A Tale Etched In Blood And Hard Black Pencil

We could tell you about the bodies.

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Author: Christopher Brookmyre

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780748131976

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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We could tell you about the bodies. We could tell you their names, where they were found, the state they were in. We could tell you about the suspects too, the evidence, the investigators; join a few dots, even throw you a motive. But what would be the point? You're going to make your own assumptions anyway. After all, you know these people, don't you? You went to school with them. We all did. Granted, that was twenty years ago, but how much does anybody really change? Exactly. So if you really knew them then, you'll already have all the answers. If you really knew them then... Put on your uniform and line up in an orderly fashion for the funniest and most accurate trip back to the classroom you are likely to read, as well as a murder mystery like nothing that has gone before it. Forget the forensics: only once you've been through school with this painfully believable cast of characters will you be equipped to work out what really happened decades later. Even then, you'll probably guess wrong and be made to stand in the corner.

Attack Of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks

TALE. ETCHED. IN. BLOOD. AND. HARD. BLACK. PENCIL. Christopher Brookmyre 'This is the book I would want if I were marooned on a desert island or lost in space' Independent We could tell you about the bodies.

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Author: Christopher Brookmyre

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780748131990

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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The fifth book in the Jack Parlabane series, from author Christopher Brookmyre. Do you believe in ghosts? Do we really live on in some conscious form after we die, and is that form capable of communicating with the world of the living?...Aye, right. That was Jack Parlabane's stance on the matter, anyway. But this was before he found himself in the more compromising position of being not only dead himself, but worse: dead with an exclusive still to file. From his position on high, Parlabane relates the events leading up to his demise, largely concerning the efforts of charismatic psychic Gabriel Lafayette to reconcile the scientific with the spiritual by submitting to controlled laboratory tests. Parlabane is brought in as an observer, due to his capacities as both a sceptic and an expert on deception, but he soon finds his certainties crumbling and his assumptions turned upside down as he encounters phenomena for which he can deduce no rational explanation. Perhaps, in a world in which he can find himself elected rector of an esteemed Scottish university, anything truly is possible. One thing he knows for certain, however: Death is not the end - it's the ultimate undercover assignment.

Black Widow

... Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks A Snowball in Hell Pandaemonium Where the Bodies are Buried When the DevilDrives Bedlam Bred in the Bone Dead Girl Walking CHRISTOPHER BROOKMYRE BLACK ...

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Author: Christopher Brookmyre

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9780802190123

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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A “hair-raising . . . devilishly complicated mystery” from the Scottish crime master. “Don’t even try to guess the outcome” (The New York Times Book Review). Diana Jager is clever, strong, and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism in medicine. Yet it takes only hours for her life to crumble when her personal details are released on the internet as revenge for her writing. Then Diana meets Peter. He is kind, generous, and knows nothing about her past—the second chance she’s been waiting for. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident, a nightmare end to their fairy-tale romance. But Peter’s sister doesn’t believe in fairy tales, and tasks rogue reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling the Black Widow. Still on the mend from a turbulent divorce, Jack’s investigation into matters of the heart takes him to hidden places no one should ever have to go. Winner of the 2017 Theakson Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and the 2016 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year “Brookmyre excels at melding the true chills of a psychological thriller with rollicking—if dark—humor. A witty and wild page-turner, Black Widow shines in showcasing this winning combination.” —The Boston Globe “Exceptionally good—a knotty mystery that’s . . . one of the most perceptive excavations of a dysfunctional marriage I can remember reading.” —The Guardian (UK) “A tense and provocative read.” —Entertainment Weekly

Places in the Darkness

... Loses an Eye A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks A Snowball in Hell Pandaemonium Where the Bodies Are Buried When the Devil Drives Bedlam Flesh Wounds Dead Girl Walking Black Widow Want ...

