Synopses & Reviews
Bred in the Bone
is the stunning third novel in Brookmyres series featuring private investigator Jasmine Sharp and Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod. Set in the disturbing underworld of Glasgow—a place where countless old scores are still waiting to be settled, and where everyone knows everyone else—Bred in the Bone
is a masterful mystery novel that will appeal to readers of Denise Mina, Val McDermid, and Ian Rankin.
Private investigator Jasmine Sharp's father was murdered before she was born, and her mother went to self-sacrificing lengths in order to shield her from the world in which he moved. Since her mother's death, all she has been able to learn is his first name—and that only through a strange bond she has forged with the man who killed him: Glen Fallan. But when Fallan is arrested for the murder of a criminal her mother knew since childhood, Jasmine is finally forced to enter his domain: a place where violence is a way of life and vengeance spans generations.
Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod has one major Glaswegian gangster in the mortuary and another in the cells for killing him - which ought to be cause for celebration. Catherine is not smiling, however. From the moment she discovered a symbol daubed on the victim's head, she has understood that this case is far more dangerous than it appears on the surface, something that could threaten her family and end her career.
As one battles her demons and the other chases her ghosts, these two very different detectives will ultimately confront the secrets that have entangled both of their fates since before Jasmine was even born.
"Glasgow gangland violence explodes off the page in Brookmyre's superb third novel featuring PI Jasmine Sharp and Det. Supt. Catherine McLeod (after 2013's When the Devil Drives). Stevie Fullerton, gangster extraordinaire, had his hands in myriad criminal pies, yet looked squeaky-clean on paper. When he's found shot to death at a car wash, Catherine and her team assume it's an act of retribution by a rival gangster, despite a lack of chatter about the murder beforehand. The case seems to solve itself when Glen Fallan a thought-to-be-retired gangland enforcer and, coincidentally, the man who killed Jasmine's father decades earlier is caught all but red-handed. But nothing is as simple as it seems, as Jasmine is sucked into the investigation of a man and a life that have unnerving ties to her own. Catherine, bent on making this conviction stick, will do anything to solve the case, dredging up a 25-year-old murder in the process. Peppered with choice Glaswegian slang and oozing with just the right combination of black humor and sobering commentary on the city's dark underbelly, this entry should cement Brookmyre's reputation as one of today's top Scottish crime writers. Agent: Caroline Dawnay, United Agents (U.K.). (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
spares no detail in his account of Glasgows violent underworld.
His characters are satisfyingly multidimensional.”Kirkus Reviews
Bred in the Bone
is essentially two individual but intertwined personal narratives, wrapped around a gangster story and set in the Glasgow underworld. . . . Brookmyre is a polished stylist who spikes his smooth wordsmithery with a quirk Scottish brogue.”Marilyn Stasio, New York Times
Christopher Brookmyre excels. From the titles of his novels to his ongoing instruction on the marked differences between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Brookmyre is a joy and a pleasure to read for those of us who like our fiction served up dark with humor to match. His latest stateside offering is Bred in the Bone, the third in the Jasmine Sharp and Catherine McLeod series and the best thus far. It takes a confident writer to race an immensely interesting character right out of the gate and then take him off the map within a few pages. . . . Brookmyre is a spellbinding storyteller who, by virtue of the wit and intricateness of his stories, has earned much greater attention on this side of the Atlantic than he has received thus far. Incapable of writing badly and possessed of an inability to make each and all of his characters unforgettable, Brookmyre is a marvel, and Bred in the Bone is nothing less than marvelous.”Bookreporter
A bakers dozen characters are well sketched, and Fallan is wonderfully complex; a stone-cold killer who is also strangely principled. Brookmyre is building a case for gritty, violent Glasgow as the world capital of crime, and this is his best book yet.”Booklist (starred review)
Brookmyre . . . spares no detail in his account of Glasgows violent underworld. . . . His characters are satisfyingly multidimensional.”Kirkus Reviews
Where The Bodies Are Buried, the first book to feature actress-cum-private eye Jasmine Sharp, was a thoroughly accomplished and satisfying thriller. His latest is even better. . . . Brookmyre is plainly keen to prove that he has become a genuine, page-turning storyteller. In Bred in the Bone he has done just that with what is his most complete novel to date.”Daily Express (UK)
[Brookmyres] trademark pitch-black humor is still present. The wanton violence has consequences usually devastating and innocent bystanders bear the brunt of it. It is a well-paced thriller with a satisfyingly complex plot and a vivid cast of larger-than-life characters.”The List (UK)
A thrilling page-turner with real heart, a wry smile and an honest understanding of the price paid for violence; it's the work of an assured writer whose skill and maturity leave the reader genuinely satisfied.”The Skinny
About the Author
has established himself as one of Britain's leading crime novelists since his award-winning debut novel Quite Ugly One Morning
. He has worked as a journalist for several British newspapers and is the author of twelve novels, including Where the Bodies Are Buried
, One Fine Day in The Middle of the Night
, and Not The End of The World