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Where The Bodies Are Buried by [Brookmyre, Chris]
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A strident blast of the trumpet to wake up crime fiction readers everywhere. --Val McDermid

Premier-league crime writing. --Mark Billingham

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* The brililant new novel from the bestselling author Chris Brookmyre - and a change of direction

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1248 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (2 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZKVEF6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,885 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
The latest novel from Chris Brookmyre (note that - Chris, not Christopher) marks a significant change for the author, with a new set of characters that are due to appear again in subsequent books. What's most notable about Where The Bodies Are Buried however (apart from the shortening of the author's first name), is that Brookmyre's latest novel is ...well, somewhat more conventional as a crime thriller than his previous semi-comic terrorist thrillers.

That's not to say that the author's trademark Glaswegian wit, irony and deadpan sarcasm isn't still in evidence, nor that he has lost any of the keenness of his observational satire of the bampots that pass for a Glasgow crime underworld. There's a great riff early in the book on the lack of subtlety among the criminal fraternity north of the border, where a crime is not so much a "whodunit" as a "cannaemisswhodunit". Somewhat surprisingly then, Where The Bodies Are Buried is pretty much a whodunit and the new characters introduced in this novel are a police detective and a Private Investigator.

Jasmine Sharp is an out-of-work actress who is employed by her ex-police force PI uncle Jim, to help him out with the usual ham-fisted insurance claims and scams that make up the majority of his work. When Jim goes missing however, Jasmine discovers that he's been working on a couple of other long-standing missing person cases that may be linked to his own disappearance. The Glasgow police however have other matters to worry about when DI Catherine Geddis looks into the killing of a criminal that seems to have sparked off a war between the city's drug lords, but finds that her investigations appear to be hampered from agencies within the police force itself.
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I enjoyed this novel, and it was better than a post Rebus Rankin that I struggled through just before it. It lacks the spark that made me want to read all the other Brookmyres though. "A snowball in hell" is my favourite of his books, whilst "a tale etched in blood and hard black pencil" got me into him.
It would be hard for him to continue along in that line without becoming repetitive though, so this is a bit different for him, but does make him more like many other crime writers. It gets a bit boring reading cliched descriptions of cops with dyfunctional family lives because they work too hard, bent coppers etc.
So, a good book but unusually for him not a brilliant book.
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Like other reviewers here, a Brookmyre completist (initially ensnared by "Not the end of the world"). Totally sold on his Hiaasen like take on the political, religious, wacky -well if you weren't laughing you'ld have to cry - world of Central and West Scotland. And then Pandaemonium, and then this. A less than totally convincing swing into sci-fi fantasy, and then a serviceable but totally unremarkable whodunit.

It only gets two stars from me because it could have been a less readable pot-boiler - and I admit I read it straight through - but it lacks just about all the elements that make Brookmyre's previous books different and exceptional. I certainly will be watching the reviews, and almost certainly waiting until the paperback release of his next one.

So where's the body? It may just be that he's run out of plot lines in his politics/sectarianism/corruption box: Scotland is a lot duller under devolution, with fewer Sassenach carpet-baggers or press barons to worry about. The seams based on teenage tearaways, then and grown up a bit may be getting thin.

But I suspect that he's where many an indie singer-songwriter finds themselves after the sixth album, trying to get out of his niche, cross-over, whatever. Produce plots that will sustain a Glaswegian Wire, perhaps. At least avoiding multi-layered plots that TV commissioning editors despair of turning into a ninety minute special, and introducing characters without pre-watershed blemishes (no alcoholics or lesbians,or Ugandan Asian Special Branch female anti-terrorist amazons, for example). Little late for the two female detective slot, I fear.
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I've had my Brookmyres on pre-order from Amazon ever since "Ugly One Morning", even tho' my faith wavered after the dire "Pandaemonium". But no more! This latest one is sadly lacking in the old energy - in fact it's almost DULL.

I think Brookmyre's forgotten what made him so good in the first place, and he's now trying to write Grown Up. As a result, the book is clogged up by:-

* 'Proper' words like "ostensibly", "exacerbated", etc, instead of the old joyous, salty slang;
* A 'womans' point of view, god help us, man, stick to what you know. The sex scenes from the viewpoint of DI Catherine McLeod were embarrassing;
* Some of the most laborious driving you could imagine - "He drove east along the Gallowgate, past the Barrowland and round the dog-leg up to Tollcross Road. His pace was steady and careful [you're telling me].....he turned left off Tollcross Road before it became Hamilton Road, heading north past Tolllcross Park..." on and on we go. OK, you've convinced us, you know Glasgow. Every Brookmyre since "Ugly One Morning" has contained padding, but the padding has always been FUN before.

Off to re-read "Boiling A Frog"
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