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Author: Chris Brookmyre

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780356506265

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE MCILVANNEY PRIZE FOR CRIME WRITING 2018 "This is as close to a city without crime as mankind has ever seen." Ciudad de Cielo is the 'city in the sky', a space station where hundreds of scientists and engineers work in earth's orbit, building the colony ship that will one day take humanity to the stars. When a mutilated body is found on the CdC, the eyes of the world are watching. Top-of the-class investigator, Alice Blake, is sent from Earth to team up with CdC's Freeman - a jaded cop with more reason than most to distrust such planetside interference. As the death toll climbs and factions aboard the station become more and more fractious, Freeman and Blake will discover clues to a conspiracy that threatens not only their own lives, but the future of humanity itself. 'Excellent hardboiled noir . . . absolutely gripping' SciFiNow 'An ingenious crime story' Scotsman As smart as it is gripping, this is a terrifically engaging story from start to nerve-shredding finish Big Issue 'Places in the Darkness is another corker of a murder mystery, [Brookmyre's] new setting - with which he's clearly having a whale of a time - giving him the opportunity to wow us with an even twistier twist than usual' Guardian

Consumer Nationalism and Barr s Irn Bru in Scotland

... Alexander McCall Smith (Bertie Plays the Blues), Christopher Brookmyre (Not the End of the World, A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil, Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks) have all mentioned the drink in this way.5 While ...

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Author: David Leishman

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030533823

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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This book connects a detailed analysis of Irn-Bru’s brand identity over time to theories of national identity, consumer studies, and banal nationalism. It situates the commercial history of Barr’s Irn-Bru in a transnational context and shows how Irn-Bru has become a symbol of Scotland through processes of rewriting, reframing and institutionalized forgetting, linking the consumption of what began as a trans-national generic product to a specific national community. As such, Leishman presents a longitudinal, cross-disciplinary approach to analysing branding and advertising as multi-modal forms of discourse, in order to underline the role of commercial, non-state actors and popular consumerism in the phenomenon of banal nationalism. It will be of interest to students and scholars researching nationalism, consumption, and Scottish studies.

Siege Mentality

... Until Somebody Loses an Eye A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks A Snowball in Hell Pandaemonium Where the Bodies are Buried When the Devil Drives Flesh Wounds Dead Girl Walking Black ...

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Author: Chris Brookmyre

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349143316

Category: Fiction

Page: 32

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Dark deeds make for devilish reading in this short story from the multi-award-winning crime author of Black Widow, Want You Gone and Where the Bodies Are Buried. ***Please note that this story was originally published as The Last Siege of Bothwell Castle in the Bloody Scotland anthology*** A hostage crisis is developing at a castle on the outskirts of Glasgow, during what is supposed to be Superintendent Catherine McLeod's bank holiday relaxation time. Those trapped inside the castle are used to dealing with the volatile mix of light-fingered teens and obnoxious tourists; less so a truckload of explosives and a hidden agenda. For Catherine and her team, it's a recipe for a potentially deadly day off. Tense, twisted and laugh-out-loud funny, Siege Mentality is a day-trip you won't forget. For more from Catherine McLeod, read the Jasmine Sharp trilogy, beginning with Where the Bodies are Buried, a sample from which is included with this short story.

The Cut

... Loses an Eye A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks A Snowball in Hell Pandaemonium Where the Bodies are Buried When the Devil Drives Bedlam Flesh Wounds Dead Girl Walking Black Widow Want ...

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Author: Chris Brookmyre

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781408712146

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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A BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick 'Strikingly original and definitively Brookmyre - there's nothing he can't do' Mick Herron 'I recommend The Cut SO HIGHLY! A fast-paced thriller, lovely characters, [and] it kept me guessing' Marian Keyes The supremely entertaining, moving, and unpredictable new thriller from multi-award-winning bestseller Chris Brookmyre is a wholly original masterpiece and the best crime novel of 2021. Millie Spark can kill anyone. A special effects make-up artist, her talent is to create realistic scenes of bloody violence. Then, one day, she wakes to find her lover dead in her bed. Twenty-five years later, her sentence for murder served, Millicent is ready to give up on her broken life - until she meets troubled film student and reluctant petty thief Jerry. Together, they begin to discover that all was not what it seemed on that fateful night . . . and someone doesn't want them to find out why. 'A twisty spiralling rabbit hole of a book that draws you deeper with every chapter. Brilliantly original, compulsively readable, right to the final page' Ruth Ware 'Dark, heartfelt, stylish and thrilling, The Cut is the kind of wonderfully original tale I just adore. Chris Brookmyre is a storytelling mastermind' Chris Whitaker 'This is a special novel. A brilliant, original, up-to-the-minute tale with all of the dark, edgy, humorous brilliance we've come to expect from one of the finest crime fiction writers in the world. The Cut is simply superb' Abir Mukherjee

Fallen Angel

... Until Somebody Loses an Eye A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks A Snowball in Hell Pandaemonium Where the Bodies are Buried When the Devil Drives Flesh Wounds Dead Girl Walking Black ...

