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Christopher Brookmyre Books In Order

Publication Order of Jack Parlabane Books

Quite Ugly One Morning (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Country of the Blind (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Boiling a Frog (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Be My Enemy (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Girl Walking (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Widow (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Angelique De Xavier Books

A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sacred Art of Stealing (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Snowball in Hell (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Jasmine Sharp Books

Where the Bodies are Buried (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When the Devil Drives (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flesh Wounds (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Not the End of the World (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses an Eye (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pandaemonium (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bedlam (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Crimespotting (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Born September 6th 1968, Christopher Brookmyre is a Scotland based novelist, whose blend of comedy, politics, social comments and action have led to the author being referred to as the tartan noir author. Born in Glasgow, Christopher was raised in Barrhead. Before joining the University of Glasgow, Christopher went to St, Luke’s High School after graduating from St Mark’s Primary school. An ardent supporter St Mirren FC in the Scottish league, Brookmyre is married to an anesthetist and has a son with her. Being a fan of soccer, Brookmyre is a regular on BBC’s Sportscene result program during the soccer league.

He wrote “One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night” which he said he had to write before he was 30 years.The author has also bagged several awards including the seventh Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction in 2006. One of the author’s early works, “all fun and games until someone looses an eye” earned him this award. As is tradition, the Gloucestershire old spot pig was named after Brookmyre as the winning novelist. Before this in 1996, Christopher was crowned winner of the critic’s first blood award for best first crime novel. This went to the author’s debut novel “Quiet Ugly One Morning”. Christopher, apart from being a novelist has also written a number of short fictional stories, with the most known being “Bamport Centra”

This short story earned the author shortlisted position from the Crime Writer’ Association Macallan Short Story Dagger. Other of the author’s books that have won awards includes “Boiling a Frog” and “Be My Enemy”. These two novels were so successful that they earned Christopher the title of the only novelist to have ever won two Sherlock Award for Best Comic Detective Novel in 2000 and 2004 respectively. One of the writer’s most recent books, “Where the Bodies are Buried” won the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award in 2007. The book was also shortlisted for the Theakstones Old Peculier Novel of the Year Award in 2012.

Christopher’s first five books, revolved around the life of an investigative journalist Jack Parlabane. This series of novels won the author many accolades and awards including those mentioned above. These novels included “Quiet Ugly One Morning, Country of the Blind, Boiling a Frog, Be my Enemy and Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks. The first novel in this series, which introduced the character of Jack Parlabane, Quiet Ugly One Morning, received public acclaim and criticism almost in equal measure. The novel begins with the introduction of Jack Parlabane, a Galasgow based investigative journalist coming back to Scotland from Los Angeles.

The name of the novel was derived from one of the song’s that featured on Warren Zevon’s 1991 album, Mr Bad Example. The novel is about the investigative journalist who, upon him returning to Scotland from Los Angeles, gets involved in investigating the murder of a gambling medic, which occurs in a flat below. Parlabane, the main character in the series, gets involved with a number of characters including Darren; an Essex based hit-man, the deceased’s ex-wife, and a lesbian detective constable. The novel that followed this was another best seller.

In 2003, the novel was adapted in to a television film starring James Nesbitt as Jack Parlabane. The adaptation was made by Clerknwell films for the ITV network. The film was directed and dramatized by Sam Miller and Stuart Hepburn respectively. One key distinction between the television film and the novel is that while Jack Parlabane had a Glasgwegian accent, it was not the same accent used by James Nesbitt. James was picked to star in the film instead of Scottish actor Douglas Henshall. The latter had previously voiced Jack Parlabane in a radio adaptation of the short story Bamport Central. Others who starred in the film were Eddie Marsan, Annette Crosbie, Daniela Nardini, and Mark Benton. The film was broadcasted on 5th February 2004.

The second novel in the Jack Parlabane series that followed “Quiet Ugly One Morning” was “Country of the Blind”. Published in 1997, the novel was a continuation of the first release. The novel introduces readers to Jack Parlabane as a man living in domestic bliss and about to be married. The journalist promises to leave the dangerous life of investigative journalism upon being married. However, the journalist soon breaks the promise when a tabloid media mogul is found murdered.

After the murder, the police rule that it was a case of attempted burglary and arrest three persons believed to have been involved, Thomas Mclannes, Paul his son and a curious looking individual by the name Spammy. A few days before the murder Mclannes visits a lawyer in Edinboruough by the name of Nicole Carrow, who turns up at the police station after the arrest of Thomas. Within hours of the visit and the lawyer presenting a letter, which she claims can prove the innocence of her client, an attempt on her life is made.

Jack Parlabane is intrigued with the claims made by the solicitor and decides to get involved in the investigations. However, the journalist soon realizes that another person is after the solicitor and the intentions of the third party are not good. This new party has political connections, and reveals a web of corrupt agenda. The novel has been described as blackly humorous, intriguing and fast moving. The best seller was followed by another successful publication from Christopher Brookmyre, “Boiling a Frog”. This publication of “Boiling a Frog” preceded the release of “Be my Enemy”. The Jack Parlabane series of novels, ended with the publication of “Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks”.

Christopher Brookmyre, who was a journalist before venturing in to the creative world of novel writing, has continued publishing best selling novel, with the most recent being, “ Flesh Wounds”. This book is part of another series of novels from the author that have continued to captivate reader’s world-wide. These new series of novels follows the lives of Jasmine Sharp as a private detective and Catharine McLeod a police investigator whom he has used in three of his books. In 2013, the author released “Bedlam”. This new novel was turned in to a video game, which was also written by Christopher. His books have been known to be educative and entertaining which has earned him a top spot in the writing industry as bestseller.

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