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Product Details

  • Series: Jasmine Sharp and Catherine Mcleod
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press; First Edition edition (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802122477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802122476
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Brookmyre’s third Jasmine Sharp/Catherine McLeod outing (following When the Devil Drives, 2013) begins with the cold-blooded assassination of Glasgow criminal legend Stevie Fullerton, quickly followed by Detective Superintendent McLeod’s speedy arrest of Glen Fallan, another of Glasgow’s top criminals. Closing the books on two major criminals at the same time would normally please her, but McLeod knows that Fallan is far too smart to have made it so easy. She also knows that Fallan has real feelings for Jasmine, so McLeod arranges to bait the young PI into investigating the murder. Each woman learns her life has been touched by the gangsters, and each is imperiled by her connection. Jasmine finds herself uncovering betrayals and blood feuds that date back 25 years, as well as insights into her mother’s youth in a poor, violent Glasgow neighborhood. McLeod finds herself in a swamp of corrupt coppers and the influence of the city’s most politically prominent family. Brookmyre’s plot turns so often, and involves so many characters, that the novel requires—and rewards—close reading. A baker’s dozen characters are well sketched, and Fallan is wonderfully complex: a stone-cold killer who is also strangely principled. Brookmyre is building a case for gritty, violent Glasgow as the world capital of crime, and this is his best book yet. --Thomas Gaughan

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Bred in the Bone is essentially two individual but intertwined personal narratives, wrapped around a gangster story and set in the Glasgow underworld. . . . Brookmyre is a polished stylist who spikes his smooth wordsmithery with a quirk Scottish brogue.”—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

“Christopher Brookmyre excels. From the titles of his novels to his ongoing instruction on the marked differences between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Brookmyre is a joy and a pleasure to read for those of us who like our fiction served up dark with humor to match. His latest stateside offering is Bred in the Bone, the third in the Jasmine Sharp and Catherine McLeod series and the best thus far. It takes a confident writer to race an immensely interesting character right out of the gate and then take him off the map within a few pages. . . . Brookmyre is a spellbinding storyteller who, by virtue of the wit and intricateness of his stories, has earned much greater attention on this side of the Atlantic than he has received thus far. Incapable of writing badly and possessed of an inability to make each and all of his characters unforgettable, Brookmyre is a marvel, and Bred in the Bone is nothing less than marvelous.”—Bookreporter

“A baker’s dozen characters are well sketched, and Fallan is wonderfully complex; a stone-cold killer who is also strangely principled. Brookmyre is building a case for gritty, violent Glasgow as the world capital of crime, and this is his best book yet.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Brookmyre . . . spares no detail in his account of Glasgow’s violent underworld. . . . His characters are satisfyingly multidimensional.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Where The Bodies Are Buried, the first book to feature actress-cum-private eye Jasmine Sharp, was a thoroughly accomplished and satisfying thriller. His latest is even better. . . . Brookmyre is plainly keen to prove that he has become a genuine, page-turning storyteller. In Bred in the Bone he has done just that with what is his most complete novel to date.”—Daily Express (UK)

“[Brookmyre’s] trademark pitch-black humor is still present. The wanton violence has consequences – usually devastating – and innocent bystanders bear the brunt of it. It is a well-paced thriller with a satisfyingly complex plot and a vivid cast of larger-than-life characters.”—The List (UK)

“A thrilling page-turner with real heart, a wry smile and an honest understanding of the price paid for violence; it's the work of an assured writer whose skill and maturity leave the reader genuinely satisfied.”—The Skinny

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
When one of Glasgow's most notorious crime figures is gunned down in a car wash, DS Catherine McLeod is anxious to pin the crime on Glen Fallon, toward whom the evidence convincingly points. As readers of the series know, Catherine hates Fallon. Series readers also know that Fallon, apparently seeking absolution for killing Jasmine Sharp's father, has devoted his recent life to looking after Jasmine, who is now a private investigator in Glasgow and no great fan of Catherine.

The first quarter of Bred in the Bone sets up the novel's premise and reminds readers of (or acquaints new readers with) the complicated relationships among the characters. Much of the next quarter develops Fallon's backstory. Fallon is a killer, a loner, and a survivor, the abused son of a crooked cop, but there is a fundamental decency to him that makes him a compelling character (and easier to stomach than self-righteous Catherine). The novel works its way through the various grudges that people hold against Fallon and that Fallon might have reason to hold against others. It eventually develops Fallon's relationship with the gangster who was murdered in the carwash. At the same time, Jasmine delves more deeply into her own family history, much of which was hidden from her while her mother was alive.

The story eventually turns back to the parallel investigations that Jasmine and Catherine have undertaken into the carwash murder. The plot is complex -- you might need to take notes to keep track of the relationships between the various characters -- but it is entirely believable and all the threads come together without a missed stitch.
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By Ken C. on July 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Bred in the Bone was a bit much for me. Lots of violence, for sure, but so much double dealing and outright treachery that you wondered if anyone in the novel was trustworthy. Surely there was someone I could root for. This is no Ian Rankin novel. Glasgow is apparently a much darker place than Edinburgh. I have to say I prefer Edinburgh after reading this one. 3.5 stars.
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By Simnsays on June 26, 2014
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I really like this series. I had trouble initially with Jasmine's youth but she's evolving. Really looking forward to the next book.
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