Boiling a Frog, Paperback
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Jack Parlabane, the investigative journalist who is not averse to breaking the law for the sake of a good story, has finally been caught on the petard of his own self-confidence and is experiencing accommodation courtesy of Her Majesty. The fledgling Scottish parliament is in catatonic shock after experiencing its first dose of Westminster sleaze. The Catholic Church of Scotland is taking full advantage of the politicians' discomfort and is riding high in the polls as the voice of morality.

Behind the scenes the truth is obscured by the machinations of the spin doctors and in prison, aware he's missing out on a great story, Parlabane discovers that contacts and a pretty way with words are no defence against people he has helped to put away.

Part political satire, part cliff-hanging thriller this is high calibre entertainment.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9780349114132



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Competent, instructive about shady goings-on in the Scottish Executive; will come as less of a surprise to anyone who has encountered the accusations of the group "Scotland against crooked lawyers". The only obvious defect is the author's patent pleasure in his own cleverness, of which the title is a good example. If you have to explain the relevance of a title, it's not good enough.

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Not his best, The usual tirades against the usual hate figures and much tooing and froing between times and places whilst hesets up the plot for the delayed violence. Yes I know Christopher Brookmyre delaying violence does sound odd.