Bred in the Bone

Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
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“Gangland violence explodes off the page” as two female detectives cross paths in Scotland’s criminal underworld (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
Glasgow Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod should be smiling: She has a gangster in the mortuary and another, Glen Fallon, behind bars for allegedly taking him out. But fighting for conviction isn’t going to be easy. McLeod’s real motives might be more personal than she’s letting on. And Fallon might not even be guilty.
Private investigator Jasmine Sharp has a stake in Fallon’s future, too. That’s because the gangland enforcer is part of her past. He moved in the same dangerous shadows that her mysterious father lived and died in. And the strange bond Fallon had with her mother is something no one in Sharp’s family ever dares to discuss.
As McLeod battles her demons and Sharp chases her ghosts, these two very different detectives will ultimately confront the secrets that have entangled both of their fates—by descending into the Glasgow underworld where vengeance spans generations and everyone has a score to settle.
“A polished stylist who spikes his smooth wordsmithery with a quirky Scottish brogue.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
“Should cement Brookmyre’s reputation as one of today’s top Scottish crime writers.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
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Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
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May 6, 2014
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Fiction / Thrillers / General
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Who cares if a lowlife is murdered? Two Glasgow investigators, in a thriller that’ll “wake up crime fiction readers everywhere” (Val McDermid).
When a small-time heroin dealer turns up dead one fine morning in Scotland, no one is that surprised. Sleeping with a big-time drug trafficker’s girlfriend can bring around plenty of enemies. Little wonder that Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod has no shortage of early leads.

If only out-of-work actress Jasmine Sharp could get a lead. With a career in nosedive, she’s helping her uncle Jim with his PI work and having more than a little trouble learning the ropes. When her uncle goes missing, Sharp is thrown into the deep end. To find him she’ll have to solve his most recent case—and do it solo.

No sooner does Sharp follow her first clue than she finds herself in the crosshairs of an unknown assailant—and headed down the same road as McLeod. When their investigations become intertwined, “Glasgow’s mean streets come alive . . . [in] one of the best novels of the year” (John Lutz, New York Times–bestselling and Edgar award–winning author).
“Smartly written . . . Brookmyre deftly twists one case around the other.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“[For] fans of Lynda La Plante’s Prime Suspect series and HBO’s The Wire.” —Library Journal
“Tough Scottish humor . . . leavened with Elmore Leonard-like flourishes . . . finely controlled yet exuberant mayhem.” —The Christian Science Monitor
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