Glasgow University, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Christopher studied at Glasgow University and finished it with a Master of Arts (with honors) in 1989.
(Investigative journalist Jack Parlabane has visited plent...)
Investigative journalist Jack Parlabane has visited plenty of crime scenes but whoever carved up Dr. Jeremy Ponsoby wanted to send a particularly revolting message. As jet-lagged, hungover, and nauseated as he may be, Parlabane knows this was no break-in gone wrong. Dr. Sarah Slaughter, anesthesiologist and ex-wife of the victim, is beginning to believe it, too. Ponsoby had plenty of secrets, and in a profession that thrives on corruption, collusion, and an appalling disregard for public welfare, anything is possible. But the motivations for her husband’s murder cut even deeper than they can imagine. Are Parlabane and Slaughter a match for the skullduggery?
(Just when left-leaning journalist Jack Parlabane trades i...)
Just when left-leaning journalist Jack Parlabane trades in his muckraking career for domestic quietude, the muck comes calling. Conservative tabloid tycoon Roland Voss, his wife, and their two ineffectual bodyguards have been found murdered at Voss’s country estate. An arrest has been made, the media is pouncing, and Parlabane smells a fix. So does public defender Nicole Carrow. The pigeon is her former client, a harmless Robin Hood burglar now accused of breaking parole most spectacularly. But this is no simple frame-up. It’s a high-level conspiracy. Parlabane and Carrow are determined to do right - even as so many things are about to go wrong.
(After a family tragedy, LAPD cop Larry Freeman gets back ...)
After a family tragedy, LAPD cop Larry Freeman gets back to work with what he thinks is a simple assignment: Keep a rabid group of right-wing evangelical protestors as far as possible from a celluloid celebration of ex - and very X - adult film actors. But when a vessel is discovered off the West Coast with its crew vanished, Freeman finds himself caught in a far more twisted and dangerous game than he imagined.
(Gavin Hutchison has a plan to create a unique “floating h...)
Gavin Hutchison has a plan to create a unique “floating holiday experience” on a converted North Sea oil rig. It’ll be a haven for tourists who want a vacation without the hassle of actually going anywhere. And what better way to test out his venture than to host a fifteen-year high school reunion, the biggest social event of his life? Believe it or not, the plan goes all wrong. Not only does no one remember Gavin, but his wife has discovered his philandering ways and plans to ditch him with a very public announcement in front of his assembled guests. That includes the uninvited ones, like a band of party-crashing mercenaries who are about to bring out the very worst in these very old friends.
(Jack Parlabane, the investigative journalist who is not a...)
Jack Parlabane, the investigative journalist who is not averse to breaking the law for the sake of a good story, has finally been caught on the petard of his own self-confidence and is experiencing accommodation courtesy of Her Majesty.
(Back when they were students, just like everybody else, R...)
Back when they were students, just like everybody else, Ray Ash and Simon Darcourt had dreams about what they'd do when they grew up. In both their cases, it was to be rock stars. Fifteen years later, their mid-thirties are bearing down fast, and just like everybody else, they're having to accept the less glamorous hands reality has dealt them. Nervous new father Ray takes refuge from his responsibilities by living a virtual existence in online games. People say he needs to grow up, but everybody has to find their own way of coping. For some it's affairs, for others it's the bottle, and for Simon it's serial murder, mass slaughter, and professional assassination.
(The Sacred Art of Stealing is narrative catnip for fans o...)
The Sacred Art of Stealing is narrative catnip for fans of crime fiction laced with dark humor. This is how the story goes: Their eyes met across a crowded room. She was just a poor servant girl and he was the son of a rich industrialist... Well, the eyes meeting across a crowded room part is true. Where it differs from the fairy tales is that the room in question was crowded with hostages and armed bank-robbers, and Zal Innez’s eyes were the only part of him that Angelique de Xavia could see behind his mask. Angelique had enough to be fed up about before the embarrassment of being a cop taken hostage by the most bizarrely unorthodox crooks ever to set foot in Glasgow.
(It was a junket, a freebie. A 'team-building' weekend in ...)
