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Summary

When her father’s killer, Glen Fallan, is arrested for another murder, PI Jasmine Sharp enters an underworld where violence is a way of life and vengeance spans generations. DS 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. But this case is far more dangerous than it appears on the surface; deeper than skin, darker than blood.…

©2013 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Prodigiously funny and inventive, here he takes crime fans exactly where they want to go." ( Daily Telegraph)
"Tense, moving, and gloriously twisted." (Mark Billingham)

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A BRAW STOY

I enjoyed listening to this very much - so much that it stopped me doing things I should have been doing. It was a storyline with a lot of characters who took a while to come together and a surprisingly 'feel good' end. The story line was good and the narrator was good. I feel a wee bit sorry for non-Scottish listeners as Mr Brookmyre drops a fair few bits of the vernacular in there. Well done Mr B - I enjoy his crime novels much more than his Sc-iFi ones

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Another excellent Jasmine Sharp story

What made the experience of listening to Flesh Wounds the most enjoyable?

It was another great episode of the Jasmine Sharp world. In typical style Brookmyre weaves a believable Glasgow story with the usual characters. The truth is finally revealed about Jasmine's father as she tries to prove the innocence of her sometime protector and mentor Fallon.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flesh Wounds?

Probably the dispatch of the arch villain by Jasmine Sharp, horrifyingly icky.

What about Sarah Barron’s performance did you like?

As usual her performance was excellent, she gives life to the characters and the Glasgow turn of phrase is brought to life by her silky Scottish voice.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Revenge of the bams!

Any additional comments?

Brookmyre's work is excellent, I have followed him for many years through many characters. Jasmine Sharp has grown as a character through the three books to a likeable, intelligent and Machiavellian character in true Brookmyre style. In fact the cast of regular characters have all grown into three dimensional people that you can't but fail to care for. If you are looking for a good taste of Glasgae wrapped up in a rip roaring story, this book is for you.

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Plot spoiler for Book 1 - thanks Audible!

I am currently listening to the first in the series and, as I was enjoying is so much, decided to look at the next in the series. The first line of the description reveals away a major plot twist in book one, which I hadn't got to yet. AAAARRGGGGHHHH.

I realise that the descriptions on Audible are usually blurbs from the publisher, cut and pasted but for goodness' sake, sort it out!

I want my money back for the previous book. and yes, you probably won't post this but I needed a good moan...

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A really enjoyable listen

If you could sum up Flesh Wounds in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, moving, funny.

What did you like best about this story?

It is hard to say. The storyline is excellent and follows on really well from the two earlier books in the series, the characters are extremely well drawn, it manages to be serious, tragic, and funny all at the same time. Also the narration and the Glasgow accents and speech forms are very droll but also help create the authentic atmosphere of the setting.

Which character – as performed by Sarah Barron – was your favourite?

None. They are all good. Or one could say that Glasgow itself becomes a character through the use of language, accent and dialect.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I wanted to savour it. I was sorry it ended.

Any additional comments?

I'll definitely listen to it again.

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on form!

What did you like most about Flesh Wounds?

brookmyre's reliably dark humour, with the scottishisms I don't routinely get to hear. always not quite the punchline I expected.

What did you like best about this story?

because I'm sentimental, I enjoyed a loose end from previous books in the series tied up,. apart from the riveting page-turniness of the plot of course

Have you listened to any of Sarah Barron’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

mainly laugh, often out loud

Any additional comments?

I always look out for the next CB

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Classic Brookmyre!!

Not disappointed me so far, enjoyed the twists and turns , dark humour. look forward to the next one

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"Beware the vengeance of a patient man."

Absolutely brilliant.
Complex but so believable. Very good characters and characteriseation.
The narrator, Sarah Barron, has perfect pace, good intonation, individual voicing for the various protagonists and a very pleasant timbre and Scottish accent which is easy on the ear. An excellent performance which compliments the writing perfectly.
Great book

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best one yet... yet again

The twists and turns were tightly controlled, keeping me guessing but never correctly. What a treat.

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A plot and a giggle with people you care about.

I really like the way characters are developed, I like the way egalitarianism seeps through every sentence, as well as ribald and deadpan humour.
I love the way that opportunity for social comment is not overlooked in the interest of a film/tv deal; but I would so like Chris Brookmyre's work to make it onto the big screen. They would provide condiment to an otherwise hackneyed and cynical output from an industry that seems to be steered more by spreadsheet than creativity.
Real romance and strong female leads, shocking violence and all delivered by the excellent Sarah Baron.

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Surprising twists and excellent.

Darker than early Brookmyre, and maybe not for the faint hearted, as quite shocking in parts, but I thought it was an amazingly crafted conclusion to the Jasmine Sharp trilogy. Gripping and well written as always, and still darkly funny in parts. Although this drew a lot of story lines to a conclusion it did leave the door open for another - hope so!!!

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Excellent Detective Story plus very black humour

What made the experience of listening to Flesh Wounds the most enjoyable?

The story was a cracker, twists and unexpected turns, with a satisfying finish

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flesh Wounds?

The final meeting with Doak

Which character – as performed by Sarah Barron – was your favorite?

Katherine

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Glasgow hardmen meet their match in a 7 stone girl. (I'll never eat a pumpkin again)

Any additional comments?

Superb, one of Brookmyre's best.