Where the Bodies Are Buried
By Christopher Brookmyre
(Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 9780802120250, 304pp.)
Publication Date: July 2012
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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.
—Longlisted for Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (2012)
[An] offbeat tale of ruthless mobsters in Glasgow. . . . A Scottish crime novelist best known for his satirical gore fests . . . Brookmyre here begins a new, straighter-faces procedural cop series. A brainy, barbed noir. . . . with its contrasting protagonists (it’s easy to envision a series built around the endearing Jasmine), local color and language and skillfully orchestrated sense of bad things to come, the novel maintains a solid grip on the reader. Brookmyre isn’t as well-known in the States as fellow Scottish mystery writers Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Denise Mina, but this first-rate effort may change that.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A strident blast of the trumpet to wake up crime fiction readers everywhere."—Val McDermid
"Premier-league crime writing."—Mark Billingham
Brookmyre, well known in Great Britain for mixing black comedy into his thrillers, has veered toward a semiconventional procedural here, but he spikes his tale with internal police intrigues, bent coppers, and assorted ne’er-do-wells. . . . Well sketched, and almost every character is supplied some cynical, funny dialogue. . . . It’s Brookmyre’s sense of the city and its no-nuance criminals that makes this one a winner.”Booklist
Solid . . . Corruption, betrayal, and gallows humor fuel the noir plot, while family problems lend emotional depth.”Publishers Weekly
"Where the Bodies Are Buried is mainstream Glasgow noir, and it proves [Brookmyre] to be just as excellent at the gritty, serious end of the genre as he was dispensing manic humor."—The Times (London)
"[Brookmyre's] writing is as sharply observed and mordantly funny as ever. . . . there are plenty of back-doubles and plot twists in this fast-paced read."—The Guardian
"A pacy, witty thriller that marks a new chapter for [Brookmyre]."—The Scotsman
Brookmyre is one of those fascinating individuals who sees and knows exactly what nicely toned written text looks like, jovially chooses to ignore it, and lowers the bar to a level of utterly brutal and fantastic indecency that is an absolute pleasure to read.”Edinburgh STV