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Black Widow

A Jack Parlabane Thriller

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Winner of the 2017 Theakson Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and the 2016 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime book of the year

From Scottish crime master Christopher Brookmyre, Black Widow tells the potent story of a woman who thought she was too late for love, the man who falls for her ambition, and the secret selves that are poised, at any moment, to end everything.

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 she 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 Lucy 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.

Still on the mend from a turbulent divorce, Jack's investigation into matters of the heart takes him to hidden places no one should ever have to go.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 19, 2016 – In Brookmyre's underwhelming seventh thriller featuring Scottish newshound Jack Parlance (after 2015's Dead Girl Walking), Dr. Diana Jager, who once had a promising surgical career, has moved from London to Inverness, where she has taken a less prestigious job, after her private blog, which railed on sexism in the surgical field, was hacked and her personal details were posted online. Happily, Jager meets IT guru Peter Elphinstone, and after a whirlwind romance, the two wed. Disillusion sets in when Jager finds Elphinstone, who's allegedly working on a top-secret tech project, to be secretive to the point of shifty. And then six months into the marriage, Elphinstone drives his car off a twisty road into a river. The body is never recovered, and he's presumed dead; Jager is soon charged with his murder. Elphinstone's sister asks Parlabane, who's struggling with his own marital difficulties, to find out what really happened. Despite some intriguing twists, Jager's story is unremarkable, and Parlabane does little to earn his title as journalist.

Customer Reviews

Hard to follow

As an American there were a lot of acronyms I couldn’t understand. Also you have to be fluent in computer lingo. Petty good plot nonetheless.

Black Widow
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  • $16.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Nov 01, 2016
  • Publisher: Grove Atlantic
  • Seller: Perseus Books, LLC
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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