Where the Bodies Are Buried by Christopher Brookmyre

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Where the Bodies Are Buried is the latest work from Scottish crime writer Christopher Brookmyre, best known for his comic crime novels. His latest book is just as richly Scottish as his earlier work, but it is his grittiest and most realistic novel yet.

When small-time heroin dealer Jai McDiarmid turns up dead one fine Glasgow morning, no one is that surprised - he'd been sleeping with a drug trafficker's girlfriend and had made himself a lot of enemies - so many, in fact, that Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod doesn't know where to start when she is assigned to the case. Meanwhile, out-of-work actress Jasmine Sharp is doing her best to be a private investigator, but her PI mentor Uncle Jim, who was meant to be showing her the ropes, has just disappeared in mysterious circumstances. She begins looking at the open cases that Jim was investigating - which sends her into trouble, fast. And when she soon finds out that Jim's disappearance has something to do with Jai's death, she teams up with Catherine - and together they stumble upon an old open case which throws everything into question. In Glasgow, nothing is quite what it seems.
 

About Christopher Brookmyre

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Christopher Brookmyre is one of Britain's leading crime novelists. He has worked as a journalist for several British newspapers and is the author of fourteen novels, including One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night, Quite Ugly One Morning, and Not the End of the World.
 
Published July 3, 2012 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 305 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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As more people are killed, maimed or disappear, Catherine's story becomes joined with Jasmine's and her former boss' pronouncement becomes apparent: "This is Glesca.

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Corruption, betrayal, and gallows humor fuel the noir plot, while family problems lend emotional depth, in particular, Jasmine’s grief over her mother’s death and Catherine’s concern that she doesn’t spend enough time with her two sons and husband.

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Book Reporter

As the investigations converge, Catherine and Jasmine find that they each have pieces of the puzzle that will help the other, resulting in a number of resolutions for both, but particularly for Jasmine.

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Christian Science Monitor

Young Jasmine Sharp is an aspiring actress and an innocent, bereft without her recently dead mother and now adrift without her employer (who is also her uncle Jim).

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Reviewing the Evidence

Brookmyre alternates chapters between Jasmine and Catherine, with Jasmine's story being largely an action thriller, while Catherine's is a solid police procedural.

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Reviewing the Evidence

However, the reveal at the end is perfect, not so much pulling together threads as pointing out that there are no threads to be pulled and proving that Chris Brookmyre is far from losing his touch.

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Young Jasmine Sharp is an aspiring actress and an innocent, bereft without her recently dead mother and now adrift without her employer (who is also her uncle Jim).

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Scotsman.com

And it is these touches - a boy suddenly wide awake and plaguing his mum with questions - that demonstrate Brookmyre's deft building of character and, realistic portrayals of everyday life.

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The American Book Center Blog

Brookmyre, however, succeeds in intriguing the reader at every turn and there is a promise of a clever plot.

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Culture Mob

If you’ve read his previous novels – particularly Pandaemonium and One Fine Day In The Middle Of The Night – you’ll know that he’s capable of so much more.

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