Chris Brookmyre with Black Widow in St Andrews

Thursday 18th February 2016

  • Venue The Bookshop, 7 Greyfriars Garden, St Andrews, KY16 9HG
  • Doors open 7.45pm
  • Start time 8pm
Image of Chris Brookmyre with Black Widow

Glaswegian author Chris Brookmyre has earned his stripes as one of Britain’s best crime writers with nineteen ingenious novels. We are delighted to launch Brookmyre’s latest work Black Widow, an intense, chilling thriller that brings back one of his most beloved characters, maverick reporter Jack Parlabane.

Black Widow
follows the twisted unraveling of Diana Jager’s life. Clever, strong and successful, Diana is a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism. 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 she meets Peter. He’s 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 fairytale romance. But Peter’s sister Lucy doesn’t believe in fairytales, and tasks investigative reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling Black Widow…

As the Guardian aptly observed, Black Widow is exceptionally good – a knotty mystery that’s not just richly, provocatively political but one of the most perceptive excavations of a dysfunctional marriage I can remember reading.” For those who were captivated by Gone Girl, Girl on a Train and those fabulous crime narratives which emotionally invest the reader, Brookmyre will delight and fascinate.

Wry and political, Brookmyre’s crime fiction is unique in its fantastic blend of humour and suspense, for which he’s been awarded the Sherlock Award for Best Comic Detective as well as the prestigious Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. Do join us for laughs, thrills and unique insights into the fictional world of one of Scotland’s finest.