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.
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