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The murder of a media moghul in his country mansion appears to be the result of him disturbing a gang of would-be thieves. The robbers are swiftly caught, but when they are unexpectedly moved to a different prison they escape.

Back in Edinburgh a young solicitor reveals to the press that one of the subjects had left a letter with her some time before the break-in which proves his innocence. Jack Parlabane, journo extraordinaire, is intrigued, but when he approaches the lawyer he discovers someone else is trying to get near her - someone with evil intent, political connections of the highest order and a corrupt agenda.

©1997 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Tough, in your face...studded with a lot of black humour." ( Irish Times)
"Sassy, irreverent, stylish." ( The Times)

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  • Mick
  • 07-15-15

Another Brilliant read

I am reading Brookmye's books out of sequence as this is his second book but has only just been released on Audible. This is the second book featuring Jack Parlabane;It was written in 1997 and although very political could have been written last week. Apart from a very few references dating the work, nothings changed and Brookmye's Political views (which tend to match my own) come through like a bullet train. Don't let this put you off they are delivered in a brilliant story and very well produced plot. The narrator is brilliant and does a very good job.

Getting through a lot of the Tartan Noir at the ,moment

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  • Revmama
  • 02-06-16

brilliant! Again!

usual convoluted story all neatly packaged at the end. A great listen narrator brilliant

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 07-08-15

Weegie Bias

This was quite slow, but I can't help liking Brookmyre books for the feelings of home the Glasgow accent gives. It's the only accent with multiple swearing that seems right as that is how a true ned banters!

Robbers on the run are accused of murder and it's up to Jack and a newbie solicitor to prove their innocence.

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  • Karo K
  • 10-20-16

A rollicking good listen!

Gripping from beginning to end and loads of laugh out loud moments. A great performance too. Loved it!!

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  • Graeme from Preston
  • 08-08-16

Entertaining if a little far fetched

Within its own context this is a lovingly written story of betrayal, political lies, underestimation of salt of the earth characters and bloodshed. The fact the plot becomes very far-fetched is a minor consideration.

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  • GORDON
  • 06-19-18

Love it

I read this in paperback, years ago and having really enjoyed it, decided to go for the audiobook, and wasn’t disappointed.

I’m not totally convinced by the narrator, but the plot and dialogue is - in my opinion - great.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-16-18

Country of the Blind

Slow start, but funny, chilling and thought provoking. Love Brookmyre, always worth a read. Will carry on looking for more

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  • Gill
  • 04-30-18

Great listen

Kept me gripped as Chris Brookmyre usually does. Set firmly in the 90’s but trips always no at a great pace. Odd to remember a time when mobile phones were quite glamorous

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  • Paul T.
  • 04-15-18

Great storyline, tedious politics

I always enjoy this author’s work. This is one of the more straight forward of his stories, exciting in places but there are long, tedious passages of political ranting which became irritating after a time. Great performance by Angus King, giving a real feel for the myriad characters.

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  • Lena Grinsted
  • 07-17-17

sometimes ranting

sometimes the author goes off on a rant but the story, plot and narration is still great and very funny

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