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Author: Chris Brookmyre

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349143217

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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'Gloriously dark, deliciously twisty' CLARE MACKINTOSH ONE FAMILY, TWO HOLIDAYS, ONE DEVASTATING SECRET To new nanny Amanda, the Temple family seem to have it all: the former actress; the famous professor; their three successful grown-up children. But like any family, beneath the smiles and hugs there lurks far darker emotions. Sixteen years earlier, little Niamh Temple died while they were on holiday in Portugal. Now, as Amanda joins the family for a reunion at their seaside villa, she begins to suspect one of them might be hiding something terrible... And suspicion is a dangerous thing. From Chris Brookmyre, winner of the Theakstons and McIllvanney awards for Black Widow, comes a standalone psychological thriller full of twists, lies and betrayal. PRAISE FOR CHRIS BROOKMYRE 'Guaranteed to keep you guessing' Ian Rankin 'Extremely sophisticated crime' Sunday Times 'Exceptionally good' Guardian 'In the pantheon of great crime writers' Elly Griffiths 'Scales new heights of invention' Times Literary Supplement 'Brookmyre writes beautifully . . . I was hooked' Literary Review

Want You Gone

... Somebody Loses an Eye A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks A Snowball in Hell Pandaemonium Where the Bodies are Buried When the Devil Drives Bedlam Flesh Wounds Dead Girl Walking Black ...

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Author: Chris Brookmyre

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781408707197

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 340

The eighth book in the Jack Parlabane series, from author Christopher Brookmyre. The award-winning, million-selling author of Black Widow brings a twist-filled story of secrets and lies. What if your deepest secret was revealed? Sam Morpeth is growing up way too fast, left to fend for a younger sister when their mother goes to prison and watching her dreams of university evaporate. But Sam learns what it is to be truly powerless when a stranger begins to blackmail her. Who would you turn to? Meanwhile, reporter Jack Parlabane has finally got his career back on track, but his success has left him indebted to a volatile, criminal source. Now that debt is being called in, and it could cost him everything. What would you be capable of? Thrown together by a vindictive and mysterious mutual enemy, Sam and Jack are about to discover they might be each other's only hope.

The Last Hack

... Away The Sacred Art of Stealing Be My Enemy All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks A Snowball in Hell Pandaemonium Where the Bodies are Buried ...

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Author: Christopher Brookmyre

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9780802189073

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 947

The Scottish crime master dishes out “equal parts adrenaline and empathy” in a thriller featuring a woman hacker and online intrigue (Diana Gabaldon). Sam Morpeth has had to grow up way too fast. Left to fend for a younger sister with learning difficulties when their mother goes to prison, she is forced to watch her dreams of university evaporate. But Sam learns what it is to be truly powerless when a stranger begins to blackmail her online. Meanwhile, reporter Jack Parlabane seems to have finally gotten his career back on track with a job at a flashy online news start-up, but his success has left him indebted to a volatile source on the wrong side of the law. Now that debt is being called in, and it could cost him everything. Thrown together by a common enemy, Sam and Jack are about to discover they have more in common than they realize—and might be each other’s only hope. (Published in the UK as Want You Gone) “Pure literary dynamite.” —Lorenzo Carcaterra, New York Times–bestselling author of Sleepers “Tremendous fun, with superb characterization, gripping moral complexity, and no shortage of clever villainy.” —Chris Pavone, New York Times–bestselling author of The Paris Diversion “A revelation . . . The computer is the scariest tool since the invention of the buzzsaw.” —Thomas Perry, New York Times–bestselling author of The Bomb Maker “Works exceptionally well as cybercrime fiction, but it’s the human element that makes it tick.” —Kirkus Reviews