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Bred in the Bone: A Jasmine Sharp and Catherine McLeod Novel by [Brookmyre, Christopher]
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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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1991 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press (May 6, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 6, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HWGLW8O
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By TChris TOP 500 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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I started reading Brookmyre in 2004 when I picked up ' Quite Ugly One Morning' while on holiday in Scotland. With the exception of 'Pandemonium' I have like all of his books I have read. I was happy that his clever Tartan noir style survived the aforementioned novel. I do recommend reading ' Where the bodies are buried ' and 'When the devil drive's' before you read 'Bred in the bone'.
I enjoy the Scottish cultural references. It is even more fun because I can search the web directly using my kindle.
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"That's good," I thought, "a Brookmyre novel that I hadn't read". So I ordered it. It arrived. In big letters on the back it says that it's published in the UK as "Flesh Wounds". Damn, I've already read that one.

If you've never read any of Brookmyre's novels and have an interest in well written, fast paced, bloody detective mysteries, then he's certainly worth a read. I find his humour very entertaining. Quotes from music that I grew up with abound, and all manner of violence is visited upon all sorts of characters in some very odd places.
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Brookmyre writes like no one else. His characters are believable, his story lines likewise. And in the midst of the mayhem, as you have been sucked so far into the tale that you can feel each blow, that you can smell the sweat and the gunpowder and the shite running down someone's leg as fear loosens their bowels you suddenly realise that you are reading the most exquisite poetry ...
My one minor irritation is with his use of made up place names!
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This is a gritty, gritty novel. The plot is very intricate and made harder to follow by the large content of Scotch words and Scotch slang. I believe that I have a very large vocabulary, yet I went to the dictionary often and still did a lot of guessing.

Those who don't like to read about women being abused should avoid.
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Christopher Brookmyre excels. From the titles of his novels (how can one top A TALE ETCHED IN BLOOD AND HARD BLACK PENCIL?) to his ongoing instruction in the marked differences between Glasgow and Edinburgh (cities not even 50 miles apart), 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 (titled FLESH WOUNDS in the United Kingdom), 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 does just that with a middle-aged but higher level Glasgow gangster named Stevie Fullerton, who, as BRED IN THE BONE opens, is brooding as he jockeys for position and territory in the city’s all but invisible underworld boundaries. Stevie, however, is not long for this world --- he does for car washes what Sonny Corleone did for toll booths --- and his death results in the inevitable intersection between Jasmine Sharp and Catherine McLeod. The crime scene vignette goes on for a bit and could have lasted 200 more pages. It is done so well, containing all sorts of asides and grimly induced chuckles, from bystander reactions to plays-on-words regarding Metallica songs going back a quarter-century.

BRED IN THE BONE is a police procedural, at least in part, and Catherine eventually has a suspect in mind and then in custody. That individual is Glen Fallan, and it is here where the paths of Jasmine and Catherine bend inexorably toward their crossing. Fallan is the man who killed the father Jasmine never met, that tragic fact occasioned as she hadn’t even been born at the time of the man’s demise.
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