Private investigator Jasmine Shar has been hired to find Tessa Garrion, a young woman who has vanished without trace. What begins as a simple search awakens a malevolence that has lain dormant for three decades. As Jasmine uncovers a hidden history of sex, drugs, ritualism, and murder, she realises she may need a little help from the dark side herself if she's going to get to the truth.
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Not a classic Brookmyre, but a solid one
Probably not. It gave it all on the first run.
It's intellectually challenging, you know the paths will cross, and he manipulates your expectations in a way that makes it surprising almost all the time.
Many - she is a wonderful performer and I can recall most of her characters in this book.
Better than ever.
Yes. Devilishly clever plot, great characters, wonderfully read.
The multi-layered texture with which Brookmyre takes one under the skin of contemporary Scotland. The way it weaves different strands together to make a not-too-neat whole.
Probably the one where Jasmine takes the last train home. The shooting scene at the Lodge was also in contention.
The ending. And the torching of Jasmine's car.
Brookmyre seems to have found a second breath if not an entirely new voice - thankfully. The anarchy, black humour and surprising insights are all there, and in Jasmine Sharp and the other companion characters he has created a pond in which I suspect he'll play for some time.