Flesh Wounds, Hardback Book
5 out of 5 (2 ratings)

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Private investigator Jasmine Sharp's father was murdered before she was born, and her mother went to self-sacrificing lengths in order to shield her from the world in which he moved.

Since her mother's death, all she has been able to learn is his first name - and that only through a strange bond she has forged with the man who killed him: Glen Fallan.

But when Fallan is arrested for the murder of a criminal her mother knew since childhood, Jasmine is finally forced to enter his domain: a place where violence is a way of life and vengeance spans generations.Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod has one major Glaswegian gangster in the mortuary and another in the cells for killing him - which ought to be cause for celebration.

Catherine is not smiling, however. From the moment she discovered a symbol daubed on the victim's head, she has understood that this case is far more dangerous than it appears on the surface: deeper than skin, darker than blood; something that could threaten her family and end her career.As one battles her demons and the other chases her ghosts, these two very different detectives will ultimately confront the secrets that have entangled both of their fates since before Jasmine was even born.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781408704080

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A brilliant instalment in the series. Fallan is arrested for the murder of a local crime lord and the case seems cut and dried. But the victim had a strange symbol daubed on his face, a symbol with a history with which Catherine is very familiar, and which threatens everything she holds dear. While Jasmine, not believing that Fallan is guilty, starts to investigate Fallan's and her parent's shared past, a past her mother was anxious to keep hidden from Jasmine for good reason. A fantastic read, stuffed full of Brookmyre's trademark dark humour, and with unexpected twist and turns to the story. Each instalment in the series brings something new and further develops characters that already feel very real. Yet again he's left the best last as there's something unexpected at the end which has left me desperate to read the next book in the series.

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Private investigator Jasmine Sharp's father was murdered before she was born, and her mother went to self-sacrificing lengths in order to shield her from the world in which he moved. Since her mother's death, all she has been able to learn is his first name - and that only through a strange bond she has forged with the man who killed him: Glen Fallan. But when Fallan is arrested for the murder of a criminal her mother knew since childhood, Jasmine is finally forced to enter his domain: a place where violence is a way of life and vengeance spans generations.

Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod has one major Glaswegian gangster in the mortuary and another in the cells for killing him - which ought to be cause for celebration. Catherine is not smiling, however. From the moment she discovered a symbol daubed on the victim's head, she has understood that this case is far more dangerous than it appears on the surface: deeper than skin, darker than blood; something that could threaten her family and end her career.

As one battles her demons and the other chases her ghosts, these two very different detectives will ultimately confront the secrets that have entangled both of their fates since before Jasmine was even born.


Perfect storytelling, excellent construction bringing together, not only the threads of this novel but also the previous two to a satisfying conclusion. I haven't read any of his other books written as 'Chris' so I cannot compare but thoroughly enjoyed this series. Jasmine Sharp is a brilliant character and pitting this "wee lassie" against the might and power of Glasgow's underworld is ingenious and refreshing. Highly recommended

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