It was a junket, a freebie. A 'team-building' weekend in the highlands for lawyers, advertising execs, businessmen, even the head of a charity. Oh, and a journalist, specially solicited for his renowned and voluble skepticism - Jack Parlabane. Amid the flying paintballs and flowing Shiraz even the most cynical admit the organisers have pulled some surprises - stalkers in the forest, power cuts in the night, mass mobile phone thefts, disappearing staff, disappearing guests: there's nothing can bring out people's hidden strengths or break down inter-personal barriers quite like not having a clue what's going on and being scared out of your wits.
(As a teenager, Jane Bell had dreamt of playing in the cas...)
As a teenager, Jane Bell had dreamt of playing in the casinos of Monte Carlo in the company of James Bond, but in her punk phase she’d got herself pregnant and by the time she reaches forty-six she’s a grandmother, her dreams as dry as the dust her Dyson sucks up from her hall carpet. Then her son Ross, a researcher working for an arms manufacturer in Switzerland, is forced to disappear before some rather shady and dangerous characters persuade him to part with the secrets of his research. But they are not the only ones desperate to locate him.
(When a neighborhood heroin dealer turns up dead one fine ...)
When a neighborhood heroin dealer turns up dead one fine morning in Scotland, no one is too surprised. Sleeping with a major drug trafficker’s girlfriend can bring around plenty of enemies. It’s no wonder that Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod has plenty of early leads. If only out-of-work actress Jasmine Sharp could get a lead. With a career in nosedive, she’s learning the ropes at her uncle Jim’s PI business. But when Jim 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. Following the trail quickly leads Sharp into the crosshairs of an unknown assailant - and headed down the same road as McLeod.
(Fast-paced and wickedly entertaining, Jaggy Splinters is ...)
Fast-paced and wickedly entertaining, Jaggy Splinters is a dark, twisted, and hilarious collection of short stories from best-selling author Christopher Brookmyre. Everyone's favorite unorthodox journalist Jack Parlabane goes undercover to investigate the mysterious and lucrative world of alternative medicine - in particular, the practice of homeopathy. Are there unexplained forces that can be harnessed to heal us, or is it all a load of sugar?
(Celebrated, beautiful, and talented, rock star Heike Gunn...)
Celebrated, beautiful, and talented, rock star Heike Gunn had everything ... right up until she vanished. Meanwhile, Scottish journalist Jack Parlabane just watched his career and marriage vanish, along with his reputation, after landing himself on the wrong end of a scandal. But when he gets a call for help from Heike’s manager, Parlabane sees a shot at redemption.
(Diana Jager is clever, strong, and successful, a skilled ...)
Diana Jager is clever, strong, and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism in medicine. Yet it takes only hours for her life to crumble when her personal details are released on the internet as revenge for her writing. Then Diana meets Peter. He is kind, generous, and knows nothing about her past - the second chance she’s been waiting for. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident, a nightmare end to their fairy-tale romance. But Peter’s sister doesn’t believe in fairy tales, and tasks rogue reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling the Black Widow.
(A propulsive science fiction tale of murder and memory, a...)
A propulsive science fiction tale of murder and memory, all set on a futuristic space station. Hundreds of miles above Earth, the space station Ciudad de Cielo - The City in the Sky - is a beacon of hope for humanity's expansion into the stars. But not everyone aboard shares such noble ideals. Bootlegging, booze, and prostitution form a lucrative underground economy for rival gangs, which the authorities are happy to turn a blind eye to until a disassembled corpse is found dancing in the micro-gravity. In charge of the murder investigation is Nikki "Fix" Freeman, who is not thrilled to have Alice Blake, an uptight government goody-two-shoes, riding shotgun. As the bodies pile up, and the partners are forced to question their own memories, Nikki and Alice begin to realize that gang warfare may not be the only cause for the violence.
(Will Raven is a medical student, apprenticing for the bri...)
Will Raven is a medical student, apprenticing for the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson. Sarah Fisher is Simpson’s housemaid, and has all of Raven’s intelligence but none of his privileges. As bodies begin to appear across the Old Town, Raven and Sarah find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh’s underworld. And if either of them are to make it out alive, they will have to work together to find out who’s responsible for the gruesome deaths.
