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Black Widow

On sale

9th March 2017

Price: £9.99

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, 2017

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349141329

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‘A celtic Gone Girl… guaranteed to keep you guessing’ — IAN RANKIN

*****WINNER Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year*****
*****WINNER Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize for Crime Novel of the Year*****

Did she do it? Did he deserve it?

Diana Jager is clever, strong and successful, 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 maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling Black Widow…

‘Black Widow is a stand-out thriller’
Renee Knight, author of Disclaimer

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Reviews

Daily Mail
The story's characters are compelling and the mystery is evoked with scalpel-like precision
The List
A briskly paced thriller with a sense of confident contemporary relevance
Sunday Times
Brookmyre opens with a dramatic court scene, followed by a series of clever twists that challenge the reader to work out who is the victim of an extremely sophisticated crime
Ian Rankin
A celtic Gone Girl... guaranteed to keep you guessing
Spectator
This is mystery plotting at its highest level, all the disparate strands forming into a web and then into a knot that tightens around victim, detective and reader
Sun
I didn't know what was going to happen next in this epic thriller. I urge you to read it, too
Daily Record
Chilling, gripping and exquisitely unpredictable
Jenny Colgan
Tense, intense and quite, quite brilliant
Guardian
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.... Brookmyre plays a cunning, careful game
Sunday Mirror
It's only as you're racing through the final tense pages, full of betrayal, revenge and shocking revelations, that you realise the brilliance behind the construction of this utterly compulsive, whipsmart thriller
Daily Express
Enthralling and entertaining
Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine
A gripping, complex and classy crime novel.
John Dugdale, Sunday Times
Has all the verbal and narrative energy of his best work. A pleasing mix of old and new, its country-hopping plot looks back to Grahame Greene and John Buchan, but the pop and media references are bang up-to-date
Crime Review
Chris Brookmyre does an exceptionally good job . . . making sense of a narrative in which truth and lies are inextricably entwined. The more I read, the more I was hooked
Renee Knight (author of Disclaimer)
Black Widow is a stand-out thriller, reminiscent of the best of Nordic Noir but with its own vivid landscape
Scotland on Sunday
Black Widow does its best to evade you at every turn, demanding your full attention
Jessica Mann, Literary Review
'Brookmyre writes beautifully and describes an unfamiliar world vividly and credibly... I was hooked'
Sunday Telegraph
A biting satire, nuanced enough to avoid polemic
The Big Issue
One of Brookmyre's most accomplished books... razor sharp
Daily Telegraph
Chris Brookmyre has some claim to be the leading satirical novelist currently at work in Britain
Elly Griffiths
It's a tour de force. It's such an important book, with fantastic characters - a really strong novel ... It keeps us guessing not just who did it, but why they did it, and cements Chris's place in the pantheon of great crime writers.
Renee Knight, author of Disclaimer
Black Widow is a stand-out thriller, reminiscent of the best of Nordic Noir but with its own vivid landscape