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Flesh Wounds Hardcover – 1 Aug 2013

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 1st edition (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408704080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408704080
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.5 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How far would you go to protect the people you love? Would you take a fall? Would you take a bullet?

This is Chris Brookmyre's darkest and most complex book yet.

Would you take a life?

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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.

Blood stains. Ties bind. Flesh wounds.

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Pros - brilliantly written characters with sharp and wittty dialogue, fantastic narrative with great twists, super addictive.

Cons - none except maybe not as good as his previous novels.

Another great thriller from Brookmyre. Like many Brookmyre fans, I am still on the fence about how the Jasmine Sharp novels compare to his previous books, and because of this I think it is important to step away from them and use other thriller novelists as a benchmark. As such, this novel is eminently addictive, with short multi-perspective chapters forcing you to read on in a way that is reminiscent of some of James Patterson's early Cross novels. The story itself is incredibly detailed and the twists come thick and fast; just as you think you know the score, Brookmyre peals back another layer to completely change the game. The characters have developed into much more rounded personalities, particularly McLeod, and are far more interesting than the previous two books in the series. Brookmyre's ability to write believable dialogue is second to none and helps bring the characters to life (ironic as he also kills so many of them). The only downside for me is that I worry a lot of the pop culture references will become dated and may also be lost on some of the traditional Patterson/Rankin/Child fans, that said, they no way detract from the novel.
Overall, is this better than his earlier more comic and wacky novels? For me, no. Is this better than a lot of the other best selling thrillers out there? I think it certainly holds its own, and certainly has more character.
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I was underwhelmed by the 1st two books of this series, and couldn't empathise with the lead protagonists (except possibly Fallan) However this book has fleshed out the characters greatly, Jasmine no longer grates, Catherine begins to show a human side, and some of the wit of the author's previous outings is beginning to show through. The peripheral characters are now given more prominence, whereas before the books tended to concentrate too much on the main characters. This was a make or break for me & I must say I enjoyed this book greatly, not (In my opinion) up to the heights of some of his earlier work, which was acerbic, dark and very funny, but some definite strides in the right direction. For all of you who think the author has 'lost it' (whatever it may be) I would urge you to give this a try, this from a fan who has read & re-read all of the authors works.
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Aug. 2013
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It is hard to review this novel as a stand alone crime novel as I have read all Mr Brookmyre's books and loved them but I think this is a great novel. It may help you to read Where The Bodies Are Buried and When The Devil Drives before this one to get some of the back story and fully enjoy the interplay between the main characters but it's not necessary as the basics are covered in this book.
A Glasgow gangster is shot and killed and his nemesis from many years ago, Glen Fallan, is framed. It all gets a bit complicated after that but suffice to say it gets sorted with plenty of twists and dark humour. I really don't know where to start with the praise. The plot is gripping - I was up till 6 in the morning to finish it (just one more chapter) - as it intersperses the past and present to build up to the climax. The characters are well rounded and believable - Jasmine's search for her mother's past is very poignant and as always Mr Brookmyre ties up the loose ends in a most satisfying manner whilst dropping a hint about what may be coming next. All in all a tour de force and well worth reading.
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I hesitated before buying this third in the Jasmine Sharp series as I had found the first two a little irritating on the flashback front, mainly about Jas' mother which seemed endless and repetitive.

I'm glad I did buy it, though. Excellent plot, lots of threads all coming together as the story unfolds and sleep lost as I couldn't put it down. I actually finished this one mid-evening as I took to reading it in the day as well - long time since I've done that!

The plot builds to a gripping finale and ultimately all ends are neatly tied up.
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By D. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Aug. 2013
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I am really enjoying Chris(topher) Brookmyre's new(ish) Glasgow crime series - the previous volumes are Where The Bodies Are Buried and When The Devil Drives. These books all feature ex-actress-turned-private-investigator Jasmine Sharp, Detective Superintendant Catherine McLeod and reformed (?) Glasgow hard man Glen Fallan. The earlier books introduced Sharp, in particular: this one tells us a bit more about the other two (though Sharp also has some great scenes). In flashbacks, we see Fallan as an apprentice gangster, recruited and rising through the ranks, and learn why McLeod loathes him so deeply.

Again, this book concerns a mystery raked up from the past, as Fallan is arrested almost red handed for the murder of the man who evidently didn't kill him all those years ago - but was previously thought to have. (Not a spoiler: it's in the blurb). It isn't the only one: the book is full of mysteries like that - nothing, whether past crimes or family relationships, is quite what it seems. Fallan, Sharp and McLeod need to find answers for the sake of their careers, families - and lives.

The central characters are portrayed believably. Their relationships have developed through the series. There has been cooperation, but it's been forced cooperation and they are wary of each other - it's fun to see them badmouthing each other as they go about their business. McLeod makes a convincing senior "polis": we hear again about that "dark place" she sometimes goes to, but she's not a clichéd burned our cop with a wrecked home life.
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