(To new nanny Amanda, the Temple family seem to have it al...)
To new nanny Amanda, the Temple family seem to have it all: the former actress; the famous professor; their three successful grown-up children. But like any family, beneath the smiles and hugs there lurks far darker emotions. Sixteen years earlier, little Niamh Temple died while they were on holiday in Portugal. Now, as Amanda joins the family for a reunion at their seaside villa, she begins to suspect one of them might be hiding something terrible...
Christopher schooled in Barrhead, attending St. Mark's Primary School and St. Luke's High School. Later, he studied at Glasgow University and finished it with a Master of Arts (with honors) in 1989.
Christopher started to work at Screen International as a sub-editor during 1989-93. He also worked at The Scotsman/Edinburgh Evening News as a sub-editor during 1993-96.
In 1996 he wrote his first work Quite Ugly One Morning. The novel is full of graphic images of violence and mutilation, but the Times Literary Supplement critic declared that “thanks to the author’s deadpan extravagance, all this mayhem makes for an entertaining read.” It followed by Country of the Blind in 1997 and Not the End of the World in 1998. Reviews of Country of the Blind were generally positive, although criticisms were made of the pace of the plotting and the scope of the novel. A Books reviewer gave the book a whole-hearted thumbs up, calling the novel “fast-moving” and “credible” and plotted with “gusto and intelligence.” Other critics muted their praise somewhat with concerns about elements that detracted from the plot and made The Country of the Blind less effective than Brookmyre’s earlier Quite-Ugly One Morning.
In 1999, Not the End of the World was released. It was Brookmyre’s first novel to be set in the United States - Santa Monica, California to be exact. Barry Didcock for the Scotsman reflected, “A Scottish writer broaching the political and ideological complexities of the New World and doing it in style is a rare thing in the current climate of literary navel-gazing.” Phil Daoust writing in the Guardian called the book “tremendous fun. Partly it’s the black humor and snappy, streetwise style, worthy of Carl Hiaasen or El-more Leonard; partly the author’s ability to make us empathize with almost anyone.” Peter Millar for the Times continued, “The whole thing is thrown together splendidly with all the sardonic wit, pointed insights and unrelenting posturing we have come to expect from Brookmyre.” A reviewer for the Sunday Times described Brookmyre’s novel as “witty, well-organized and vividly peopled.”
Bedlam was released in 2013. The book has been turned into a video game, also written by Brookmyre. In 2018 Brookmyre wrote The Way of All Flesh with his wife, Dr. Marisa Haetzman. It was published under the pseudonym Ambrose Parry.
(As a teenager, Jane Bell had dreamt of playing in the cas...)2005
(After a family tragedy, LAPD cop Larry Freeman gets back ...)1998
(Jack Parlabane, the investigative journalist who is not a...)2000
(Fast-paced and wickedly entertaining, Jaggy Splinters is ...)2012
(To new nanny Amanda, the Temple family seem to have it al...)2019
(Back when they were students, just like everybody else, R...)2001
(Just when left-leaning journalist Jack Parlabane trades i...)1997
(Diana Jager is clever, strong, and successful, a skilled ...)2016
(Gavin Hutchison has a plan to create a unique “floating h...)1999
(When a neighborhood heroin dealer turns up dead one fine ...)2011
(Investigative journalist Jack Parlabane has visited plent...)1996
(The Sacred Art of Stealing is narrative catnip for fans o...)2003
(A propulsive science fiction tale of murder and memory, a...)2017
(Will Raven is a medical student, apprenticing for the bri...)2018
(Celebrated, beautiful, and talented, rock star Heike Gunn...)2015
(It was a junket, a freebie. A 'team-building' weekend in ...)2004
Quotations: "I never felt I was setting out to write about Scotland for Scottish readers. I like the fact I have other readers, but I also think people elsewhere in the UK like the fact it’s raw and undiluted."
On December 2, 1991, Christopher married Dr. Marisa Haetzman (an anesthetist).