowded room part is true. Where it differs from the fairy tales is that the room in question was crowded with hostages and armed bank robbers, and his eyes were the only part of him she could see behind the mask. He is an art thief par excellence and she is a connoisseur of crooks. Her job is to hunt him to extinction; his is to avoid being caught and he also has a secret agenda more valuable than anything he might steal. There are risks he can take without jeopardising his plans. He can afford to play cat and mouse with the female cop who’s on his tail; it might even arguably be necessary. What he can’t afford is to let her get too close: he could could end up in jail or, even more scary, he could end up in love…
Visit the author’s website at www. brookmyre. co. uk

Not the End of the World

Christopher Brookmyre’s critically acclaimed, award winning comic thrillers are a sensation in his native Britain. The Times London has praised his writing for being ‘perpetually in your face: sassy, irreverent, and stylish’ with ‘a high octane sense of the absurd,’ and the Literary Review has raved that his books are ‘very violent, very funny…
comedy with a political edge, which you take gleefully in one gulp.’ Now he has his much anticipated American debut with Not the End of the World, a fast and furious novel set in Los Angeles at the near side of the millennium, at a point when the world is about to spin out of control and maybe out of existence. When an oceanic research vessel is discovered with all of its crew vanished, it sets off a chain of events that pulls Sergeant Larry Freeman of the L.A.P.D. out of the ho hum assignment of overseeing the security for a B movie film festival and headlong into a frenzied race to stop a terrorist plot. Along the way he must contend with aging po*rn stars, rabid evangelical Christians, and a mysterious Glaswegian photographer with an unknown agenda, all in a full throttled and ultimately hysterical race against time.

One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night

Like a highball mix of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Brookmyre hits you hard and fast. Now Brookmyre is back with his most lethal book yet: One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night. Gavin Hutchinson had it all planned out. A unique ‘floating holiday experience’ on a converted North Sea oil rig, a haven for tourists who want a vacation but without the hassle of actually going anywhere. And what better way to test out his venture than to host a fifteenth year high school reunion, the biggest social event of his life, except no one remembers who Gavin is. That, and his wife has discovered his philandering ways and plans to leave him with a very public announcement in front of his assembled guests. Throw in a band of mercenaries who crash the party even though they aren’t on the guest list, and you have a wicked farce of a thriller from one of the most original voices in mystery fiction.

All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye

As a teenager Jane Bell had dreamt of playing in the casinos of Monte Carlo in the company of James Bond, but in her punk phase she’d got herself pregnant and by the time she reaches forty six she’s a grandmother, her dreams as dry as the dust her Dyson sucks up from her hall carpet every day. Then her son Ross, a researcher working for an arms manufacturer in Switzerland, is forced to disappear before some characters cut from the same cloth as Blofeld persuade him to part with the secrets of his research. But they are not the only ones desperate to locate him. A team of security experts is hired by Ross’s firm: headed by the enigmatic Bett, his staff have little in common apart from total professionalism and a thorough disregard for the law. Bett believes the key to Ross’s whereabouts is his mother, and in one respect he is right, but even he is taken aback by the verve underlying her determination to secure her son’s safety as she learns the black arts of quiet subterfuge and violent attack. The teenage dreams of fast cars, high tech firepower and extreme action had always promised to be fun and games, but in real life it’s likely someone is going to lose an eye…
Visit the author’s website at www brookmyre. co. uk

Jaggy Splinters

All the short stories in ‘Crimespotting’ are brand new and specially commissioned. The brief was deceptively simple – each story must be set in Edinburgh and feature a crime. The results range from hard-boiled police procedural to historical whodunit and from the wildly comic to the spookily supernatural.


All the short stories in ‘Crimespotting‘ are brand new and specially commissioned. The brief was deceptively simple – each story must be set in Edinburgh and feature a crime. The results range from hard-boiled police procedural to historical whodunit and from the wildly comic to the spookily supernatural.

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